Tuesday Aug 26 2008
WestPark amendment stimulates resident concerns
By: Lauren Weber, The Press-Tribune
Includes changes in the amount of low-income housing
As building and construction at the WestPark development in Roseville continues, residents have brought up concerns with proposed amendments to the remaining phases of the project. The latest issue was brought up at the Aug. 14 Roseville Planning Commission meeting. The proposed amendment includes changes to the amount of low-income houses in the neighborhood, direction of the industrial section and would result in additional students in the elementary, middle and high schools. WestPark, a relatively new development in west Rose-ville, features plans for houses intermingled between eateries, parks, schools and shops, all centered around family-style living. The first two phases of construction have been completed, and PL Roseville, the developer of WestPark, has submitted amendments to phases three and four, which have stirred up concerns from WestPark residents, but not pertaining to the entire amendment. WestPark resident Rich Fabbre has been informing neighbors about the amendments and trying to encourage a compromise on the proposed changes. Fabbre said the primary concern he and his fellow WestPark neighbors have is an altered feeling of their community. “I believe that WestPark has a very special and very unique feel to it. It’s what drew me to live there,” Fabbre said at the Aug. 14 meeting. “I want to see Roseville grow. I look at this and I don’t believe that this is smart growth for Roseville.” The amendment would increase low-density homes to 20 houses per acre and raise the total houses by more than 200 in phases three and four. The lots would be smaller and more dense, but would help the city meet its state-mandated regional housing needs, said Rick Jordan, spokesman for PL Roseville. Initially, the plan called for 840 low-density houses to be built, but the amendment would call for a rezone of 1,047 smaller, low-income homes. Residents are also concerned that their property values would be affected with the proposed amendment, but Jordan said he sees this proposed plan as a benefit to residents. “The biggest benefit is the diversity of products,” he said. “But of course change brings about some questions.” The additional units would also bring in added students to the nearby schools. There would be 43 more students in the elementary and middle schools and 19 additional high school students if the amendment is approved. But Jordan said both districts have indicated that they can accommodate the increases. Not all changes to the amendment are viewed as a negative for WestPark residents, Fabbre said. “There are parts we like and parts we don’t like,” he said. With the amendment, the light industrial land use would be reoriented to face Pleasant Grove Boulevard and would increase business visibility, which Fabbre said he supports. No action was taken at the Aug. 14 meeting, but Fabbre said he hopes a compromise can be reached at the Aug. 28 planning commission meeting where the amendment will be further discussed.