Supervisors approve updated Granite Bay Community Plan

Plan limits growth to 26,000 residents
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Granite Bay’s population should grow by about 12 percent between now and 2035, according to the restrictions of a new community plan passed Tuesday. The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved adoption of the updated Granite Bay Community Plan, which caps population growth at about 26,000 residents at build-out. The community’s population grew by almost 100 percent during the 25-year period that ended in 2010, and currently about 20,000 people live in Granite Bay. The plan provides a framework and vision for long-term growth and development. Originally adopted in 1989, the plan has periodically undergone minor revisions. The county began updating the plan in 2008. Supervisor Kirk Uhler, who represents Granite Bay, and several speakers who addressed the board during a public hearing emphasized the updated plan seeks to maintain the community’s special character, according to a news release. “It has been an interesting process that has required a lot of contributions from the community,” Uhler said. “And, it required some compromise on all sides.” In August 2010, the board decided against making any land-use changes in the plan. Key goals of the new plan include preserving Granite Bay’s rural character, conserving natural and cultural resources, strengthening design guidelines, revitalizing aging commercial sites, maintaining the 300-foot residential setback on the south side of Douglas Boulevard and clarifying gated-subdivision policies. ~ Sena Christian