ANTIOCH -- The city put the final touches this week on revenue documents that would allow it to annex 678 acres to the northeast, with the caveat city leaders can revisit the agreement if any complications arise.
Antioch and Contra Costa County officials are still hashing out the complex plan, which is divided into three land swaths: 481 acres of industrial waterfront that includes two natural gas-fired power plants, 94 acres for marina and storage uses, and 103 acres of established rural properties off Viera Avenue.
According to Victor Carniglia, a city-hired consultant, three points in the deal remain unresolved. The county wants to remain the lead agency for potential development of a 114-acre property off Wilbur Avenue, Antioch wants to prorate any property tax revenue it would receive if the property is not annexed by Dec. 1, and the city wants to assure that it alone would receive any extra revenue generated from possible passage of a half-cent sale tax increase in November.
In giving City Manager Jim Jakel the ability to execute the agreement, the City Council's approval Tuesday allows him to bring the item back before a committee that two council members sit on for further discussion.
"This thing has taken so many turns in the last three years, I wouldn't be surprised if it happens again. The quest for a deal should not include getting a bad deal," Councilman Gary Agopian said. "I don't want to have a deal at any cost."
Carniglia and county senior administrator Rich Seithel on Wednesday told the county's Local Agency Formation Commission board, the group that has the final word on the annexation, that the two sides are working to resolve all issues by Sept. 10. That is when county supervisors are scheduled to consider approving the annexation document.
"We remain committed to working with the city for the Sept. 10 date," Seithel said.
The formation commission could consider the item as soon as Oct. 9.
Property tax revenue in the area would be split 62 percent to the county and 38 percent to the city.
Antioch estimates the area could yield about $900,000 in net tax revenue each year and provide other economic opportunities on the waterfront. Both parties will also set aside $500,000 over the next five years to boost area economic development initiatives.
Tuesday's agreement also covers how the two parties will pay for adding water, sewer and storm drains to the Viera area, which drew international attention in 2009 because of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case.
Though Antioch covets the industrial area for its revenue potential, the county agency that manages orderly growth and boundaries said last year the Viera area must be included to avoid creating a "land island."
Antioch resubmitted its application last June.
The city and county will contribute $3 million over 10 years to add water, sewer and storm drains, with Antioch covering the rest with grants and loans, according to a draft infrastructure plan and tax-sharing agreement presented this week. The city estimates it would cost about $10.7 million, plus nearly $5 million in other engineering and contingency costs, to add the infrastructure.
The City Council also gave formal approval Tuesday to a package of environmental and zoning documents for the area, including a provision where it would help residents cover the $18,000 to $20,000 connection costs to city water and sewer lines.
No residents from the Viera neighborhood, most of whom are firmly opposed to annexation, spoke at Tuesday's meeting. Several reaffirmed their anti-annexation stance at the July 30 meeting.
A large part of the residents' objections is that the county formation commission may waive their right to vote on the annexation.
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