Placer County Fair could move from Roseville to Sheridan

Supervisors ask staff to move ahead with work plan but make no funding commitments
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Could the Placer County Fair make a move from Roseville to Sheridan? That?s the question the Placer County Board of Supervisors may be asking planning staff to study as it updates the Sheridan General Plan. Sheridan is a rural agricultural community west of Lincoln on Highway 65 near the Yuba County line. Supervisors decided Tuesday to make a tentative move toward a study, asking staff to come back with a work plan for a general plan revision option that would include a fairgrounds relocation to Sheridan. No potential site has been identified in the smaller community. Planning staff has estimated a study on moving the fairgrounds from its Washington Boulevard location would cost $100,000. That would be in addition to the $150,000 to $250,000 a general plan revision by a consultant would cost. Whether the relocation study could be done by county staff or a consultant was not discussed at Tuesday?s board meeting. No money was committed Tuesday and Supervisor Jack Duran, who represents much of Roseville on the board, said no commitments have been made to a move. As well as coming at a time when a Sheridan general plan is being updated for the first time since 1976, talk of relocating the fairgrounds is taking place as the Roseville site?s All-American Speedway attempts to ease noise concerns of some nearby residents. ?Realistically, a fairgrounds relocation is a number of years away,? Duran said. ?This study will provide information concerning the feasibility of moving the fairgrounds location, which is consistent with my commitment to explore all options to create a win-win solution for both neighbors and the racing community.? A study to relocate the fairgrounds isn?t unprecedented for the county. When preparing the Roseville-area?s Sunset Industrial Area Plan in the mid-1990s, the county included a land-use designation there for a potential relocation of the fairgrounds operations. A Sheridan land-use plan could be prepared that would be similar to the Sunset plan?s, Community Development Resource Agency Director Michael Johnson said in a report. Roseville Mayor Pauline Roccucci said Tuesday that she hadn?t heard of the county?s interest in Sheridan for the fairgrounds but that consideration should be made to the impact not only on the race track but also pre-schools and California National Guard armory at the site. Roccucci said she wasn?t opposed to a study on moving the fairgrounds to Sheridan. ?It?s always good to look at your options,? Roccucci said. ?But as they look, they should be considering what it means to all the entities.? Barbara Vineyard, a longtime Lincoln-area resident and Placer County Fair-goer since the 1950s, said Sheridan would be too far away for most people. ?If they put it that far off, it will kill the fair,? Vineyard said. Vineyard, wife of fair board director Wayne Vineyard, said that Placer County Fair finances would dictate that someone else would have to pay the bill for new buildings. ?It couldn?t move unless it was a latchkey operation,? Vineyard said.