News Archives: 2012


2012

January MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 2, 2013, has been cancelled. The MAC will meet again at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

UPDATE: Granite Bay MAC Applications Are Being Accepted

** UPDATE: Applications are being accepted until January 4, 2013.

If you are interested in participating as a council member of the Granite Bay MAC, applications are now being accepted for Council Members. For information on the Granite Bay MAC please click here.

To print out an applications please click here.

Applications must be filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Room 101, Auburn, CA 95603.

Congratulations, Sandy!

Congratulations, Sandra Harris as the 2012 Coin Recipient for District 4. Supervisor Kirk Uhler presented the coin to Sandra Harris on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

Please click here for details and pictures of Placer County Coin Recipients.

**Reminder**: The Granite Bay Community Blog is Up & Running

GraniteBay.com’s blog is now up and running. This page is meant provide the residents of Granite Bay a place to comment on community issues. If you would like to comment on any Granite Bay community issue, you may click here.

December MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2012, has been cancelled. The MAC will meet again at the next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Granite Bay MAC Applications Are Being Accepted

If you are interested in participating as a council member of the Granite Bay MAC, applications are now being accepted for Council Members. For information on the Granite Bay MAC please click here.

To print out an applications please click here.

Applications must be filed with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Room 101, Auburn, CA 95603.

2012 Kids Can Food Drive

The KCRA 3 Kids Can Food Drive has been helping to feed hungry families in our community for more than 20 years.

Talking place from Monday, October 15, 2012 - Monday, December 10, 2012, you can help by donating canned and non-perishable food items at any participating school, food bank or other approved donation locations, click here to learn more.

Coats for Kids Winter Coat Drive 2012

Over the last two decades, the community and News10 have helped keep more than half a million families warm! Starting Thursday, November 1, 2012 - Saturday, December 15, 2012, join the 2012 Coat Drive.

To learn more about local donation locations, please click here.

November MAC Meeting Summary

SUPERVISOR REPORT:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

COUNTY WEBSITE REDESIGN PROJECT:
Presented by Jerry Gamez, Director of Administrative Services (20 min.)
Discussion and overview of the redesign of the Placer County Website.

RADAR ENFORCEABLE ROADWAYS:
Presented by Stephanie Holloway, Associate Civil Engineer, Public Works Department, Transportation Division (5 min.)
Discuss the results of the Engineer and Traffic Survey to allow for the continued use of radar enforceable speed limits in Granite Bay. Specifically, on Old Auburn Road and Boulder Road.

DOUGLAS BOULEVARD LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE CONTRACT:
Presented by Mark Rideout, Deputy Director & John Ramirez, Parks Administrator (10 min.)
Facility Services staff is preparing a Board of Supervisors Agenda item for the November 20, 2012 meeting, which will recommend award of a 2 ½ year contract to California Landscape Associates, Inc. This contract will facilitate maintenance of ten sites along Douglas Boulevard, which include both small Community Service Associations (CSAs) and the roadway median.

DUTCH BROTHERS COFFEE:
Presented by Lex Coffroth, Applicant (10 min.)
Proposal to construct a 267 square foot coffee kiosk with a drive-thru, with minor parking lot and landscape modifications. The project site is located within the Granite Bay Village Shopping Center on the east side of Auburn-Folsom Road, just south of Douglas Boulevard.

ENCLAVE AT GRANITE BAY:
Presented by E.J. Ivaldi, Placer County Planning Division (10 min.)
Modification of an approved 12-lot Planned Residential Development to allow for the relocation of an emergency vehicle access (EVA) and removal of a cul-de-sac that served only one lot. The project site is located on the north side of Elmhurst Drive, east of the Ridgeview Elementary and Oakhill’s schools, and west of Pastor Drive.

October MAC Meeting Summary

SUPERVISOR REPORT:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

ENCLAVE AT GRANITE BAY:
Presented by E.J. Ivaldi, Placer County Planning Division (5 min.)
Modification of an approved 12-lot Planned Residential Development to allow for the relocation of an emergency vehicle access (EVA) and removal of a cul-de-sac that served only one lot. The project site is located on the north side of Elmhurst Drive, east of the Ridgeview Elementary and Oakhills schools, and west of Pastor Drive.

