Don’t sell the ranch
As we said, it sounds good, but it’s nothing new. No developer will touch that property because of the baggage it carries, including a past referendum and threats of lawsuits. The city solicited requests for bids to purchase all or part of the property as is and received none. If the city were to consider Coletti’s proposal, with all its conditions, why not open the process again to all developers and see what they are willing to pay?
On April 5 the Chico City Council will take up the issue of whether to zone the property as open space. Some have said put it to another vote; others have argued finish the process. We agree with the latter. Zone the land as open space. Do it for the late Councilwoman Coleen Jarvis.