The development, south and west of the city center, straddles Interstate 580 between Corral Hollow Road and Hansen Road. Phase 1A will sit on the north side of the freeway in the area bordered by Corral Hollow on the east, I-580 on the south and the California Aqueduct to the north and west.
Souza Realty & Development is developing the property for owners Integral Communities in Orange County. Mike Souza, vice president of development for SR&D, and John Palmer, project manager of land planning and development, presented the plan to the council at its regular meeting Tuesday.
“This is the first time that an area phase has gone to this kind of detail,” Souza said in an interview the next day, Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Tracy Hills will incorporate about 1,179 homes, along with some business and retail centers. All of the planned development is built along a spine road that snakes through the development rather than following a straight line from east to west. Palmer told the council it was a way to calm fast traffic among family homes.
“One of the things this road does as it serpentines through is create connections,” Palmer said Wednesday.
He said people living in Tracy Hills would have multiple ways to get across the community.
Councilman Charles Manne asked during the presentation about the safety of building homes close to the California Aqueduct.
Bill Dean, assistant development services director for Tracy, said the safety details are still being discussed.
“One of the ideas is that a house backing along that area will actually be backing along a utility corridor. And along that utility corridor will be a fence there that prevents you from being able to get to the aqueduct,” Dean told the council Tuesday. “One thing we did do is purposefully try to pull those parks away from the corridor.”
Souza said Wednesday that he and Palmer want to create an iconic Tracy feature at the I-580 exit to Corral Hollow Road.
“The city has no presence on 580 now. None,” Souza said. “We have an obligation, we think, to do the right presence on 580. We need to do that right. We need to be the community entry point from the south.”
Souza also said he wants to tie into Tracy’s future in one other way.
“These projects, and I mean primarily Tracy Hills and Ellis, should be viewed as how we are going to support bringing those jobs to Cordes Ranch and Gateway,” he said. “We’re paying attention to our roots, but we’re trying to be what the Silicon Valley people want, to move their jobs out here.”
Tuesday night, all five council members praised the plan and unanimously accepted the report on Tracy Hills.
Dean said the city is still negotiating development agreements for Tracy Hills. The presentation was a chance for council to see a plan overview before formal public hearing, planning, environmental review and approval processes.
Souza said he expects to start developing Tracy Hills Phase 1A within 18 months.
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