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City council approves plans for Sierra Vista Communities

Development project includes 6,650 residential units, 257 acres of open space
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Grasslands on Roseville’s western edge will eventually be paved over to make room for 6,650 homes in a master-planned development called Sierra Vista Communities. Roseville City Council recently voted 4 to 1 to approve the Sierra Vista Specific Plan. City staff began processing the plan in June 2005. The project encompasses the area west of Fiddyment Road and north of Baseline Road, bordered by existing and approved communities — WestPark, Junction West, Placer Vineyards and Regional University areas. “It’s long overdue,” said council member Jim Gray. “I am more than ready to move forward with this project.” Mayor Pro Tempore Pauline Roccucci voted against the project. “It’s a good plan,” Roccucci said Monday. “The concern I had is the timing is not right. We still have WestPark just starting to be developed and (we’ve) had a lot of foreclosures. … I also know it won’t happen overnight.” Initial construction will likely begin in 2013 and development will occur in four phases over a 10 to 15-year period. “This is not a short-term plan,” said Marcus Lo Duca of the Roseville law firm Lo Duca & Avdis, which represents Sierra Vista’s owners group. “(Sierra Vista) is a long-term commitment by property owners who’ve led the growth of Roseville’s economy.” The developers include John Mourier of Mourier Land Investment Corp., D.F. Properties, run by the Denio family, Westpark Associates and a couple other partnerships. The 2,064-acre mixed-use Sierra Vista development plan includes 6,650 single-family and multi-family residential units. The plan incorporates 216 acres of commercial and business use. More than 20 percent of the land will be set aside for open space, parks, trails and schools, including 12 neighborhood parks and one sports center and entertainment complex with eight baseball fields. Biologically productive wetlands will be drained for the project, which developers will mitigate by constructing 45 acres of artificial wetlands. The shopping and office areas are expected to create more than 5,000 jobs. Sierra Vista Communities will generate more than $30 million annually in local property and sales taxes, according to the developers. The development will stimulate an estimated $300 million in economic activity every year. “We need the added commerce, infrastructure improvements and job creation brought by this plan,” said Roseville Chamber of Commerce CEO Wendy Gerig. “The future tax base will ensure current citizens will get a standard of life we’ve been used to.” The project’s water-efficiency measures include smart controllers that automatically turn off sprinklers during rain and pumps that re-circulate hot water and reduce residential water consumption. Stormwater drainage systems will naturally filter water and prevent pollution runoff into local streams and creeks. Mary Circle, representing St. John’s School and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roseville, urged the council to approve the project. No one spoke out against the proposed project during the May 5 city council meeting. Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com.