GREYHAWK II SUBDIVISION:
Presented by: Roy Schaefer, Placer County Planning Division (15 min.)
Greyhawk II is a proposal to develop a 21-lot planned residential development on a 10.3-acre infill site in Granite Bay. The project would include 21 single-family residential home sites situated along a private internal loop road that runs through the community. Over 70% of the project site would remain as open space and/or common areas. There would be a central common open space area (Lot A) internal to the lots and the southern portion of the site (Lot B – 3.8 acres) would be preserved to protect natural resources (100-year floodplain and Strap Ravine).

Project entitlements requested include a Rezone, Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map, Conditional Use Permit and a Variance. The project site is proposed to be rezoned from RS-B-40 PD 2 (Residential Single-Family, combining Building Site of 40,000 square feet, combining Planned Residential Development 2 units per acre) to RS-B-X-18,000 PD 2.8 (Residential Single-Family, combining Building Site of 18,000 square feet, combining Planned Residential Development 2.8 units per acre), consistent with the Granite Bay Community Plan land use designation for the site of “Low Density Residential (0.4-0.9 acres per dwelling unit)”. The Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map and Conditional Use Permit are required for the subdivision of 10.3 acres into a 21-lot residential Planned Development. There is a Variance request to constructing the County minimum length of 20-foot driveways in front of garages per Zoning Ordinance Sections 17.54.070.A and 17.54.140.4.E; the project requires a minimum driveway apron of 8 feet. There is also a Variance request to the minimum Open Space and maximum coverage standards in Section 17.54.100.A.3.; the project has 61% (6.3 acres) of Open Space where 71% (7.3 acres) is required and the project has 24.5% maximum coverage where 15% is allowed by the Zoning Ordinance.

Staff is requesting a recommendation for the project.

The Granite Bay Community Blog

GraniteBay.com’s blog is now up and running. This page is meant provide the residents of Granite Bay a place to comment on community issues. If you would like to comment on any Granite Bay community issue, you may click here.

Library Hours Changing

As of Monday, October 1, 2012, the Granite Bay Library’s current hours will change. Click here to see the Library’s new schedule.

Community Awareness Academy

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. This fall, classes will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings, Oct. 1 through Oct. 29, from 6-9 p.m., in Auburn. There will be no class held on Monday, Oct. 8, due to the Columbus Day holiday.

Attendees are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Participants will hear from members of the department’s special units and take “field trips” to the Placer County Jail and morgue, 911 dispatch center, as well as the air operations hangar.

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.

Please, click here for more information.

September MAC Meeting Summary

Community Centers:
Presented by: Paul Thompson, Deputy Planning Director, Placer County Planning Division (15 min.)
Planning Services Division staff will be providing a presentation on Community Centers including how they are defined in Placer County Code, which Zoning Districts allow Community Centers, and the recent Planning Director determination regarding processing of entitlements for Community Centers.

Placer Mosquito & Vector Control Update:
Presented by: Ada Barros Heiser, MPH, Public Information Officer, Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District (15 Min.)
Provide a summary of last year’s season, an update on what is currently going on at the District and expectations for the upcoming season.

Placer County Older Adult Advisory Commission:
Presented by: Karla Gustafson, Senior Services (15 min.)
Overview of the Placer County Older Adult Advisory Commission and an introduction to basic gerontology facts.

Sheriff’s Office: Safety Precautions

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office recommends safety precautions that Granite Bay residents can take to protect their homes, etc. Please click here, to learn more.

2-1-1

Placer County is in the process of assessing what is needed to launch 2-1-1 free phone service that quickly connects the caller to a person who can connect them to vital community services. The number would be available 24 hours a day to provide local information, is confidential, multilingual/TTY, etc.. Contact Ed Morgado, 8800-488-4308 for information.

FYI: Amazing Facts Ministry Planning Commission Hearing

The Planning Commission has scheduled another hearing on the subject of Amazing Facts Ministry project. The meeting will be held in the Planning Commission Chambers at 3091 County Center Drive, Dewitt Center, Auburn CA on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM.

San Juan Water District – RATE INCREASES

At a public hearing on June 23, the San Juan Water District Board voted 3-2 to raise the Retail water rates 2% and gave all employees a 3.1% COLA raise. (At the May 9, 2011 SJWD Board meeting, the Directors voted to increase salaries by 8% because employees were going to start contributing 8% more to PERS and justified the raise as a “wash”.)

