Tuesday Oct 25 2011
Granite Bay has shaped plan update
By: Kirk Uhler, Board of Supervisors
In August 2008, the Placer County Board of Supervisors directed the Planning Department to review the, then 19 year-old, Granite Bay Community Plan to see if modifications were needed in the planning goals, policies and land-use designations. Finally, after three years and dozens of community meetings, we are getting close to bringing the updated Granite Bay Community Plan back to the board for adoption. The update process has been a great example of local government in action. Hundreds of people have participated, and a core group of 23 people have been involved every step of the way. The county has encouraged their input and listened closely to their concerns. The process has not been easy or free of controversy, but it has been productive. Last year was a critical period in the update process as a special Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) subcommittee was formed and has been meeting with county staff to review proposed changes to the plan. To date, the subcommittee has met 17 times. Soon, the county will release the draft community plan for public comment. On Nov. 2, 2011, people will have a chance to comment on the draft plan at the regular meeting of the Granite Bay MAC. The draft plan proposes no land uses changes, but will include policy changes that will help shape the future of our community. That is why I want to encourage everyone to stay involved. I am pleased the Granite Bay community has been so involved in the update process, and hope everyone will review the draft plan, consider submitting comments to County staff and attend the Nov. 2 MAC meeting. Other opportunities for public input are on the horizon. Both the Granite Bay MAC and Planning Commission will formally review the draft plan and send their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors before we take action. I am convinced the process has been very productive, and the updated plan will offer a vision that will help preserve Granite Bay as one the finest communities in the Sacramento region. The draft Granite Bay Community Plan may be reviewed at the Granite Bay Public Library, 6475 Douglas Boulevard, or online here Kirk Uhler is on the Placer County Board of Supervisors, representing District 4, which includes Granite Bay.