Letters: Farm land needs to be protected

“We urge the City Council to put an end to the proposed North Area development.”
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We agree completely with the views expressed by Keith and Diane Cary in their letter in the April 17 Winters Express regarding the proposed North Area development. And we commend the Winters Express for exposing the less than transparent process that has taken place.

According to the City Manager’s report, 74 homes have been built in the last three years and the new subdivisions Stones Throw and Heartland will total 502 homes being built over the next 7 years with an average of 2.71 people per home. There will also be 63 units in the Senior Housing Project. That sounds like pretty fast growth for Winters. The proposed North Area development would double the size of the City. That would likely lead to Winters looking like Dixon or Vacaville with big box stores in the outlying areas and a dead downtown. That’s not what we would like to see. Any additional growth should concentrate on higher density infill.

In addition, the North Area is in the flood plain, so the cost of solving the flooding problems would add to the price of the homes or other buildings built there. It is agricultural land with orchards and vineyards and should stay that way. California loses about 40,000 acres of agricultural land each year to non-agricultural uses. The Central Valley of California is the last great Mediterranean climate food producing area in the world, and if we want to continue feeding a growing population, farmland needs to be protected. We urge the City Council to put an end to the proposed North Area development.

Rich and Evelyne Rominger


The Express encourages readers to submit letters of general interest to the Winters community. All letters must be received by Monday at noon for consideration of publication in that week’s edition. To learn more about how to submit your letter to the Express, click here.

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  1. Agree completely. We moved to winters to enjoy the life and community that exists today. I can’t imagine doubling the size of the city especially pinning the city fortunes to one developer…who hasn’t always played above board. I hope the community makes our voices heard about the city we want and works hard to be a check on the council and the developer.

  2. Agree completely. We moved to winters to enjoy the life and community that exists today. I can’t imagine doubling the size of the city especially pinning the city fortunes to one developer…who hasn’t always played above board. I hope the community makes our voices heard about the city we want and works hard to be a check on the council and the developer.

  3. Why did the city wait so long to consider this? They could have been making plans for the last several years. It was common knowledge that this land was purchased by a developer and that his plan was for development when the time seemed right. This happened before when a developer wanted to build a golf course and upscale homes on much of the same land. At that time some residents got up in arms when they heard about it. Then it seems like everyone forgot about the north area until development looked imminent again. As for the orchards and vineyards, they would not have been possible without the deep tiling and extensive irrigation system put in by the current owner. Before he came most of the land was in row crops or dry farmed or range land.. I think Winters is growing too fast but I am not a city resident (yet) so I can’t vote for those that make the decisions. I hope that the city keeps in mind the necessary infrastructure needed if they approve this expansion. .Somewhere I have an old map of the flood plain in the north area if the city can’t find one.

  4. Why did the city wait so long to consider this? They could have been making plans for the last several years. It was common knowledge that this land was purchased by a developer and that his plan was for development when the time seemed right. This happened before when a developer wanted to build a golf course and upscale homes on much of the same land. At that time some residents got up in arms when they heard about it. Then it seems like everyone forgot about the north area until development looked imminent again. As for the orchards and vineyards, they would not have been possible without the deep tiling and extensive irrigation system put in by the current owner. Before he came most of the land was in row crops or dry farmed or range land.. I think Winters is growing too fast but I am not a city resident (yet) so I can’t vote for those that make the decisions. I hope that the city keeps in mind the necessary infrastructure needed if they approve this expansion. .Somewhere I have an old map of the flood plain in the north area if the city can’t find one.

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