Rate payers in attendance at the June meeting spoke against the salary increases, but Pam Tobin, Ted Costa, and Bob Walters felt the employees do a good job and deserved the raise. The audience felt differently, especially when it was noted that half of the 2% rate increase would go to cover the 3.1% salary increase.

State Responsibility Area Fee Update

Staff distributed material relating to the State Responsibility Area Fees which sets out procedures for implementation and collection of “benefit fees”. The Fee of $115 would be imposed on all property owners with one or more habitable structure within the SRA which is east of Laird Road and north of Cavitt-Stallman/Twin Rocks Roads. For details and questions contact Rui Cunha, Assistant Director of Emergency Services 800-488-4308.

2-1-1

Placer County is in the process of assessing what is needed to launch 2-1-1 free phone service that quickly connects the caller to a person who can connect them to vital community services. The number would be available 24 hours a day to provide local information, is confidential, multilingual/TTY, etc.. Contact Ed Morgado, 8800-488-4308 for information.

August MAC Meeting Summary

Farmworker Housing Zoning Text Amendment
Presented by: Placer County Planning Division (10 min.)
Zoning text amendments are proposed to the Placer County Code (Zoning Ordinance) to bring the Code into compliance with State housing law for farmworker housing. The proposed changes will better define farmworker housing and allow such facilities to operate as an allowed agricultural use in the Residential‐Agriculture (RA), Residential‐Forest (RF), Agricultural Exclusive (AE), Farm (F), Forestry (FOR) and Timberland Protection Zone (TPZ) zoning districts with up to 36 beds in a group quarters or 12 units or spaces designed for use by a single family or household.

Single Room Occupancy Zoning Text Amendment:
Presented by: Placer County Planning Division (10 Min.)
Zoning text amendments are proposed to the Placer County Code (Zoning Ordinance) to bring the Code into compliance with State housing law. SB 2 amended housing law regarding planning and approval for Single Room Occupancy units. The County is proposing to amend the Zoning Code to define Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units (units lacking either cooking facilities or individual sanitary facilities, or both) and explicitly allow SROs as a residential use in the Multi‐Family Residential (RM), Highway Service (HS), and Resort (RES) zoning districts.

Amazing Facts Ministry:
Presented by: E.J. Ivaldi, Placer County Planning Division/Dave Cook, Managing Principal, RCH Group (20 min.)
Provide update on recent action by the Planning Commission on the Amazing Facts Ministry’s proposal to construct a 17‐acre campus to support a new House of Worship facility. The original proposal included two phases with buildings totaling 208,020 square‐feet. The applicant is proposing to reduce the scope of the project to a single‐phase with buildings totaling 120,000 square‐feet. The Project site is located on the south side of Sierra College Boulevard, between Nightwatch Drive and Ridge Park Drive, in the Granite Bay area (APN 046-050-006 and 046-050-008).

SMD 3 Regional Sewer Project:
Presented by: Kevin Bell, Environmental Engineering Program Manager, Placer County Facility Services (15 min.)
Placer County is the lead agency for the SMD 3 Regional Sewer Project. The proposed project consists of construction of a pump station and force main to convey wastewater from the existing SMD 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to the SMD 2 collection system for treatment at the City of Roseville Dry Creek WWTP. The current status of design and environmental process for the project will be discussed.

Changeable Copy Message Board Signs:
Presenter: George Rosasco, Placer County Supervising Planner
Two Placer County Zoning Ordinance sections conflict with each other in regard to allowable methods of illumination of signs. The proposed Zoning Text Amendment would result in consistency between the two sections. These two sections would result in the prohibition of message board signs and signs with changeable copy except for time and temperature signs, traditional barber pole signs and the fuel price display components on service station signs. The MAC may make a recommendation.

Parking Restrictions on Hill Road and Sandstone Court:
Presented by Andrew Gaber, Senior Civil Engineer, Placer County Department of Public Works (10 min.)
The residents have requested parking restrictions/modifications to address issues raised with vehicles parking on neighborhood roadways to visit the Folsom Lake Recreation Area. The MAC may make a recommendation.

