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SPI seeks OK for 298-home project

By ERIN MAYES

A third proposal for the development of more than 600 acres of land off Standard Road is now before Tuolumne County planners.

The proposed Peaceful Oak Estates is a scaled-back version of what in 1990 was envisioned as "New Standard." The latest proposal, by Sierra Pacific Industries, calls for 298 homes as opposed to the 1,000-plus homes and golf course that the previous land owner, Fibreboard, came up with13 years ago.

The newest application is undergoing a 30-day review with the county Community Development Department. In addition to 298 home sites, plans include a 10.5-acre neighborhood commercial center, trails and paved roads on the land between Highway 108 and Tuolumne Road, along the east side of Standard Road.

In 1989, Fibreboard — which owned the Standard sawmill and nearby property before selling to SPI — applied to develop 800 acres with up to 1,115 homes, 78 acres of commercial and industrial space, a 320-acre golf course with open space, school and park expansions and a town center. That application was withdrawn the next year.

SPI submitted development plans in 1999, according to the project application. A revision of the first proposal, the second set of plans called for 729 houses, a town center, a 180-acre golf course with a club house, a fire station, a 3-acre park and 42 acres of open space. But a draft environmental impact report was never submitted for that project.

In the latest application, SPI proposes both low- and high-density housing on the property. There would be an area of high-density housing called "old town" homes — about eight homes per acre totaling 28 houses. The plans call for 263 "typical" homes on 1.58-acre lots, with one home per acre. "Buffer" homes would consist of seven residences on lots ranging from 3 to 5.49 acres.

SPI has hired Mike Albrecht and Stacey Martin, owners of Sierra Resource Management, a Sonora-based logging company, to represent the project locally.

Albrecht said the original project Fibreboard proposed, with 1,000-plus homes and a full golf course, simply didn't fit the area.


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