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UPDATE:The Granite Bay Community Association’s appeal of the Planning Commission approval of the Chabad set for February 5 before the Board of Supervisors was continued to an open date due to a noticing error.

The Granite Bay Community Association felt it necessary to defend and support the Granite Bay Community Plan that this community spent hundreds of hours creating Therefore, GBCA paid $602 to appeal the Placer County Planning Commission’s approval of the Chabad of Roseville which is proposed at the corner of Douglas Boulevard and Woodgrove Way. The appeal sets forth the following issues: Setback Variances, Adequacy of the Environmental Review, Aesthetic Impacts, Traffic, Design, Lot Coverage, and Height.

The Board of Supervisors has 90 days to consider the appeal and it is likely this item will be before the Board in late January or early February. To read the appeal which was filed click here.

The Granite Bay Community Association felt it necessary to defend and support the Granite Bay Community Plan that this community spent hundreds of hours creating Therefore, GBCA paid $602 to appeal the Placer County Planning Commission’s approval of the Chabad of Roseville which is proposed at the corner of Douglas Boulevard and Woodgrove Way. The appeal sets forth the following issues: Setback Variances, Adequacy of the Environmental Review, Aesthetic Impacts, Traffic, Design, Lot Coverage, and Height.

The Board of Supervisors has 90 days to consider the appeal and it is likely this item will be before the Board in late January or early February. To read the appeal which was filed click here.

This Zoning Text Amendment would exempt 78% of incorporated Placer County and funnel all tiny homes on wheels to just 28% of County. Even though Granite Bay is unincorporated, there is an established Community Plan with Goals and Polices which was developed by residents and adopted by County This arbitrary Zoning Text Amendment threatens to upend the entire character of rural, single family residential neighborhoods and no public notice would be given to neighbors for input. Click here for more details.

Even though MAC changed its regular 1st Wednesday of the month meeting date to Monday, July 11, there was Standing Room Only to hear the Action item, The Park at Granite Bay, which is located on the west side of Sierra College Boulevard north of Old Auburn Road. ...

The opportunity to comment on the Notice of Preparation has closed; so, the County will now conduct the environmental review process which will review ALL of the 80 specific issues that were noted in the Initial Study as issues that could have a “Potentially Significant Impact” on our existing environment as well as the items that were brought to the attention of the County in the letters they received in response to the Notice of Preparation. This process will take some time and the Draft EIR—the complete environmental study of this project—will not be available until early next spring.

The next step is to circulate a petition ...

Proposed Project:

“GBD Communities proposes to develop the Hawk Homestead project in the Granite Bay Community Plan (GBCP) of unincorporated Placer County [on property formerly known as the Frank Andrews property]. Hawk Homestead features 108 rural estate home sites with extensive open space, trails and amenities consistent with the character and identity of Granite Bay. The 245.2-acre Hawk Homestead (HH) site is located at the northwest corner of Barton Road and Cavitt-Stallman Road in the Granite Bay community.”

The property is currently zoned for just 37 homes with a minimum lot size of 4.6 acres. This project proposal is asking for almost three times as many lots ...

GraniteBay.com has received several e-mails recently that express concerns about different situations in the area; i.e. traffic problems, project development issues, down trees, etc. If your concerns are similar to the examples listed and are related to Granite Bay, Placer County, please send your email to lbrown@placer.ca.gov.

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Reminder: MAC Meetings Cancelled Until Further Notice

In compliance with the Governor's Executive Order and Placer County's Public Health Officer Directive to Shelter in Place, Placer County is cancelling all Municipal Advisory Council meetings until further notice. Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at 530-889-4010 for information regarding future meetings.

View MAC Calendar here.

County Supervisors Approve Expenditure Plan for Placer County Transportation Planning Agency Proposed Ballot Measure

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved a comprehensive expenditure plan identifying which major transportation and traffic improvements are proposed for funding in South Placer should voters decide to pass a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by a half cent. The expenditure plan, proposed by the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, identifies a variety of needed transportation projects with the most significant being the widening of state route 65 and expansion of the interchange at route 65 and Interstate 80.

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Multi-Family Residential Development Slated For North Auburn

The Placer County Planning Commission last week voted to approve the Gateway Commons Subdivision in North Auburn with a proposed creative layout that could help boost the county’s “attainable housing supply.

“Haldeman Homes’ project is a wonderful example of a developer opting to offer a multigenerational housing option to meet the increasing demand for more affordable housing in Placer County,” said Placer County Principal Planner Shawna Purvines. “Our Community Development Resource Agency has seen a sharp increase in accessory dwelling units to accommodate aging family members, children returning home from college or investing in a rental unit as a second source of income.”