National Night Out 2012

"America's Night Out Against Crime" is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

Senior Care Facility

The GBCA Board reviewed a proposal for a senior care facility on Douglas Boulevard opposite the Granite Bay Library. The project ranges from 30,000 to 40,000 sq. ft. and would house from 30 to 40 patients in a one story facility. The design, materials, parking, etc. were undetermined. The setbacks were said to be 30 feet from the south and east property lines and 130 ft. from Douglas. Residents from Princeton Reach and Arabian Circle were invited to the meeting to hear the proposal and discus their numerous concerns. Applicant is moving forward and working on their application submittal. To date nothing has been submitted to County.

Placer County Board of Supervisors Meeting Summary Update

After the Placer County Board of Supervisors Meeting onr Tuesday, July 10, 2012, the Board of Supervisors approved the gates fr the Olive Ranch Subdivision. The Board of Supervisors also approved the gates for ther Terracina Subdivision.

July SJW District Board Meeting Canceled

There will be no meeting tonight, Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The next Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.

July MAC Meeting Canceled

July's meeting of the MAC falls on July 4, 2012, so it has been canceled; and, the MAC's monthly meetings will resume on Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

Placer County Board of Supervisors Meeting Summary

This month’s Placer County Board of Supervisors Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 9 AM, will focus on:

10 AM:
Appeal of the Planning Commission's Denial of the project, Olive Ranch Subdivision gated entry.

10:30 AM:
Appeal of the Planning Commission's denial of the Project, Terracina Subdivision gated entry with related pedestrian, gate and pilasters.

June MAC Meeting Summary

**NOTE**: For the June 6, 2012 meeting there has been a ROOM CHANGE – LIBRARY.

State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fee Update:
Presented by: Rui Cunha, Asst. Director of Emergency Services, Placer County Community Outreach/Office of Emergency Services (15 min.)
Update on the SRA fee of $150 per habitable structure in areas east of Laird Road and north of Cavitt-Stallman Road/Twin Rocks Road.

Placer Mosquito & Vector Control Update:
Presented by: Ada Barros Heiser, MPH, Public Information Officer, Placer Mosquito & Vector Control District (15 min.)
Provide a summary of last year’s season, an update on what is currently going on at the District and expectations for the upcoming season.

SMD 3 Regional Sewer Project:
Presented by: Kevin Bell, Environmental Engineering Program Manager and Rebecca Lillis, Environmental Resource Specialist, Placer County Facility Services; Scott Duren, Brown & Caldwell (15 min.)
The proposed project consists of construction of a pump station and force main to convey wastewater from the existing SMD 3 Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to the SMD 2 collection system for treatment at the City of Roseville Dry Creek WWTP. The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is expected to be released for a 45-day public review and comment period. The environmental review process is anticipated to be complete in September 2012.

May MAC Meeting Summary

**NOTE**: For the May 2, 2012 meeting there has been a ROOM CHANGE – this night ONLY – BIG GYM in back.

2-1-1:
Presented by: Ed Morgado (10 min.)
A presentation will be provided on the program, where they are in the process and what is needed to launch 2-1-1. 2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral on community, health and social services. 2-1-1 - is currently not available in Placer County.

Amazing Facts Ministry:
Presented by: E.J. Ivaldi, Placer County Planning Division/Dave Cook, Managing Principal, RCH Group (20 min.)
The Amazing Facts Ministry Project proposes to construct a 17-acre campus to support a new Amazing Facts Ministry facility. The proposed Project would be constructed in two phases with buildings totaling 208,020 square‐feet. The Project site is located on the south side of Sierra College Boulevard, between Nightwatch Drive and Ridge Park Drive, in the Granite Bay area (APN 046-050-006 and 046-050-008).

**NOTE**: The Garage Condos & Self Storage project has been cancelled.

Granite Bay Garage Condos & Douglas Blvd. Self-Storage Proposal (UPDATE)

After being put on hold last December, the Garage Condos & Self Storage project has cancelled.

IN COMING INFORMATION: The Garage Condos & Self Storage project has been put on hold. Future date still to be determined.

