Valley's Edge looking towards the future for city growth in Chico

A 15-year plan in the making. 'The Plan,' as Valley's Edge website calls it, is a 1,446-acre plot of land that will be preserved, built on, and turned into almost like a city within Chico.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 12:15 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 8:27 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A nearly 1,500-acre plan development in Chico called "Valley's Edge" that could bring more than a thousand homes and apartment units to the area.

The archway on Skyway will be one of the many entrances into what will be Valley's Edge.

The owner, Bill Brouhard, said there will be nearly 1,400 dwellings that will be made for families not just for now but also in the future.

"We could plan very gracefully in a way that could serve the Chico community in the long term," said Brouhard.

There is some inspiration behind all of this.

"I've got two boys, 10 and 12, and like most parents in town, recreation is difficult, can't even get them out of the house, it's just not convenient," he said.

Skylar and Rio, both younger than his 15-year vision for East Chico.

"Right now, where we're standing is in one of several family picnic areas, surrounded by these pioneer-era walls. It's put real simply a park system that connects places to live, work and play," Brouhard said.

All 1,446 acres of what used to be ranch land decades ago, in a few year's time, will turn into a fully developed community, what's being called "The Plan".

To Brouhard, this isn't just an empty field, there will be pubs and restaurants and cafes over here, all built and planned around over 5,000 trees that will be preserved and become part of the community.

But there is a housing crisis in Chico, the price for a single house is up 45% in the past five years.

Rent isn't too far behind, going up on average 14% over the past three years.

So Action News Now asked Brouhard about making the area affordable to everyone.

"The answer is yes, state lots, single-family homes, and a wide range of affordability there. We're also exploring ways for subsidized housing," Brouhard said.

When this plan comes to reality, there will be a school, community center, medical offices and even some retail shops.

"Valley's Edge" will continue to look for community input.

They're aiming to break ground in early 2022.

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