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Supervisors Approve a New Ordinance to Enhance Fire Protection Efforts

The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt a new Hazardous Vegetation Ordinance, which will govern the abatement of hazardous vegetation and combustible material on both vacant and improved parcels. This is a significant change from the previous county code which focused primarily on vacant land, leaving the state and local fire codes to govern land with structures. The new ordinance repeals and replaces the previous code and provides fire officials with consistent guidelines to ensure adequate defensible space is maintained on vacant land as well as around structures and enforcement mechanisms are in place to encourage compliance.

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Placer County Launches New Remote Video Inspection Program

Placer County launched a new program allowing building inspections via the internet for small projects such as electrical services, electrical trenching, heating and air changeouts, reroof final inspections, rooftop solar, new spa connections, sheds under 500 square feet, sewer yard lines, and water heaters.

Contractors and homeowners can now connect with county building inspectors virtually and receive same-day approval on projects using remote video inspections, a new program that is offered by the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency.

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Placer County Acts to Address Homeless Concerns During COVID-19 Pandemic

Working closely with local, state and federal partners, Placer County Public Health is moving quickly to protect the homeless population from COVID-19 and slow the spread of the disease in the broader community.

First, the county has worked to temporarily expand shelter space – both to increase the number of beds available, but also to enable proper physical distancing at existing facilities. Health and Human Services has worked with local shelter operator The Gathering Inn to implement sanitation measures at both Mid and South Placer locations, as well as working with other local homeless service providers.

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY BUSINESS RESOURCES

On March 19 Placer County’s Health Officer issued a directive for county residents to stay home except for essential activities in response to local and regional spread of COVID-19. Learn more

Stay updated about COVID-19 in Placer County by visiting the county’s COVID-19 information page, here.

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COVID-19: Updated Recycling Operations

In an effort to comply with social distancing measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, some solid waste and recycling services may be temporarily modified or discontinued at facilities in Placer County. If you were planning to visit one of the Recology transfer stations, the Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA), or the Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility (ERMRF) please call first to confirm the services you need are available:

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Placer County Health Officer Provides Clarity for Short-Term Rental Operations

As the State of California and Placer County work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the county’s health officer is providing clarification about the operation of short-term rentals in North Lake Tahoe and elsewhere in the county. Based on the Governor’s Executive Order, Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson urges short-term rentals to cease all commercial operations.

“Short-term rentals that are used for commercial purposes are not considered part of critical infrastructure under the governor’s order,” said Dr. Sisson. “Short-term rentals may only continue to operate for extremely limited purposes as outlined.”

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Placer County Applauds Sacramento State Placer Center Approval

Placer County Board of Supervisor members applaud the advancement of the Sacramento State Placer Center, signaling the Sunset Area Plan update and Placer Ranch Specific Plan as an upcoming jobs and education center.

According to a Sacramento State news release, the California State Board of Trustees approved a donation of 300-acres from entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad and his company, Placer Ranch, Inc. for the future Sacramento State Placer Center.

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Hidden Falls-Planning Commission Meeting

Placer County has temporarily suspended Planning Commission meetings in March. As a result, the March 26 PC meeting to accept comments on the Subsequent Draft Environmental Impact Report has been cancelled rescheduled to May 14. Persons wishing to provide comments are encouraged to provide their comments in writing in order to reduce the number of participants at the meeting. Written comments should be sent to Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, Environmental Coordination Services 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; or fax (530) 745-3080; or email cdraecs@placer.ca.gov

Future update, including any changes to the scheduled May 14 meeting will not be mailed, and will instead be provided through the Environmental Coordination website:https://www.placer.ca.gov/2537/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park-Trail-Network and through email for those who have requested email updates. If you would like to be placed on the email update list, please provide your email address to cvdraecs@placer.ca.gov

March MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Ashley Brown will present.

2019 Engineering and Traffic Survey to Update Expiring Speed Limits:
The Placer County Transportation Division regularly conducts Engineering and Traffic Surveys, as required by law, in order to update speed limits on County roadways. Therefore, we will be discussing speed limits inconjunction with the California Highway Patrol on various County roadways within the MAC boundaries where the limits will expire.
Presenter: Stephanie Holloway, Senior Civil Engineer, Placer County Transportation Division

Whitehawk I Planned Residential Development:
The MAC is being asked to make a recommendation to the Planning Commissionon the Whitehawk I Planned Residential Development. The proposed project requires approval of a Community Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map,Conditional Use Permit, and Variance. The project would include 24 single-family,single-story, detached residential units on private streets accessed from a gated entryway off of Douglas Boulevard. The subject property is comprised of an 18.1-acre site (APN048-151-001-000)located on the south side of Douglas Boulevard east of Woodgrove Way in Granite Bay. Approximately fifty-four percent of the site would remain as common area and open space.
Presenter: Chris Schmidt, Placer County Senior Planner

Placer County’s Annual Employee Art Show Now Open

Works of art created by Placer County employees will be on display at six county buildings as Placer County’s eighth annual employee art show, Placer Creates, opened this week.

