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2010

MAC Agenda Item Summary: January

MAC Committee Reports
Granite Bay Community Plan policy review committee

The Enclave at Granite Bay (Revised)
Proposal to subdivide a 12.07 acre site into a 13-lot Planned Residential Development consistent with the Board of Supervisor’s approval (December 14, 2010) of a General Plan Amendment and Rezone. The revised vesting tentative subdivision map reduces the number of proposed lots from 26 to 13. Lot sizes would range in area between 15,000 square feet and 25,718 square feet. Approximately 42% of the site would be set aside as open space with active and passive recreation areas, including a pedestrian pathway connecting to Twin Oaks School. The project site is located on the north side of Elmhurst Drive, at the intersection of Swan Lake Drive in the Granite Bay area.

Host Families Needed

Please consider opening your home to an Educational Homestay Program international student for 3 ½ weeks this coming summer! This is an amazing opportunity for your family and surrounding communities to participate in an international exchange promoting language learning and building cross cultural relationships that will last a lifetime.

This next summer our students will be coming from France, Spain and Italy. The are arriving on July 7th and will be departing on Aug 2, 2011. The students are supervised by EF staff from 8:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday. For more information, please contact the local Program leader: Nicole McClintock at (916) 768-5829 or nicolemcclintock@yahoo.com.

Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) Now Offering HOPE Grant

The Placer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2011 HOPE grant. The deadline for applications is January 7, 2011. Click here for more information.

Project Blue Light To Honor Fallen Officers

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents and businesses throughout Placer County to display blue lights during the month of December in honor of Project Blue Light.

For additional information on Project Blue Light, please click here, or call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419.

MAC Agenda Item Summary: December

MAC Committee Reports:
Granite Bay Community Plan policy review committee.

News10 Coats for Kids Winter Coat Drive

Just clean out those closets and donate new or gently used coats to News10's Coats For Kids! Coats of all sizes are accepted. There are many ways you can help out from donating a coat, to taking donations yourself, holding an event where you collect coats, making a monetary donation, and volunteering your time.

Rogers Jewelry Company, Century 21 M&M and Associates and Swansons Cleaners will be collecting coats at all of their locations. So, donate now through December 3rd.

Locally, you can donate at the:
Swansons Cleaners in Granite Bay at 6941 Douglas Boulevard
Rogers Jewelry Company in Roseville at 9217 Sierra College Blvd.
Tri Counties Bank in Granite Bay at 4100 Douglas Blvd.

Click here to see more donation locations.

Enclave at Granite Bay: Outcome of Meeting

At the November 23rd meeting both the Granite Bay MAC and the Placer County Planning Commission recommended denial of the applicant’s request for a Rezone and General Plan Amendment; and, after input from the audience and discussion by the Supervisors, a motion was made and passed directing planning staff to return to the December 14 Board of Supervisors Meeting at 10:40 a.m. with findings for a General Plan Amendment and Rezone in order for the Board to consider the request to extend the zoning on the east side to the Pastor property.

The Tyreke Evans Charity Poker Tournament

It’s time for the 6th Annual Charity Poker Tournament supporting the American Diabetes Association. This year Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings is joining Dr. Scott Warren to find a cure for diabetes, and he’s inviting local celebrities to join him. In addition to a fun night of poker, food, and drinks the celebrities will also be available for signings and pictures.

Please click here, and find out how to join this night of fun with the local celebrities.

MAC Openings/Appointments

Supervisor Uhler noted there are currently two openings on the MAC. Because all MAC members are required to resign and reapply in January, he has opted to make no appointments at this time but will instead consider applications submitted and fill all seven positions in January for a two year term. Contact Linda Brown at 800-488-4308 for information.

Community Plan: Granite Bay MAC Sub-committee/Working Group Now Forming

The Sub-committee, which consists of two MAC members (a Chair and Vice-Chair) and is open to any and all community members/property owners who are interested in providing input to staff on the policy items, will begin meeting in December. Ultimately, the intent of the sub-committee is to provide MAC with input on all recommendations by July 2011.

Planning staff will help coordinate and facilitate the meetings, which will be held at the Eureka Union School District Office at 6:00 p.m., one-hour prior to the regularly scheduled monthly MAC meetings. Additional sub-committee meetings may be convened as needed/required.

The Sub-committee’s Chair and Vice-Chair will provide monthly updates to the general MAC.

Rancho Del Oro: Outcome of October 5th Meeting

Despite the fact that correspondence and oral input overwhelmingly opposed applicant’s request, in the end, the Board of Supervisors approved the Rancho Del Oro project 3-1.

At the October 5th meeting, applicant made a request for a Rezone. This Rezone would remove the Planned Development designation on the parcel, allowing for an additional 26 lots to be obtained.

