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New housing subdivision coming to Keyes
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Vacant land near Norma Way in Keyes will soon be developed into two subdivisions following approval from the Stanislaus County Planning Commission. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

Keyes may soon be home to new neighborhoods, as the Stanislaus County Planning Commission approved applications at their Thursday meeting to build two subdivisions near Norma Way.


The two lots where the proposed subdivisions will be built total 19.9 acres and are to be subdivided into 91 single-family residential lots of at least 5,000 square feet. The first lot, Keyes 19 North, is located at 4713, 4805 and 4707 Norma Way between Lucinda Avenue and Nunes Road. Keyes 19 South, the second lot, is located at 5819 Washington Road between Norma Way and Nunes Road.


C Valley Properties, LLC and KD Land and Cattle Investments, LLC applied to develop the subdivisions through two separate applications, but due to the two lots’ proximity to each other the applications were presented together at the planning commission meeting.


“We just want to show our enthusiasm for the project,” said Matt Vinson, speaking on behalf of C Valley Properties. “We’re happy that we’re here with a project that…the community will definitely benefit from.”


The proposed project sites currently consist of a combination of vacant and improved land, with the improvements consisting of single-family dwellings and accessory buildings.


The tentative map presented at the meeting showed that Keyes 19 North is 13.2 acres and will be subdivided into 64 residential lots. Along with the proposed residential lots, the tentative map also proposed the extension of Stella Avenue, Cora Way and Norma Way, the development of a .79 acre dual-use storm drain basin, the expansion of Hatch Park and the creation of a .23 acre remainder parcel.


The tentative map for Keyes 19 South proposed that the 6.7 acre parcel of land be divided into 27 residential lots. The map also proposed the development of a 1.16 acre storm drain basin that will be screened from Washington Road by the construction of an eight foot high masonry with landscaping, as well as the incorporation of an agricultural buffer comprised of an eight foot high masonry wall and the staggering of two different rows of trees.


To protect the long-term health of local agriculture, the county requires a buffer between agricultural and non-agricultural uses.


“We’re excited that we were able to work with the various Stanislaus County jurisdictions to make sure that we have a compliant project, especially with the ag buffer,” said Vinson. “I think we came up with a very pleasant solution.”