The Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors voted uniamously to create a county service area at the old air base in Crows Landing, moving it a step closer to a business park that could have a significant impact on the employment prospects for the Westside and beyond.

The creation of County Service Area 31 – Crows Landing Industrial Business Park allows the County to collect fees from property owners for basic services like water, storm basins, wastewater treatment, and streetlights, among other necessities.

The site of the service area was formerly commissioned in 1942 as the Crows Landing Naval Air Facility. In 1994, the site became a National Aeronautics and Space Administration facility, and in 1999 the facility was decommissioned. Upon decommissioning, ownership of the site’s largest two parcels, totaling approximately 1,351 acres, were conveyed to Stanislaus County. Another eight parcels, totaling approximately 175 acres, were retained by the United States pending environmental cleanup. Ownership of the eight parcels is scheduled for transfer to Stanislaus County in the next 12 months.

On December 4, 2018, Stanislaus County adopted the Crows Landing Industrial Business Park Specific Plan and associated Environmental Impact Report for developing and utilizing the area to create jobs and economic growth for the County. The development of the area could be  a variety of uses including light industrial, office, public facilities, open space, airport, and aviation-compatible uses. 

The plan calls for the site to be developed as an industrial business park over the course of 30 years and in three phases, with each phase taking about 10 years from start to finish.

Initial costs to form CSA 31 are estimated at $40,000, which includes Public Works staff time to prepare agenda items and the Engineer’s Report. Also included are LAFCO fees of $8,500 and State Board of Equalization filing fee of $3,000. As infrastructure is installed and systems, such as the water system come online, then operating and maintenance expenses will increase. Revenue will be generated as the area is developed and tenants and property owners are added.

The County has been having discussions with Industrial Realty Group regarding the development of the site. A presentation from IRG is tentatively scheduled for May.