Granite Bay Garage Condos & Douglas Blvd. Self-Storage Proposal

The site consists of 8.7 acres on the north side of Douglas Blvd. just east of the intersection of Auburn Folsom Rd. and Douglas Blvd, and is zoned C1 with a Use Permit and Design Control. The property was previously approved for 53 town homes and even though the tentative map for this project is still viable, the current owner has submitted a different proposal.

Phase I consists of 59 self storage garages totaling 73,975 sq. ft. on 4.27 acres for storage of autos, boats, recreational vehicles, or other personal items of owner. Four buildings would house the garages ranging from 640 to 4,000 sq. ft., and there would be a 2,780 sq. ft. two story private owners’ Club House.

Phase I consists of 59 self storage garages totaling 73,975 sq. ft. on 4.27 acres for storage of autos, boats, recreational vehicles, or other personal items of owner. Four buildings would house the garages ranging from 640 to 4,000 sq. ft., and there would be a 2,780 sq. ft. two story private owners’ Club House.

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.

Granite Bay’s New Community Plan

The updated Plan protects and preserves the rural character, conserves the natural resources, strengthens design guidelines, has no land use changes, allows for revitalizing aging commercial sites, maintains the 300 foot setback on the south side of Douglas Boulevard, and clarifies gated subdivision policies. Basically, the Plan puts the finishing touches on the development of Granite Bay which has about 12% left to develop.

The Granite Bay Community Plan area is generally bounded by Dick Cook Road to the north, Sierra College Boulevard to the west, Folsom Lake to the east, and the Sacramento County line to the south.

Thanks to E.J. Ivaldi, Chris Schmidt, and Kathi Heckert from the Planning Department, Linda Brown, from Supervisor Uhler’s office, and staff from Parks and Recreation, Public Works, etc. who attended the meetings and provided guidance to the sub-committee. Last but not least a special thanks to Supervisor Uhler who led the Supervisors in adopting the Granite Bay Community Plan as developed by the MAC sub-committee and presented by County staff at the hearing.

Auburn-Folsom Widening Project

At the Public Hearing on March 27, the Supervisors adopted the Resolution of Necessity by a unanimous vote in order to proceed with the completion of the Auburn-Folsom widening project. Click here for more details.

South Placer Fire District

The District is in the process of evaluating the five South Placer fire stations to determine the cost of running each station and how response times might be affected if a station were closed. Determining which fire station to close and the timeline for doing such will be discussed at the next fire board meeting which is April 18 at 7:00 PM at the Eureka Road fire station.

Fire Chief to Retire

At the February meeting, Chief Tony Corado announced plans to retire June 1 after serving as chief for 14 of his 33 years with the district.

The Board of Directors does not intend to seek outside candidates at this time but reserves the right to do so. Applications were due no later than March 23 with interviews to start soon thereafter. The Board intends to fill the job by May 1, 2012 in order to allow a full month for the leadership transition.

San Juan Water District

Customers have been advised that a Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 7:00 PM at the District Office, 9935 Auburn Folsom Road to discuss a proposed rate increase.

April MAC Meeting Summary

**NOTE**: A Thank You Reception for the Approved Granite Bay Community Plan will be held one hour before the MAC meeting from 6 PM – 7 PM, where cake, cookies and coffee will be offered.

Granite Bay Dutch Brothers Coffee House:
Presented by: Lex Coffroth, Architect, per Auburn Douglas, LLC (20 min.)
Proposal to construct a two-lane drive-thru coffee establishment (approximately 377 square feet) in Granite Bay Shopping Center located on the east side of Auburn-Folsom Road, just south of Douglas Boulevard.

Amazing Facts Ministry:
Presented by: E.J. Ivaldi, Placer County Planning Division/Dave Cook, Managing Principal, RCH Group (20 min.)
The Amazing Facts Ministry Project proposes to construct a 17-acre campus to support a new Amazing Facts Ministry facility. The proposed Project would be constructed in two phases with buildings totaling 208,020 square-feet. The Project site is located on the south side of Sierra College Boulevard, between Nightwatch Drive and Ridge Park Drive, in the Granite Bay area (APN 046-050-006 and 046-050-008).

