Future meetings to address land development in west Placer County

Topics include policy, fiscal impacts, recommendations
By: Staff Report
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The Placer County Board of Supervisors has decided to conduct additional meetings regarding land development in the western part of the county in coming months.

Topics to be discussed include land development policy, project entitlements and implementation challenges. Meetings will also address service levels, potential fiscal implications of land development, and options and recommendations regarding projects.

The board’s vote in favor of more meetings came on Nov. 20, following a staff presentation on land use in western Placer County. The board last heard an update on the area in 2005. The presentation came amid renewed interest by the real-estate developers over approved specific plans, according to a news release.

The county’s western portion, both unincorporated and incorporated, has been recognized as a geographic area that would contain a denser population. The West Placer Study Area includes Auburn, Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln and Loomis. The unincorporated area contains a mix of land uses including agricultural, rural, higher-density residential, and commercial and industrial uses.

Within the study area is the Sunset Industrial Area, which contains about 8,000 acres of industrially zoned, unincorporated land. This area has the capacity to accommodate 50,000 jobs and is crucial in achieving a job and housing balance in western Placer County, according to the release. The board previously took actions to protect this area from residential development encroachment and plan infrastructure to facilitate build out.

In addition to potential growth in the Sunset area, the unincorporated southwestern portion of the study area contains approved development plans for about 20,000 homes.

Meeting dates, times and locations will be announced soon.