Resolution clarifies council approval needed to process planning applications with annexation

Winters City Council passed a resolution to require council approval to process planning applications from developers for any project that would annex land outside the city limits.

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The Winters City Council passed a resolution to require council approval to process planning applications from developers for any project that would annex land outside the city limits, at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Resolution 2019-43 replacing Resolution 2019-35, passed Tuesday, Aug. 20, after city staff received council direction to clean up ambiguity between the city’s urban limit line and sphere of influence at the Joint Land Use and Planning Workshop.

The August resolution was unclear as to whether developers would need council approval for projects that included land to be annexed from areas within the city’s sphere of influence, but outside urban limit lines, or only when development applications included land in unincorporated Yolo County outside the sphere of influence.

The need for a resolution followed public outcry over now infamous talks between city staff and developer Bellvue North over a development in the city’s North Planning Area in addition to land being annexed from both outside the urban limit line and the sphere of influence.

“The bottom line is very simple: anything outside the city limits” said City Manager John W. Donlevy Jr.

No application has been submitted, and city staff reported at the Joint Land Use and Planning Workshop that there are no current applications pending, although the developer may return to the project in the future.

A council vote could deny planning applications that would require an amendment to the zoning code by extending the city’s General Plan area, saving developers the expense of paying the planning application fees for a project that wouldn’t be approved.

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