While one concession was made to the residents, the 6 foot high wall along 3,000 feet of rural Olive Ranch Road be a 3 foot open design on top of a 3 foot solid base, with pedestrian access through the gated project from sunrise to sunset, for the most part, Chairperson, Supervisor Uhler ignored his constituents and the Granite Bay Community Plan and was perceived as acting as an advocate for the proponent.

Enclave at Granite Bay: Outcome of Meeting

At the November 23rd meeting both the Granite Bay MAC and the Placer County Planning Commission recommended denial of the applicant’s request for a Rezone and General Plan Amendment; and, after input from the audience and discussion by the Supervisors, a motion was made and passed directing planning staff to return to the December 14 Board of Supervisors Meeting at 10:40 a.m. with findings for a General Plan Amendment and Rezone in order for the Board to consider the request to extend the zoning on the east side to the Pastor property.

Volunteer Planting Events: Creek Week

As part of Creek Week, the Granite Bay Miners Ravine Nature Reserve Restoration project will occur on Saturday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at 7530 Auburn Folsom Road. Dry Creek Conservancy and Chad Aakre of Restoration Resources will lead volunteers. For more information and to RSVP please contact 773-6575 or Dry Creek Conservancy at dcc@surewest.net.

South Placer Fire Department: October Report

Fire Marshal Richardson reported that September was a busy month, especially for medial calls. He also noted that the fire personnel will wear pink T-shirts for the month of October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As of October 6, the SPFD has sold 500 of the shirts for $15 each to benefit the Susan B. Komen, Sacramento fund.

California Highway Patrol: October Report

A representative from CHP noted that Douglas Boulevard and Auburn-Folsom continue to be the areas of traffic accidents, 5 with injuries.

MAC Agenda Item Summary: November

Granite Bay Community Plan Update:
County staff will provide an overview of the work plan for the Granite Bay Community Plan Update (Policy Document only) and also provide details of the Granite Bay MAC Sub-committee meeting that is scheduled to meet for the first time on December 1, 2010.

“Howl-O-Ween” Event Benefits Placer County's K-9s!

The public is invited to a family “Howl-O-Ween” event this Sunday, Oct. 31, which will benefit Placer County law enforcement dogs. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., meet the dogs and their handlers at Starbucks, 1228 Galleria Blvd., Roseville, across the street from the Galleria Mall. There will be K-9 demonstrations and there will be treats for dogs that come in costume. Raffle tickets will be for sale to win a brand new Trek mountain bike, generously donated by Bob’s Cycle Center. Raffle proceeds directly benefit local law enforcement dogs through the Foothills K-9 Association.

For more information, go to foothillsk9.org.

**Raffle tickets are also available at Starbucks, Galleria Blvd., Bob’s Cycle Center, 378 N. Sunrise Blvd., Roseville, and at the Animal Nutrition Center, 1805 Cirby Way, Roseville.

CHP to Up Patrol of Auburn-Folsom Road

Due to a number of accidents, with injuries, on Auburn-Folsom Road, CHP reports that they will increase patrol in that area.

SPFD Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

During the month of October the SPFD will trade in their blue firefighting shirts for pink ones to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. The shirts will be available at the Fire Prevention Fair, where profits from shirt sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen, Sacramento. For more information, please visit heroeswearpink.com.

Fire Prevention Fair

On Saturday, October 16, the public is invited to join the South Placer Fire Department at Quarry Ponds eastern parking lot as they host the Fire Prevention Fair.

Sherriff’s Department Report: September

On the whole the Sheriff’s Department reports that unlawful activity is down, but there were some incidences of theft in unlocked vehicles; in addition, there were also a couple burglaries, which occurred when thieves gained access through unlocked sliding class doors.

MAC Agenda Item Summary: October

Granite Bay Community Plan Policy Update Sub-Committee
The MAC will be asked to review a proposal from the MAC Administrator and Planning Department regarding the creation of a MAC sub-committee to focus on, discuss and create potential policy changes to the Granite Bay Community Plan.

Rancho Del Oro: Upcoming Meeting

On Tuesday, October 5, the Placer County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to discuss the final EIR for the Rancho Del Oro project. The meeting will take place at 10:30 AM in the Board of Supervisors' Hearing Room (175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603.

Sheriff’s Community Awareness Academy: Fall 2010

It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Office’s popular Community Awareness Academy, which offers an inside look at the law enforcement agency.

Classes will be held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center. The center is located at 2929 Richardson Drive in north Auburn’s Dewitt Center. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To learn more about the academy, click here. Or, to reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Lynn Harrison at (916) 652-2419 or e-mail her at lharriso@placer.ca.gov.

