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Granite Bay garage condos proposed

Resident says development ‘not appropriate’ for area
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Granite Bay may get a new garage condo and self-storage facility unless residents voice their concerns, say a husband and wife opposed to the proposed development.

The Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council is considering a 74,900-square-foot garage condominium development and 73,975-square-foot self-storage facility on about 8.7 acres of land. The site is on the north side of Douglas Boulevard near the intersection of Auburn Folsom Road.

The MAC meets Wednesday, Nov. 2, for its regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda was not available as of press time.

Residents Gill and Jeff Larkin plan to attend the next meeting, as they have done for the past several months after hearing about the proposed development in March.

“It’s not really appropriate for the area,” Gill Larkin said. “That’s what we’re questioning.”

The Garage Club at Granite Bay would sell garage condos, intended for owners to store boats, several cars or other large items they can’t fit in their household garage. The proximity to Folsom Lake, less than 2 miles away, makes the site ideal for recreationists, according to the project’s website.

Owners could use their unit as a hobby workshop. They would not be allowed to live in the units. People could also store bikes for easy access to nearby trails.

The plans call for a two-story clubhouse with restrooms, lounge area, meeting rooms and kitchen space for condo owners, and a self-service vehicle wash area. There would also be a two-story office with a sales/rental area and the manager’s residence.

The project applicant is Al Johnson Consulting. Johnson could not be reached for comment by press time.

The plan also includes a 20-foot wall around the property. All of the trees — about 400 according to previous council notes — would be removed.

“They’re cutting down every single tree on that whole lot, which I think is just crazy,” Jeff Larkin said.

He’s worried that destroying the habitat will cause animals in the currently undeveloped area to disperse into the adjacent neighborhood.

Several residents spoke against the development during previous meetings, expressing concern over the 24-hour-a-day access, lights on the property and potential crime. The site is zoned neighborhood commercial and would require a use permit to allow storage and garage condos.

“Our main focus is to let people know,” Jeff Larkin said. “We want people to know what is happening and if they want it, fine. (But) we don’t want it.”

Granite Bay Community Plan

In other MAC news, the Granite Bay Community Plan will soon be brought to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, according to a news release.

In August 2008, the supervisors directed the county’s planning department to review the then-19 year-old plan to see if changes were needed in the planning goals, policies and land-use designations.

Last year, the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council subcommittee formed and has been meeting with county staff to review proposed changes to the plan.
During the Nov. 2 MAC meeting, people will have a chance to comment on the draft community plan.

“The draft plan proposes no land uses changes, but will include policy changes that will help shape the future of our community,” said Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler said in the release. “That is why I want to encourage everyone to stay involved.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meeting
When:
7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2
Where: 5455 Eureka Road in Granite Bay
Info: For the agenda, visit www.placer.ca.gov

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The draft Granite Bay Community Plan may be reviewed at the Granite Bay Public Library, 6475 Douglas Boulevard, or visit
www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Planning/GBCPReview.aspx

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To sign up for the Granite Bay Community Association’s email alerts, visit www.granitebay.com.