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Planning commission OK's Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church

Only first phase of project approved
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The Granite Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church's plan for a new home on Sierra College Boulevard received conditional approval Thursday from the Placer County Planning Commission.

The commission unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Report and Use Permit for the first phase of the project. The commission is requiring the church to come back for approval on the second phase.

"While we are disappointed to only have approval for the first phase, we are very excited to be able to move forward with this new facility for our growing church," said Pastor Doug Batchelor in a press release. "We have worked hard to create a facility that meets our church and ministry needs, while addressing the concerns raised by our new neighbors."

One concern involves traffic. The church has proposed re-striping Sierra College Boulevard to facilitate two-lane travel in both directions from Nightwatch Drive to El Don Drive.

The church of about 300 parishioners currently meets at Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Loomis.

The new facility will occupy 17 acres of a 74-acre piece of property near the intersection of Sierra College Boulevard and Nightwatch Drive.

The project's first phase includes a multi-use facility with a worship room to accommodate up to 1,300 people, a kitchen, Sabbath classrooms, space for the church's Amazing Facts ministry and 625 parking spaces. The church hopes to begin construction for this phase in early 2013.

~ Sena Christian