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CHOWCHILLA -- The city of Chowchilla adopted the 2040 general plan and the Rancho Calera specific plan in a 4-0 vote by the City Council at a special meeting Monday.

The 2040 general plan and Rancho Calera specific plan serve as a blueprint for growth and develop-

ment in Chowchilla, the city said in a news release. The 2040 general plan update replaces the existing general plan, which was last comprehensively updated in 1986.

The project also includes the Rancho Calera specific plan, which is proposed within the city's existing planning area. Rancho Calera proposes to annex about 145 acres and build about 576 acres of urban scale development with a potential of 2,042 residential units next to the existing city. The company also plans 38 acres of retail commercial development alongside Highway 99, the city said.

The 30-year plan projects substantial growth in Chowchilla, allowing a tripling of the city's population. The plan foresees growth from the center out to both sides of Highway 99.

The 2040 general plan reinforces the city's goal to diversify its economy and to provide quality residential neighborhoods and high-caliber industrial and commercial areas to attract potential employers to the community.

Another focus is to preserve and maintain important agricultural land and remaining habitats providing smart balance for prosperity and survival, according to the news release.

The 2040 general plan and the Rancho Calera specific plan can be viewed on the city's website at www.ci.chowchilla.ca.us. Click on 2040 general plan under the public information link on the home page. For further information, call the city's public information office at (559) 665-8615, ext. 110.

-- Sun-Star staff