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Biggs Annexation Plan

City of Biggs Phased Annexation Plan.  Following its award of a Senate Bill (SB) 2 Planning Grant, the City of Biggs proposes to increase the inventory of land zoned for residential growth within the city by annexing approx 20.8 acres and pre-zoning approximately 577.6 acres adjacent to the eastern city limits.  Pre-zone districts will be consistent with existing General Plan designations.  Current acreage within the Biggs city limits is approximately 414 acres.  The proposed annexation plan could lead to the addition of approximately 992 acres to the City of Biggs and the potential development of 2,635 new housing units.
Phase I
The Phased Annexation Plan generally follows four phases illustrated on The Biggs Phased Annexation Plan Map (attached).  Phase I involves City-initiated Pre-zone and Annexation applications.  Environmental Review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Phase I is proposed to be an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) and would consider the pre-zoning, annexation, and municipal infrastructure/service extensions.  Phase I will be conducted under standard application processes through the Biggs City Council, then forwarded to Butte County LAFCO for its consideration. 
Phase II
Phase II encompasses three sub-phases (A, B, and C, see Phased Annexation Plan Map).  Phase II focuses on a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the City seeking a consultant(s) to develop a Phased Annexation Area Plan.  The Phased Annexation Area Plan is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) - the “Common Sense” rule, and Statutory Exemption Statutory Exemption 15262 – Feasibility and Planning Studies, as it involves the preparation of a reference document for possible future actions.  Preparation of the Phased Annexation Area Plan is within the budget of the SB2 Planning Grant award.