Planning Commission hears Stones Throw development proposal

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The Winters City Planning Commission approved a proposal for the next stages of the Stones Throw subdivision at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

Contract Planner Dave Dowswell presented the plans for alley-loaded homes to be added to the development. There will be four models—Spanish, Craftsman, Farmhouse and Traditional—each with three elevation options in the new round of housing for the 52 alley-loaded lots.

Potential buyers will have the option of “universal design” features to promote accessibility. Community member Kate Laddish said of the features, “I just want to highlight again that incorporating these features allows people with different mobility, mobility abilities and ways of getting around to live in and visit homes.”

“It also allows people to age in place and to not have to basically…leave town if the development mobility issues,” Laddish said.

Commissioner Lisa Baker recused herself from the vote as she owns property within 1,000 feet of the development.

Public comment & other business
During the public comment portion of the meeting two Winters residents and neighbors Lisa Dennis and Caroline Nicholson brought concerns over flooding near their homes on Roosevelt Avenue before the Planning Commission. Dennis attributed the flooding to the Stone’s Throw development and the removal of the Highland Canal behind her home. City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa will follow up with both speakers.

Trepa also introduced new senior planner Kirk Skierski. Prior to taking a position in Winters, Skierski served as planning director for Skiskiyou County.

“I’ve spent my career kind of in the northern part of California serving for Yolo County, City of Sacramento, City of Truckee, and Siskiyou County,” said Skierski, “Look forward to working with you all in the future.”

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