Olive Ranch Subdivision Gated Entry:
Presented by: Roy Schaefer, Placer County Planning Division
The New Home Company is requesting a Subdivision and Conditional Use Permit Modification to allow a gated entry (8 feet high) and one pedestrian gate (6 feet high) and related pilasters (8 feet high), within the Right-of-Way of Carlisle Woods Place. The Olive Ranch Subdivision comprises approximately 15 acres, and is located at 4977 Olive Ranch Road in the Granite Bay area.

Terracina Subdivision Gated Entry:
Presented by: Roy Schaefer, Placer County Planning Division
The Terracina Homeowners Association is requesting a Subdivision and Conditional Use Permit Modification to allow a gated entry (8-foot – 11 inches high) with 2 pedestrian gates and related pilasters (10 feet high), within the Right-of-Way of Terracina Lane. Terracina Subdivision is a 17-lot Residential Planned Development on 83 acres, and is located on Terracina Lane at the intersection with Laird Road in the Loomis area.

Placer County Library to Hold Community Meeting

On Thursday, April 5, 2012, the Placer County Library is planning its future and we want the development to be rooted in our community. To do that we need your help! Join us to meet your neighbors and share your insights about the communities we serve.

The meeting will be held at the Placer County Office of Education Annex - Nobili Room (365 Nevada St., Auburn, CA) from 5:30 PM -7:30 PM.

For additional information, please contact Library Director, Mary George at 530-886-4551 or mgeorge@placer.ca.gov.

The Loomis Union School District will Offer All-Day Kindergarten in the 2012-13 School Year

On March 1st, the Loomis Union School District began accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. The District will offer all-day Kindergarten, Jr. Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. For more information regarding our district schools please click here. Registration packets can be picked up at the district office or our community schools:

District Office
3290 Humphrey Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-1800

Franklin Elementary
7050 Franklin School Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-1818

Loomis Grammar School
3505 Taylor Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-1824

Placer Elementary
8650 Horseshoe Bar Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-1830

H. Clarke Powers Elementary
3296 Humphrey Road
Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-2635

Penryn Elementary
6885 English Colony Way
Penryn, CA 95663
(916) 663-3993

Ophir Elementary
1373 Lozanos Road
Newcastle, CA 95658
(916) 663-1943

Businesses Moving In

UPDATE: Given the community's interest in the Granite Bay Walmart Neighborhood Market, Walmart has developed a fact sheet that may be of interest.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 1/29/12: A Walmart grocery store is proposed at the site currently occupied by Grocery Outlet at Douglas and Sierra College Boulevard.

A new Chic-fil-A restaurant is going through County design review with plans to locate at the site previously occupied by Burger King in the Sierra Oaks Shopping Center at the corner of Douglas and Sierra College.

SPFD Not Moving Forward With Assessment

At the latest SPFD Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 it was decided that they would not move forward with an assessment, at this time, based on results of the SCI community survey mailed to about 8,000 residents.

**JUST IN**: March MAC Meeting Cancelled

The monthly MAC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2012 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be held on April 4, 2012.

**UPDATE**: Public Hearing - Planning Commission re Granite Bay Community Plan Update General Plan Amendment

**JUST IN**: The Board of Supervisors adopted the updated Granite Bay Community Plan yesterday, February 28, 2012.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 2/19/12: The final step in this long process will be the hearing before the Board of Supervisors on February 28, 2012 for action/adoption. The meeting starts at at 11:00 AM at 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn.

Earlier, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Granite Bay Community Plan Update on January 12 to consider a request from the Placer County Planning Services Division for approval of a General Plan Amendment to update the Granite Bay Community Plan. The update included the review of existing conditions (population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc., revision of goals, policies, and programs in the Plan to address constraints and new opportunities; amending the wording of the goals and policies to provide better clarity and readability; and new discussions on topical issues that have arisen (i.e. Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Placer County Conservation Plan, Complete Streets and Low-impact Design) since the Plan was originally prepared in 1989. Primarily the Goals and Policies of the Plan were reviewed/revised to recognize population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc. since the Plan was written in 1989.

In order to limit the scope of the Community Plan Update, the Board of Supervisors directed that the existing land use and zoning designations not be modified. In addition, the Board of Supervisors also directed that the Circulation Element not be revised since it was updated in 2005.

After input from staff and a number of community members who served on the MAC sub-committee, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the updated Plan by the Board of Supervisors.