The show, coordinated with the Arts Council of Placer County and the Placer Youth Commission, features over 60 pieces of art created by over 30 artists, ranging from metal work, photography, paintings, sculptures and more.

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Placer Superior Court Seeks Volunteers for Grand Jury Service

The Placer Superior Court is seeking applications from Placer County citizens interested in an opportunity to serve on the 2020-2021 Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury’s one-year term begins on July 1, 2020, and ends on June 30, 2021.

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for service on the Grand Jury, applicants must be United States citizens who are 18 years of age or older and must reside in Placer County for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming a grand juror. Service on the Grand Jury requires a substantial investment of time, usually 40-50 hours per month.

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Board Encourages Placer County’s Participation in 2020 Census

The Placer County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution voicing support for the 2020 Census, urging residents to participate and be counted this spring.

The census is critical because a headcount of every person living in the country helps ensure that government resources are allocated fairly. The census will determine how $675 billion in federal resources are distributed annually for the next decade, including millions of dollars in Placer County. Census data is also used to make sure everyone is equally represented in our political system.

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Volunteers Sought For Tax Assistance Program

Placer County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is currently seeking volunteers.

The program, operating in conjunction with United Way and the IRS, offers free tax assistance to low-income individuals and families at locations in Rocklin and Auburn. Volunteers receive four days of training starting in January, which can also be completed online. Then they can select dates to assist with tax preparation anytime between Jan. 28 and March 27, 2020. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays through Fridays depending on location.

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Placer County Approves $5 Million to Resurface 132 Miles of County Roads

More than 132 miles of county roads will be resurfaced this summer with the Placer County Board of Supervisors approving $5 million for the work.

Placer’s Department of Public Works will now seek bids for two project contracts - one for each type of resurfacing work.

The projects are county funded and will be in addition to the road rehabilitation projects funded by the county’s share of Senate Bill 1.

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Placer County Youth Impact Awards Now Accepting Applications

Do you know a high-school-age leader, innovator, community volunteer or against-the-odds achiever? The Placer County Youth Impact Awards recognize Placer teens for their hard work and contributions to their community.

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February MAC Meeting Cancelled

The February 5, 2020 MAC Meeting cancelled. The next Granite Bay MAC Meeting is scheduled for Wed., March 4, 2020. Please note: regular meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM unless otherwise noticed.

January MAC Meeting Cancelled

The January 8, 2020 MAC Meeting cancelled. The next Granite Bay MAC Meeting is scheduled for Wed., February 5, 2020. Please note: regular meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM unless otherwise noticed.

Upcoming Meetings

Tues., May 5, 2020
12:30 PM
Placer County Board of Supervisors

Wed., May 6, 2020
7:00 PM
Granite Bay MAC
**CANCELLED**

Wed., May 13, 2020
7:00 PM
South Placer Fire District Board of Directors

Tues., May 19, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
@ Auburn Animal Shelter - 11232 B Avenue
Older Adult Advisory Commission (OAAC)

Tues., May 19, 2020
9:00 AM
Placer County Board of Supervisors

Wed., May 27, 2020
6:00 PM
SJW District Board

Wed., Jun. 2, 2020
7:00 PM
Granite Bay MAC

Upcoming Events

Tues., May 5, 2020- Tues., May 26, 2020
Foothill Farmers’ Market
8:30 AM - 1 PM
** This event is held on Tuesdays year-round **

Wed., May 6, 2020 - Wed., May 27, 2020
Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
10 AM - 1:30 PM
** This event is held on Wednesdays year-round **

Wed., May 6, 2020 - Wed., May 27, 2020
Accordion Society Meets
6:30 PM - 9 PM

Thurs., May 7, 2020 - Thurs., May 28, 2020
Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
10 AM - 3 PM
** This event is held on Thursdays year-round **

Thurs., May 14, 2020
Food Truck Fun
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
** This event is held on the second Thursday of every month year-round **
**CANCELLED**

Tues., May 19, 2020
Gloves and Shovels Garden Club
10 AM
** This event is held on the third Tuesday of every month **

Sun., May 24, 2020
Outdoor Picker's Market
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
** This event is held on every fourth Sunday

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