Reedley’s push toward development cleared another hurdle on March 12 when the City Council, in a near-unanimous vote, approved the annexation of 41 acres including the proposed Rancho Vista subdivision.

It wasn’t a slam dunk lacking any type of resistance. Three residents to the south of the proposed single family development raised objection to part of the subdivision map. In particular, the issue was with an exit street at the south end of the project that would lead out onto Duff Avenue. The residents wanted that feeder street to spill out at nearby South Orange Avenue, two lots to the east.

There was productive discussion and counterpoints made by city officials and council members. In the end, four of the council members approved the four items. One didn’t. Ray Soleno didn’t come out against the project, but said he was unhappy about the lack of information regarding public comment received from the Feb. 21 Planning Commission meeting. Because of that, he decided to abstain from voting on the action items. Soleno did go on record saying the projects were good for the city, he just had an issue with parts of the process.

While the council’s approval of the items were in contrast to the wishes of the residents speaking in public comment, it was good to see the transparent civil discourse and debate in action. What’s important is that the city remain diligent in addressing citizen concerns about safety regarding traffic in their neighborhoods.

I heard just such concern with a resident who lives across the street from the Luke Trimble Splash Park that will open later this spring. He zealously showed me examples of vehicles driving excessively fast when I stopped by the area last week to take some photos of the splash park.

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