The Granite Bay Community Plan area is generally bounded by Dick Cook Road to the north, Sierra College Boulevard to the west, Folsom Lake to the east, and the Sacramento County line to the south.

**UPDATE**: Public Hearing - Planning Commission re Granite Bay Community Plan Update General Plan Amendment

The final step in this long process will be the hearing before the Board of Supervisors on February 28, 2012 for action/adoption. The meeting starts at at 11:00 AM at 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn.

Earlier, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Granite Bay Community Plan Update on January 12 to consider a request from the Placer County Planning Services Division for approval of a General Plan Amendment to update the Granite Bay Community Plan. The update included the review of existing conditions (population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc., revision of goals, policies, and programs in the Plan to address constraints and new opportunities; amending the wording of the goals and policies to provide better clarity and readability; and new discussions on topical issues that have arisen (i.e. Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Placer County Conservation Plan, Complete Streets and Low-impact Design) since the Plan was originally prepared in 1989. Primarily the Goals and Policies of the Plan were reviewed/revised to recognize population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc. since the Plan was written in 1989.

In order to limit the scope of the Community Plan Update, the Board of Supervisors directed that the existing land use and zoning designations not be modified. In addition, the Board of Supervisors also directed that the Circulation Element not be revised since it was updated in 2005.

After input from staff and a number of community members who served on the MAC sub-committee, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the updated Plan by the Board of Supervisors.

The Granite Bay Community Plan area is generally bounded by Dick Cook Road to the north, Sierra College Boulevard to the west, Folsom Lake to the east, and the Sacramento County line to the south.

**JUST IN**: SPFD Meeting Postponed

The SPFD regular board meeting of February 15, 2012 has been postponed until February 29, 2012.

Public Hearing - Planning Commission re Granite Bay Community Plan Update General Plan Amendment

The final step in this long process will be the hearing before the Board of Supervisors on February 28 for action/adoption. Call Shirlee Harrington, at 800-488-4308 for confirmation of date and time.

Earlier, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Granite Bay Community Plan Update on January 12 to consider a request from the Placer County Planning Services Division for approval of a General Plan Amendment to update the Granite Bay Community Plan. The update included the review of existing conditions (population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc., revision of goals, policies, and programs in the Plan to address constraints and new opportunities; amending the wording of the goals and policies to provide better clarity and readability; and new discussions on topical issues that have arisen (i.e. Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Placer County Conservation Plan, Complete Streets and Low-impact Design) since the Plan was originally prepared in 1989. Primarily the Goals and Policies of the Plan were reviewed/revised to recognize population holding capacity, infrastructure, change in environmental conditions, etc. since the Plan was written in 1989.

In order to limit the scope of the Community Plan Update, the Board of Supervisors directed that the existing land use and zoning designations not be modified. In addition, the Board of Supervisors also directed that the Circulation Element not be revised since it was updated in 2005.

After input from staff and a number of community members who served on the MAC sub-committee, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the updated Plan by the Board of Supervisors.

The Granite Bay Community Plan area is generally bounded by Dick Cook Road to the north, Sierra College Boulevard to the west, Folsom Lake to the east, and the Sacramento County line to the south.

SPFD Review Survey Results: Fire Protection is Important, But a Parcel Tax Not Likely to Pass

SCI Consulting Group presented the results of the survey mailed to about 8,000 registered voters and property owners between October 30, 2011 and November 20, 2011 to accurately evaluate the viability of a benefit assessment and a parcel tax. Over twenty-two percent of the surveys were returned.

Those who received the survey were asked if they would support an additional annual fee of $65, $85 or $110 and the various levels of service each would fund were described.

The responses were broken down into a number of categories including Property Owner Support; Registered Voter Support; Rate and Age; Support by Years in Residence and Rate; Support by Political Party and Rate; and Support by Issues.

Comments in favor of an increased fee included Fire/Medial services are important; fiscal accountability is important; stated amount is reasonable to pay for these services; and received good service in the past. Adverse comments included salaries/benefits are too high; district doesn’t need the money; no more/new taxes; economic issues, mistrust of government agencies.

The study concluded that local fire protection is important to the community, but found neither a benefit assessment nor a parcel tax would likely pass. The CSI Consulting Group suggested that even a strong advocacy campaign would not achieve the support levels needed for a successful revenue measure. In particular, residents are concerned about the cost of firefighter salaries and benefits, including pensions.

