Monday Dec 20 2010
Council approves more residential units in WestPark
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
Amendment and rezone will result in 159 more residential units in west Roseville neighborhood
Roseville City Council voted in favor of adding more residential units to the WestPark neighborhood during the Dec. 15 meeting. The council — including new members Vice Mayor Susan Rohan and Councilman Tim Herman — unanimously approved a specific plan amendment and rezone that will result in an additional 159 residential units in WestPark. “It looks to me like there’s been a lot of effort made to try and make this compatible with the development in the area,” Rohan said. The WestPark portion of the West Roseville Specific Plan, approved in 2004, includes the development of 4,426 residential units and 18.4 acres of commercial space to be constructed in four phases. Construction of major infrastructure — including roads, drainage and utilities — for the first two phases is complete. Currently, 12 neighborhoods are under construction. As of the end of October, about 1,578 building permits had been filed in the WestPark development area. Rich Fabbre, of the WestPark-Fiddyment Farm Neighborhood Alliance, spoke on behalf of his group during the council meeting. He noted that his group has met with developer West Park Associates several times over the course of this past year regarding the proposal. “Our neighborhood association has historically opposed any density increases in the WestPark plan,” Fabbre said. “However, in this (case) we are not opposed to the relatively small density increase … but we believe even small increases may be met with unintended consequences.” He said his group is worried about overcrowding at Junction Elementary School and traffic on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. They urged the city to accelerate public transportation options into the West Roseville Specific Plan to alleviate traffic congestion. City staff said the Roseville City School District evaluated the proposal and determined the elementary school has adequate capacity to handle new students resulting from future development. Sena Christian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.