Fox Hills Community Specific Plan Update and EIR

EMC Planning Group prepared the Fox Hills Community Specific Plan Update and Environmental Impact Report for the Fox Hills Development Company. The Plan Update boundary includes approximately 1,250 acres of mostly agricultural land in the lower foothills of the Diablo Mountain Range in southwestern Merced County. Project boundaries include agricultural land and a future extension of Pioneer Road to the north, the San Luis Canal to the east, a parcel line located about 1000 feet north of Los Banos Creek to the south, and Interstate 5 to the west. The Plan Update incorporates the original Fox Hills Specific Urban Development Plan area, which encompasses approximately 391-acres that include an 18-hole public championship golf course, 402 low density active adult residences, parks, community amenities, and water supply and wastewater treatment facilities. The Plan Update includes an additional 2,098 low and medium density active adult dwelling units, 960 low and medium density "conventional" dwelling units, nine acres of commercial mixed-use (including 60 dwelling units), 140,000 square feet of general commercial space, recreational trails, parks, and a new public golf course. EMC Planning Group directed all facets of the plan and entitlement process, including plan making, site design, and CEQA processes; coordination of a 13 firm subconsultant team; and interface with local, regional, state, and federal agencies.

Key plan and project level issues include circulation, wastewater treatment, water supply and treatment, air quality, noise, and agricultural and biological resources.

The general plan amendment, zone change, tentative map, and discretionary permits for multiple-family and commercial uses were approved by the Board of Supervisors on a 5-0 vote. The process was completed in only 18 months, a very short timeframe for a project of this complexity.