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New housing development in the works in Chico

The new housing development could bring thousand of families to north Chico. It is slated for the open space west of the airport.

Posted: Oct 27, 2020 6:09 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2020 8:22 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Butte County is working to provide housing for many people. Some people living in the nearby area are concerned. 

"Traffic and the crime rate," said Chico residents, Martha Bergstrom and Sharon Skibo. 

The North Chico Village is working with the North Chico Specific Plan to provide 2,000 housing units to people in Chico, but people already living in the community are not happy.

"What comes to my mind is the number of people coming in and the fact that we have flooding out here in the winter time and I mean last year we had a big storm here and we couldn't get to our home that we have lived out here in for over forty years," said Skibo.

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"Hicks lane has very narrow bridges and there is lots of wrecks on the bridges so that all has to be taken into consideration too," said Bergstrom.

The plan to have housing units be built on the land which is served by state route 99, Eaton Road and Hicks Lane has been in the works since 1995, but has yet to be developed due to lack of financing.

People said these streets are already busy enough and they hope this doesn't disrupt their peace.

"We live out here because we want to be away from the traffic and the population and you know, it is quiet and that will definitely have an impact," said Skibo. 

I reached out to Caltrans to see if they have plans to help with traffic issues that could occur and they tell me that it is too soon for them to tell if this will impact surrounding streets.

People can comment during three virtual workshops. The first one is tomorrow at 6 P.M. To access the link to the series of virtual workshops Click Here.

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