ANTIOCH -- After years of hang-ups over environmental and money-sharing issues, city leaders this week will consider giving the go-ahead to annexing 678 acres to its northeast.

Antioch and Contra Costa County officials have worked to hash out a complex package that would bring within city limits two natural gas-fired power plants, including NRG Energy's new 760-megawatt facility, and industrial waterfront land. It also includes a rural neighborhood off Viera Avenue, where a majority of residents vehemently oppose the move.

The City Council will consider approving two items Tuesday night -- a package of environmental and zoning documents, along with an agreement between Antioch and the county on how to split area tax revenue and pay for infrastructure costs in the Viera neighborhood.

St. Claire Drive in Antioch has been a quaint quiet area in unincorporated area of Antioch for years, but that might change.
St. Claire Drive in Antioch has been a quaint quiet area in unincorporated area of Antioch for years, but that might change. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Staff file)

Final adoption of the items would be slated for Aug. 13.

If approved, the plans would be considered by county supervisors before heading to the formation commission, likely by late fall.

"We've been working on this for a long while," Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha said. "I'm glad to see it finally coming toward a conclusion on our end. It could be a great opportunity for economic development."

The city estimates the area could yield a net of $800,000 to $900,000 in new yearly tax revenue and

provide other economic opportunities on the waterfront, according to a draft tax transfer agreement.

Antioch estimates it would cost about $10.7 million, plus other engineering and contingency costs, to add the infrastructure.

In the agreement, both the city and county would contribute $3 million over 10 years, with Antioch covering the rest with grants and loans, according to a city staff report.

Antioch initially proposed annexing just the industrial area off Wilbur in 2007. But the county's Local Agency Formation Commission, which oversees orderly growth and boundaries, countered by saying Viera must be included to avoid creating a "land island."

Antioch resubmitted an application last June that included the Viera area, which drew international attention in 2009 because of the Jaycee Dugard kidnapping case.

One reason residents are concerned is the cost of $18,000 to $20,000 per home to connect to city water and sewer lines and abandon existing septic tank connections.

Residents with properly operating septic systems, however, will not have to hook up to city sewer service, said Victor Carniglia, a city-hired consultant.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.

IF YOU GO
What: Antioch City Council meeting
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: City Public Works building, 1204 W. Fourth St.
Information: Call 925-779-7009 or go to www.ci.antioch.ca.us.