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Roseville council approves final piece of development in Sierra Vista

Westbrook neighborhood will include 2,029 residential units, parks, school
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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The final piece of land-use planning for the Sierra Vista Specific Plan fell into place Wednesday, to the dismay of some west Roseville residents and the support of others.

Roseville City Council unanimously passed the Westbrook amendment to the plan, which includes the development of 2,029 residential units, four commercial sites, one 10-acre elementary school site, a 10-acre neighborhood park, two smaller parks and open space.

Westbrook covers 400 acres in the north area of the specific plan, which occupies the land south of Pleasant Grove Boulevard, west of Fiddyment Road and north of Baseline Road.

The council passed the Sierra Vista Specific Plan in May 2010, and approved annexation of the land to the city in January 2012. Sierra Vista covers a total of 2,064 acres and will have 8,679 residential units at build-out.

"Looking at Westbrook, it's completing the specific plan. This is how I feel about it," said Mayor Pauline Roccucci during the meeting.

The developers worked to address neighbors' concerns by reducing the number of residential units by 320 from a previous plan, Roccucci said.

Senior Planner Nela Luken said assessments show the city will be able to meet water, electricity and other service needs of the area.

Susan Cook, president of the WestPark-Fiddyment Farm Neighborhood Association, said in public comment that she represents some 300 residents concerned with increasing density in their community.

"The residents of west Roseville are already experiencing increased traffic issues, crowded school impacts and high school students having to travel up to 11 miles each way for school," Cook said.

WestPark resident Ann Diamondstone spoke in support of the amendment.

"I think this is a good project and it is a more balanced mix of use ... I feel this is going to be really good for the economy and growth of Roseville," Diamondstone said.

Luken said a fiscal impact analysis shows Westbrook will have a positive financial impact on the city's general fund at build-out - as required by one of the council-adopted guiding principles.

Westbrook includes portions of land located within the Roseville City School District, Roseville Joint Union High School District and Center Unified School District. This means some kids will attend Barbara Chilton Middle School and the future high school to be located in west Roseville, while others will attend Center High School in Antelope.

Here's a look at some other items approved during the June 6 council meeting:

Fiddyment Road widening project agreements: The city's Capital Improvement Program calls for the road to have six lanes from Pleasant Grove Boulevard to Baseline Road. It is currently two lanes. This project will widen the road to five lanes. The sixth lane will be constructed by developers of the Sierra Vista Specific Plan. Construction will begin in July and be completed by December. The project's budget is $3.54 million - $1 million is funded with Proposition 1B State Local Partnership Funds and $2.54 in Traffic Mitigation Funds.

Supplemental law enforcement spending: The state of California will transfer, by statute, an estimated $100,000 to Roseville in fiscal year 2012-13 for frontline law enforcement purposes. The city plans to use the funds to support one patrol position in the next fiscal year.

Fiber optic project contract award: The project includes installation of about 20 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the city. Arrow Construction was selected for the project, which will cost an estimated $543,127 covered by Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds.

Parks, Recreation and Libraries needs assessment agreement: The assessment guides decisions made in citywide park plans. The last one was conducted in 2007. The project will cost $23,770 plus expenses not to exceed $1,230.

Weber Pak play area renovation call for bids: Existing playground equipment and sand will be removed, and new equipment and ADA ramps will be installed (along with other changes) for an estimated $145,000, funded with a Community Development Block Grant and the General Rehab Fund. Construction is expected to begin in mid-August.

Sidewalk, curb and gutter repair project call for bids: This annual project repairs sidewalks, curbs and gutters, some damaged by city trees, for an estimated cost of $370,000.

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