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New housing subdivision coming to Denair
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The Stanislaus County Planning Commission recently approved a plan proposed by Solaria Technologies to develop a new subdivision east of Sante Fe Avenue in Denair. - photo by ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal

New homes may soon be built in Denair, as the Stanislaus County Planning Commission recently approved an application to build a subdivision near Sante Fe Avenue.

The 3.09 acre plot of land is located at 3317 and 3331 Story Road, between Sante Fe Avenue and Kristi Drive in Denair, just east of Turlock. Solaria Technologies acquired the land in December 2013, and now a plan is in the works to bring a new neighborhood to the community.

“We’re looking to build nice, semi-custom homes for the community,” said Sam David of Solaria Technologies.

The tentative map presented at the planning commission meeting proposed a street cul-de-sac that will access Story Road. The 3.09 acres will be split into 11 parcels ranging in size from 8,000 12,664 square feet, and the proposed project also includes curb, gutter, sidewalks and an eight-foot high block wall along Santa Fe Avenue.

One home and a barn currently sit on the property, and while the single-family dwelling will remain, the agricultural storage barn will be removed prior to the completion of the project’s final map.

Solaria Technologies ran into some issues in their planning; David explained that the problems were anticipated. Drainage plans for the subdivision were reviewed and amended after a letter received from the Denair Community Services District which informed the developer that any stormwater drainage must stay outside of the proposed utility easements. Prior to the recording of the final map, a County Service Area must be created to maintain the retention basin.

In addition, a pipeline which provides irrigation to a neighboring irrigated pasture must be removed in its entirety within the project limits, and the developer is responsible for the cost and construction of modifying and extending the 30-foot pipeline westerly to restore irrigation service to the pasture. The Turlock Irrigation District also requested that a condition be added, requiring that all lots adjoining irrigated ground be graded so that the finished elevations are at least six inches higher than irrigated ground.

A final plan for the project will be presented to the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors next week, and David expects construction to start soon after if the plans are approved.