Company offers bonus to Curtis Creek district

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By CLAIRE ST. JOHN

Sierra Pacific Industries' potential development of Peaceful Oak Estates brings Curtis Creek School District both the prospect of more students and a free septic system.

Curtis Creek School District trustees were offered the septic system at Tuesday's meeting and will decide whether to accept the offer at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Curtis Creek School.

The septic system, sorely needed at the Standard Road elementary school, was to be built with critical hardship funds from the state. No cost estimate for the system was available this morning.

But SPI's development consultant, Gerry Kamilos, said SPI is willing to install a system this summer as a good-faith gesture, before plans for Peaceful Oak Estates are even approved.

SPI's sewer plans call for wastewater to be pumped directly into a treatment facility, rather than into leach fields as would happen if the school district used the state's money.

If Tuolumne County planning officials approve the 600-plus-acre estates project, the sewer line would have to be built anyway. But if the plans are not approved, the school district would still have its sewer system on SPI's dime, Kamilos said.

The development, which would be bordered by Standard Road, Tuolumne Road and the Curtis Creek Ranch Estates, would include 298 homes on 615.2 acres.

The board was not unfamiliar with the concept of Peaceful Oak Estates, but the plan was changed since the last time it was presented at a meeting.

Previously in its second incarnation the plan included 729 residential lots and a golf course.

"That was too intense a program for this particular area," Kamilos said. "We threw out the old plan completely. We asked the county to just stop processing the application."

The smaller lot number will be easier on Curtis Creek School District, as well. The project application estimates Peaceful Oak Estates will bring 225 kids, from kindergarten through sixth grade, and 65 seventh- and eighth-graders to the district.

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