The SCI Consulting Group recommended that the District not proceed with a funding measure at this time and instead conduct comprehensive, long term public outreach to increase public understanding of the need for better fire protection services. The SPFD board may take action on how to proceed at the next regular meeting which is February 15.

Amazing Facts Ministry Update

The Amazing Facts Ministries' project still faces opposition. To read more about this, click here as well as here.

Placer County Sheriff’s Department

Residents were advised by the sheriff deputy present that there had been an increase in residential burglaries. Thieves kick in the door to test if anyone is home and if there is no response, they enter and burglarize the home. Residents were reminded to set burglar alarms and avoid having the home look unoccupied. If suspicious activity is noted, call the Sheriff’s office at (530) 889-7800.

January's Supervisor’s Report

Supervisor Uhler reported on the following:

The final phase of the Auburn-Folsom widening project is moving forward.

Placer County anticipated cuts in monies from state and allowed for this possibility when balancing the County budget.

During a walk-through of area businesses sponsored by the Roseville and Granite Bay Chamber of Commerce, business owners
requested relaxing sign ordinances.

February MAC Meeting Summary

**NOTE**: The meeting place has changed for February meeting only. The meeting will be held at the Eureka School Library (5455 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA)

Amazing Facts Ministry:
Presented by: Dave Cook, Managing Principal, RCH Group (20 min.)
The Amazing Facts Ministry Project would include construction of a 17-acre campus to support a new Amazing Facts Ministry facility. The proposed Project would be constructed in two phases with buildings totaling 208,020 square-feet. The Project site is located on the south side of Sierra College Boulevard, between Nightwatch Drive and Ridge Park Drive, in the Granite Bay area (APN 046-050-006 and 046-050-008).

Sign Up Now For Sheriff’s Community Awareness 2012 Academy

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 are held Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning March 5, 2012 and ending March 28, 2012.

To learn more about this year's Community Awareness 2012 Academy, click here.

Kindergarten Registration in Granite Bay

If you have an incoming Kindergarten student for the 2012-2013 school year, you may pick up a registration packet any time during regular business hours, beginning February 1st  at your local school:

Greenhills School
8200 Greenhills Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916) 791-4230

Maidu School
1950 Johnson Ranch Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661
(916) 789-7910

Oakhills School
9233 Twin Schools Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916) 791-5391

We will begin accepting completed packets February 1st. Included in the registration packet are the times of school tours and the Parent Welcome and Information Night. We are looking forward to your child’s great first step into school. Welcome!

For more information on Kindergarten Registration, please click here. If you have any questions please call 791-4230.

Granite Bay Community Plan: Planning Commission Hearing

The Planning Commission will havie a hearing on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10:30 AM at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn to review the progress of updating the Community Plan as well as moving forward with the next steps in this updating process. Click here to see the hearing agenda.

SPFD to Review Survey Results

The South Placer Fire Board will hear and discuss the results of the survey mailed to approximately 5,000 residents to gather input regarding future operations of the fire department. The agenda item will be for information only. The meeting will be held at the Eureka Road Fire Station at 7:00 PM on January 18.

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 12/7/11: The SPFD contracted with SCI to survey about 8,000 residents served by the SPFD concerning the financial status of the fire district. Sometime in January, the SPFD will hold a public meeting to discuss the results of the survey. Contact 791-7059 for date, time, and place.

January MAC Meeting Summary

State Responsibility Area Fee:
Presented by Rui Cunha, Asst. Director of Emergency Services, Placer County Community Outreach/Office of Emergency Services (15min.)
Overview of the $150 fee per habitable structure in areas east of Laird Road and north of CavittStallman Road/Twin Rocks Road.

Amazing Facts Ministry:
Presented by: Dave Cook, Managing Principal, RCH Group (20 min.)
The Amazing Facts Ministry Project would include construction of a 17-acre campus to support a new Amazing Facts Ministry facility. The proposed Project would be constructed in two phases with buildings totaling 208,020 square-feet. The Project site is located on the south side of Sierra College Boulevard, between Nightwatch Drive and Ridge Park Drive, in the Granite Bay area (APN 046-050006 and 046-050-008).

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