**UPDATE: Planning Department Makes Recommendation On Community Plan

At the Board of Supervisors budget hearings on August 19, Planning Director Michael Johnson gave an overview of the Planning Department’s budget for the next fiscal year and stated that they will proceed with Option 4 to complete the Granite Bay Community Plan update. That option is to keep the Land Use Element of the Plan as already adopted and only update the Policy portion of the Plan.

This is the Option that the Granite Bay Community Association supported at the April meeting of the Supervisors when staff reviewed five possible scenarios for moving forward with the GBCP update. It makes sense both logically and economically as some policies need updating and there wasn’t a push from the community to change the land use portion of the Plan.

Community Plan: Planning Department’s Recommendation

In addition to providing an overview of next year’s budget for Planning Department, a recommendation concerning the Community Plan was also given.

At the Board of Supervisors budget hearings on August 19, Planning Director Michael Johnson stated that they will proceed with Option 4 to complete the Granite Bay Community Plan update. That option is to keep the Land Use Element of the Plan as already adopted and only update the Policy portion of the Plan.

This is the Option that the Granite Bay Community Association supported at the April meeting of the Supervisors when staff reviewed five possible scenarios for moving forward with the GBCP update. It makes sense both logically and economically as some policies need updating and there wasn’t a push from the community to change the land use portion of the Plan.

Planning Commission Vote on Rancho Del Oro Estates

After much discussion at the July 22nd meeting, the Planning Commissioners voted on matters concerning the Rancho Del Oro Estates. Both sides plan to appeal the decisions.

The commissioners voted as follows:

1. Certify the R and adopt the Statement of Overriding Considerations (impacts to biological resources could not be mitigated) – Passed 4-2.

2. Approve the Vesting Tentative Map – Passed 4-2.

3. Deny the Variance for entry gates – Passed 5-1

4. Retain Agriculture overlay and direct that CC&Rs for this project cannot eliminate this condition – Passed 5-1

5. Recommended approval to the Board of Supervisors of the applicant’s request for a rezone with the above amendments – Passed 4-2

UPDATE: Proposed State Regulations for Septic Systems

The review of the new regulations proposed for the septic systems was suspended. The suspension comes in reaction to the opposition posed by Placer County and many other counties throughout the state.

Water Resources is studying a three tiered approach to develop required regulations. Additional information can be found here or jphal@placer.ca.gov.

MAC Meetings Coming To Web

At July’s MAC meeting the audience was informed that MAC meetings are now being recorded and the video is uploaded to the web; live-streaming video will be available in the near future.

Budget Update

Supervisor Uhler reported that the Board of Supervisors has adopted a preliminary balanced budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year, which involves reducing expenditures by 11% and laying off 12 people from a workforce of 2,400.

Budget Effect on Granite Bay Community Plan

Due to the preliminary balanced budget announced by Supervisor Uhler, it is projected that only one staff person will be budgeted for this task. However, the actual effect will be determined in August or September.

Green Loan Program

The popular County program which established a fund making it easier for residents to install energy conservation projects in their homes and make the financing of these projects part of their property tax bills has been suspended due to strict new underwriting requirements.

CPR Classes

Residents are invited to sign up for CPR classes offered at the fire station located on 6900 Eureka Road. Classes are limited to 20 spots, so call (916) 791-7059 for the dates of classes.

The 27th Annual National Night Out

On both Monday and Tuesday, August 2nd and 3rd, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the 27th Annual National Night Out; an event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for, and participation in, Neighborhood Watch. To learn more about the National Night Out activates, please click here.

Quarry Ponds Sign Variance Appeal

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 regarding the appeal. The meeting, located at 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn, will start at 11 AM.

Speed Limits Changes

As a result of surveys on area road speeds, the Board of Supervisors approved increasing the speed limit on East Roseville Parkway to 40 miles per hour; meanwhile, due to road constraints, the speed limit for Olive Ranch Road and Berg Street will remain at 35 miles per hour.

Sheriff’s Report

In the month of May, there were 25 residential burglaries in the community. In one case, a perpetrator, who was arrested for about eight burglaries, had been recently paroled.

Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Uhler gave MAC an update on the County budget; he noted that the $23 million gap in the budget had been closed with the use of reserves and belt tightening.

Free Fun: Sheriff’s Special Teams Featured at Opening Night of the Placer County Fair

On Thursday night, several Placer County Sheriff’s special teams will be featured during the opening night of the Placer County Fair at the fairgrounds in Roseville. Teams will include the Placer County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team, Air Operations Unit featuring Falcon 30, and the Canine Unit will provide the evening’s exciting finale. The program also includes the Sacramento Sheriff’s Posse, Touch & Go Dog Agility, and a presentation by the Placer County Schutzhund Club.

