Exeter expands its city limits

Planning Commission approves annexation of 9.85 acres to build 36 homes on North Filbert Street

EXETER – For the first time in 14 years, the city of Exeter is expanding its footprint.

At its July 15 meeting, the Exeter Planning Commission approved annexation of 9.85 acres and a plan to develop 36 homes on the property located on the west side of North Filbert Street and north of Sequoia Drive. City Planner Greg Collins said the action was the first annexation of new land into the slow-growth city since 2007.

The subdivision is being developed by Porterville-based Smee Homes. Lots in the “u-shaped” subdivision will range in size from 7,800 to 13,000 square feet. A 5-foot, tree-lined parkway will run along the street between the sidewalk and the road. The plan includes a one half-acre park on the west side of the project with a 7-foot wall to separate the subdivision from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks. The site is located between two existing residential neighborhoods to the south and east.

The commission voted 3-1 to approve the subdivision. The item was originally set for a vote at the commission’s June 17 meeting but was continued to July so that the full commission could vote.

Collins said Exeter may be poised for significant growth after years of finishing small infill projects. The city’s last annexation in 2007 was for The Grove, a multi-phase, 68.75-acre subdivision that would include 242 homes and a 3.6-acre park on Belmont between Chestnut and Firebaugh. The subdivision is part of the Southwest Specific Plan which outlines growth policies to develop about 1,300 homes on 320 acres on the city’s southwest side. The specific plan was approved in 2006 but has seen no residential construction.

“I think they are close to filing a final map on the first 66 lots,” Collins said.

Collins said there is also a plan to develop 110 lots on the corner of Elberta Road and Vine Street at the northeast corner of the city. The only subdivision built in the last 15 years was a project to build less than a dozen homes off Glaze Avenue.

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