Despite public concerns regarding public safety and the future of agriculture, Lincoln City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve a 4,787-acre project near the Lincoln Airport. Newly sworn-in Mayor Stan Nader cast the lone no vote against Village 5. Nader was sworn in Tuesday night as the incoming mayor of Lincoln.
Charter school John Adams Academy is pursuing new real estate or development projects in three different places, including a full K-12 school building in Lincoln. Academy founder Dean Forman said construction could begin on the Lincoln project in fall 2018 or 2019.
Although Lincoln City Council did not pass the Village 5 development plan yet, opting to continue the discussion next Tuesday, the school district passed its own agreement. That agreement positions itself for school funding if and when the city approves Village 5.
Village 5, an 8,200-home development planned for north of Lincoln, will include a special provision designed to protect agriculture in the area. The city of Lincoln plans to apply to the Placer County Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) for annexation of the area into the city limits.
Village 5, a project that calls for more than 8,000 homes and 4.5 million square feet of commercial space, was approved by the Lincoln Planning Commission Nov. 1. The Lincoln City Council will consider the 4,787-acre project at Tuesday’s meeting. Village 5 is a Richland Communities development.
During the housing boom of a decade ago, no city in the region was a better poster child for exuberance than Lincoln. That had its downside during the housing crash, when retailers who'd moved in on the promise of future population growth closed when that growth didn't happen.