RIO VISTA -- Rio Vista city officials are planning to submit a revised urban boundary request to the state to adjust the city's urban boundary.

"This is a process that the city has to go through from time to time," explained Rio Vista Mayor Norman Richardson.

This proposed boundary shift was initiated when it was discovered that Rio Vista's urban boundary did not match the current city limits. This boundary change could help the city acquire federal grant funding for various projects, according to city officials.

"This will help us in the long haul," said Rio Vista Public Works Director David Melilli of grant applications.

According to city officials, the Federal Highway Administration requested that Caltrans collaboratewith the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to collect urban area boundary adjustment details or proposed boundaries from local agencies like Rio Vista. The submission deadline for this information to the MTC is this week.

According to Melilli, these boundaries are typically reviewed every five years.

"This is a cleanup on their side," he said. "They admitted that this was a lag on their side."

City officials said that the current urban boundary omits some areas and this adjustment will include all nearby land slated for development within the next decade. They added that soon the boundary adjustment should mirror the city limits line of Rio Vista.


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