Linda Commons OK'd, but timeline unclear: Possible Yuba County gated community may break ground as early as this fall

Jan. 25—Yuba County Enterprise Solutions, also known as Yes to Yuba, recently announced via social media that Yuba County had approved its first gated community in the "valley neighborhoods" of Linda near Marysville.

The project has been dubbed Linda Commons, and is set to include a variety of housing for a total of 134 units on 14 acres of land off Hammonton Smartsville Road.

Other features may include a green space, park, and homeowner association fees to maintain the community's landscaping, sidewalks and paths. The project was touted as a way to increase housing options for employees of Beale Air Force Base, Adventist Health/Rideout Hospital, and others.

The announcement sparked a good deal of excitement online with more than a few local shares expressing their eagerness for more diverse housing in the area. After the Appeal reached out to Yuba County to clarify the projected timeline of Linda Commons, Yes to Yuba amended its original social media post, adding that "the timing of this project would depend on the developer team and market."

"It's not so much that the project is coming to that specific site," said Kevin Perkins, Yuba County's planning director. "Approval gives them (the developer) the ability to do it if they can meet the conditions and the market."

According to Perkins, the Sacramento developer New Faze Development was given approval to proceed with the project on Jan. 10, provided that it could meet the conditions of approval set forward by the county within the next three years. Some of these conditions included the installation of new turn lanes, masonry walls along the main roadway, and plumbing infrastructure for each unit, among other stipulations.

Perkins explained that whether or not these new dwellings would ever come to fruition depended heavily on trends in the housing market, in addition to the county's requirements.

"If the interest rates drop and the market picks back up, a project like this could get built within five years," speculated Perkins. "Best case scenario, I would be shocked if there were homes starting to be built on this until 2024."