Sign Up For Sheriff’s Horse Camp

It’s time to sign up for the Placer County Sheriff Department’s 18th Annual Ride With Pride, a one-day camp that pairs grade-school children with deputies and their horse partners.  For more information, including dates and times, please click here.

Placer County Sheriff’s Council Hosting Health & Safety Expo

This Saturday, the Placer County Sheriff’s Council is hosting its first-ever Health and Safety Expo to benefit the Placer County Sheriff’s Department. Please click here, to learn more.

Public/Private Partnership Provides Customers Free Plants, Products and Other Discounts in May

The San Juan Water District and Sierra Nursery partner during Water Awareness Month. To learn more about this, please click here.

**NEXT STEP IN THE GRANITE BAY COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE PROCESS

All community members who have followed this issue for the past 18 or so months should try to attend this meeting. Even though it is not a Public Hearing and not usually open for Public Comment, the understanding is that Public Comment will be allowed.

"The Placer County Planning Department will be providing the Board of Supervisors with an update on the Granite Bay Community Plan Review at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The meeting will take place at the Placer County Administrative Offices (Domes) at 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn ."

The full staff report and hearing agenda for the meeting is available on the website http://www.placer.ca.gov/Bos/Agenda.aspx. Click on Upcoming Meeting Agenda for 4-27-10. Scroll down to Item 8 – Community Development Resources Agency Planning/Update to review the staff report that will be presented. On pages 129 and 130 of the report, staff presents 5 options for consideration and the possible fiscal impacts of each for the Board to consider when giving direction to staff on how to proceed.

This item will probably be heard shortly after the 9:00 starting time of the meeting.

Sheriff's Report

Deputy Clark reported there had been some smash and grab incidents in parking lots around Auburn-Folsom and Douglas. He also noted that magazine solicitors should be able to show a license for their sales activity.

UPDATE: Chipper Program

**Updated from December 7, 2009: The popular Chipper Program has been reactivated and at least through the summer there will be no charge. For more information about the chipping services, please call (530) 889-0111 extension 3.

About two months ago, the Chipper Program was suspended because the grant money that was used to run the program ran out. The very popular program is reorganizing and plans to resume operating sometime after the first of the year. However, residents using the service will be charged $70 per hour with a 30 minute minimum of $35.

Please visit click here for more information.

Information on Community Plan Update

In an effort to keep residents informed about the process and recent developments surrounding the Update of Granite Bay's Community Plan, here are some links that may be useful.

>>For background information on the Community Plan, Minutes for the special February 11th meeting, etc, please click here.
>> To see specifics on the Requested Land Use Changes, please click here.
>> Then, to view the actual location of the parcels of land mentioned on the Requested Land Use Changes page, take the APN numbers of each request, and this map will provide the information.

UPDATED: February MAC Agenda Item Summary

Continued from the January 6, 2010 meeting - Zoning Text Amendment (PZTA T20090403) – Fowl and Poultry.

Fowl and Poultry. The MAC is being asked to provide input on the proposed revisions to the Fowl and Poultry section of the Zoning Ordinance to allow for the keeping of up to three chicken hens in the Residential Single-Family (RS) zone district. The proposed wording is as follows “: In the Residential Single-Family (RS) zone district, the keeping of no more than three (3) chicken hens is permitted, subject to the approval of an Administrative Review Permit. The keeping of roosters, guinea hens, peacock hens, or other exotic hens, is prohibited. Chicken hens shall be confined to the subject property and shall not be allowed off-site. Residential Single-Family uses located in the Tahoe Basin, the Squaw Valley Land Use Plan area, as well as other adopted specific plans, are subject to this provision.

Continued from the January 6, 2010 meeting - Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA 20080448 Emergency Shelters, Transitional and Supportive Housing)

The MAC is being asked to provide input on revisions to the Placer County Zoning Ordinance to bring the Ordinance into compliance with State housing law for emergency shelters, transitional, and supportive housing. The proposed amendments will establish definitions for Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, and Supportive Housing as well as identify appropriate zoning designations where these uses will be allowed. (On Oct 8, 2009 the Planning Commission unanimously approved a motion to continue the proposed amendments to allow for additional input from interested parties as well as the MACs). Staff to discuss with interested parties concerns brought up at hearing including expanding proposed uses into additional zoning designations. In addition, staff was directed to change proposed temporary residential shelter designation into emergency shelter in order to be consistent with State’s terminology. Presenter, Jennifer Dzakowic, Senior Planner, Placer Co. Planning Dept.

San Juan Water District's “Blue Thumb” Gardener Contest

San Juan is seeking customers who have created water efficient landscapes to star in a new water efficiency advertising campaign for the Sacramento region. Nomination forms are due February 22, 2010.

If you know a resident who has created a beautiful, water efficient landscape, please visit www.sjwd.org/bluethumb to nominate them.

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