Sept. 12–With residents already weary of living amongst multiple trucking terminals, they’re now alarmed over what the future owners of Mallard Lake Golf Center might do with the property.
Mallard Lake is a nine-hole course at Highway 99 and Oswald Road, south of Yuba City.
Bob Chiechi, a resident whose house is against the course’s fifth hole, said the potential of another trucking terminal in the area would further deteriorate the quality of life for residents who have been inundated with trucking terminals in the last several years.
“Our particular neighborhood is getting hit harder than what we deserve,” Chiechi said. “(There are) nine trucking companies around here with the hope of having another one? I don’t think that is fair and I think the Board of Supervisors pretty much said the same thing in the last meeting. This is falling upon our shoulders and very few others.”
But the new future owners’ intentions for the property differ from what residents are anticipating, said Amy Wilder, an agent with Remax. She said the owners are interested in refurbishing the course’s neglected driving range and miniature golf course.
However, the future of the nine-hole course is still undetermined — the owners are looking into the feasibility of re-opening it.
But Doug Libby, Sutter County’s interim deputy director of planning and building for development services, said by email that the county has heard developers intend to turn the property into another trucking terminal.
Libby said no formal application for a general commercial zoning license has been filed. A general plan amendment, rezoning and design review would need to be approved by the supervisors.
Chiechi and dozens of residents have brought concerns over existing trucking operations to officials with the county over the past several months. Residents have cited safety concerns, deteriorated road conditions, a decrease in property value, contamination to water systems from trucking fluids and prostitution — all connected, they say, to the nine terminals located in the small area.
In response, the county took several steps to remedy the issues, including the creation of an ad hoc trucking committee to review current practices and further considerations of both residents and trucking operations.
Supervisor Dan Flores said that before any future action is taken by the board, the newly-formed committee needs to absorb as much input as possible.
“It’s a balancing act with so many stakeholders,” Flores said. “Whether it’s developers, businesses, homeowners, people driving north and south on Highway 99 and even the government itself, there is a lot at stake.”
Mat Conant, supervisor for the district where the golf course is located, said he has been concerned about the area for a long time and that another terminal would exacerbate the problems in the area.
Conant said he also wants to see the ad hoc committee run its course and figure out a long-term solution for the area.
The sale of Mallard Lake Golf Center will be finalized no later than Oct. 4, Wilder said.
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