Land Use Services Project Experience

Project Experience

Land Use Services

Galt Zoning Ordinance Update – City of Galt

The proposed project included the adoption of the new Citywide Development Code, the new Landscape Design Guidelines, and an updated City of Galt Zoning Map. The general purpose of the City of Galt Development Code was to comprehensively revise the Citywide zoning regulations to shape the future growth of the City and ensure consistency with the General Plan and other applicable regulations. Raney worked with an ad hoc committee appointed by the City Council to review the proposed revisions to the Development Code. The City of Galt’s Landscape Design Guidelines were updated and replaced the existing City of Galt Landscape Manual. The Galt Zoning Map was updated to provide consistency with the new Citywide Development Code and the 2030 Galt General Plan. Raney also prepared the Initial Study under contract with the City of Galt and the project has since been approved.

Wheatland Bikeway Master Plan – City of Wheatland

The Wheatland Bikeway Master Plan Initial Study project consisted of programmatic environmental analysis of the Bikeway Master Plan (BMP). Raney assisted the City of Wheatland by preparing both the BMP and the related Initial Study using Sacramento Area Council of Governments grant money. Prior to the creation of the BMP, there was an absence of guiding policy for the development of coordinated city-wide bikeway system. Since the City of Wheatland was beginning to see an interest in multiple long-range development projects, the City decided it was necessary to develop a BMP to serve as a foundation to help guide future improvements and developments within the City of Wheatland to assist in creating a bicycle network and a more bicycle-friendly City. Raney conducted considerable public outreach and involvement throughout the preparation of the BMP. For instance, Raney assembled an ad hoc committee consisting of city leadership with two Planning Commission and two City Council members and publicly noticed and conducted several ad hoc committee meetings to receive input and policy direction on the evolving master plan document. Raney prepared an Initial Study consistent with CEQA Guidelines to evaluate whether there would be significant impacts due to the implementation of the BMP. The Initial Study analyzed the plan-level impacts of adopting the City’s BMP and the Initial Study has since been approved.

Eastview Specific Plan Annexation Planing Services – City of Galt 

The Eastview Specific Plan project consists of a mixed residential development, including parks, open space, schools, minor commercial and public facilities, and associated infrastructure on approximately 337 acres.  Requested entitlements included Annexation, Pre-zoning, General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan Approval, Vesting Tentative Map(s), and creation of a Mello-Roos or other special financing district.  Raney, under contract with the City of Galt, prepared an EIR to address the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project and provide associated planning services.  Potential environmental impacts analyzed in the EIR include aesthetics, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, agricultural and forestry resources, noise, population and housing, public services and utilities, and transportation and circulation. Raney needed to analyze possible hazard issues from the project site’s history of being used as agriculture land with possible soil contamination. The Specific Plan and Annexation area included both participating and non-participating properties. The EIR addressed the non-participating properties at a program-level while a project-level analysis was prepared for the Liberty Ranch portion of the project. The EIR was further prepared to serve Sacramento County LAFCo at the time of processing the annexation.  Raney and staff had been in close coordination with LAFCo staff regarding the annexation boundaries, process and EIR.  In addition, Raney assisted City staff with application routing, agency coordination, public outreach, preparation of staff reports, and project management. Both the project has been approved and the EIR has been certified. It should be noted that Raney is currently under contract to prepare and process the annexation application for submittal to LAFCo.

Wendy’s Remodel Design Review – City of Antioch

The proposed project consisted of a 2,486-square foot fast food restaurant, drive-thru, and 42 parking stalls.  The remodel included upgrades to the building exterior with new building signage and address numbers, overhangs, accent blade wall, stucco, and paint.  Raney, under contract with the City, provided planning services for Design Review approval, including managing the Architectural Peer Review and preparing the staff report and Conditions of Approval.

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