News Archives: 2017


2017

Pioneer Community Energy Enrollment Notices in the Mail to Residents and Businesses for Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Unincorporated Placer County

In December, residents and businesses will receive the first of several notices informing them about the coming change in their electric energy supply from Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer).

Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Placer County have partnered to provide lower cost electricity to the residents and businesses within their jurisdictions.

Every customer will continue to receive a PG&E bill that will show Pioneer Community Energy as the provider of the electricity generation. All payments will continue to be sent to PG&E. PG&E will continue to transmit and deliver the electricity, maintain the power lines, and respond to all service needs, such as power outages.

"Instead of being beholden to a statewide entity subject to the whims of its stockholders, the Pioneer Board establishes local control over electricity rates and will be able to design programs that meet the needs of the residents and businesses in Placer County.” said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, Chair of the Pioneer Community Energy Governing Board. "With local control, we can provide lower and more stable rates and do more to meet the local goals and priorities of our communities."

Enrollment starts in February 2018, and will be automatic, to ensure fair and equal access to the benefits of Pioneer electricity rates and programs for all ratepayers. All residents and businesses in the service territory then have the choice to continue receiving the benefits of Pioneer Community Energy, or to remain with PG&E. For more information, visit www.pioneercommunityenergy.ca.govor call 1 (844) YES – PIONEEER (1-844-937-4766), toll free.

December MAC Meeting Summary

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

Hacienda Carmelitas Event Center:
Hacienda Carmelitas Event Center is a proposal to develop a commercial event center at the corner of Eureka and Auburn Folsom Roads. The Center will primarily function as a facility for social gatherings. The facility will consist of one grand hall, bar, kitchen, office and storage which will be made available for use by various private groups for activities such as meetings, parties, weddings, receptions and dances. The building will total 8,500 SF consisting of the 3,000 SF existing structure and 5,600 SF new structure. An additional 6,400 SF of outdoor space will be used in the existing courtyard for ceremonies. No mature trees will be removed and the open areas and courtyards will essentially remain the same. A new parking lot with 87 spaces will be constructed on the west side if the parcel.

Presenter: Ziyad Mansour, Engineer

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Employment Services Customers Celebrated For Finding Jobs, Purpose

Curtis Pierce is hopeful again. Hopeful, and hungry to learn. After losing his job, unemployment had thrust him into a spiral of negativity. Then, he reached out to Placer County Employment Services. They paired him with a counselor and began offering support, ranging from resume and interview help to on-the-job experience. Click here to read more

Placer County Library Celebrates Mandarin Season with “Paint Placer Orange” On Dec. 6

Things are about to get very sweet at the Placer County Library as the county celebrates the seasonal mandarin harvest with the “Paint Placer Orange” event Dec. 6. Click here to read more.

Placer County’s Fifth Annual Employee Art Show, Placer Creates, Opens

Works of art created by Placer County employees will be on display at six county office buildings as Placer County’s fifth annual employee art show, Placer Creates, opens today. This year’s art show features over 80 pieces of art from more than 40 artists, ranging from photography, painting and sculpture to textiles and music. Click here to read more

Placer Museums in Auburn to Exhibit Traditions of Christmas Past

Placer County Museums is decking the halls of three Auburn museums this year with the trappings of Christmas past, with festive exhibits on display from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Click here to read more

Update on Granite Bay Memory Care Facility

Click here to read more about the Extension of Time Notice for the approved Memory Care facility located across from the Granite Bay Library. In addition to this approved care facility, the Ovation Senior Living two-story facility of 114 units on Sierra College just south of Old Auburn Road has also been approved.

A Notice of Preparation Scoping Meeting will be held on November 7 at 10:00 to inform interested parties about the proposed 3 story Placer Retirement Project for 160 total residents located on Sierra College and Old Auburn Road. This parcel is zoned from 3 residential lots. County will accept written comments until 5:00 p.m. on November 15 which can be sent to cdrsecs@placer.ca.gov

November MAC Meeting Summary

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

Community Housing Fair to Benefit Homeless Veterans in Placer County:
County and Veteran’s Affairs staff will provide an overview of a Community Housing Fair scheduled for December 8, 2017 in Auburn. The Community Housing Fair is hosted by the VA Sierra Nevada HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program in partnership with the Placer County Housing Authority, and several community partners to provide homeless veterans with an opportunity to leave the event with keys to an apartment and possible employment opportunities.

Presenter: Matt Kerr, LCSW/HUD-VA Supportive Housing Supervisor

Placer County Code, Chapter 17, Zoning Text Amendments:
The Planning Services Division is proposing amendments to the Placer County Zoning Ordinance (Placer County Code, Chapter 17) to implement a new State regulation and make additional changes that will clarify and simplify implementation and interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance. The proposed Zoning Text Amendments would include revisions to the following sections of the Zoning Ordinance: Definitions, Allowable Land Uses and Permit Requirements, General Development Regulations, Antennae & Communications Facilities Section, and Temporary Outdoor Events. Additionally, this Zoning Text Amendment includes the creation of a street-side setback requirement, update of residential lot coverage standards, revisions to the nuisance abatement process, the inclusion of setback regulations for solar panel arrays, and other minor revisions. The proposed Zoning Text Amendments are intended to update Chapter 17 and further streamline implementation of the Placer County General Plan.

Presenter: George Rosasco, Planning Services Division

Granite Bay Update Newsletter

A number of projects have been proposed that will have an impact on the community and are in various stages of submittal at County. Click here to learn more about them.

Get Notifications If Disaster Strikes: Register for Placer’s Emergency Alert System

Placer County will join neighboring communities in a test of its emergency alert system Oct. 19, coinciding with the annual Great California ShakeOut drill for earthquake preparedness. Click here to read more

Placer Seeks Public Input on Proposed Winery and Farm Brewery Ordinance, Scoping Meeting Set For Nov. 1

With its planned winery and farm brewery ordinance, Placer County is working to further address the future development of wineries and farm breweries in the county, while encouraging agricultural economic development and protecting the character and long-term viability of our agricultural lands. Click here to read more.

Miles of Smiles Program to Expand To More Classrooms

One by one, kindergartners at George Cirby Elementary School approached Dr. Kayla Nguyen and opened their mouths as she peered in with magnifier glasses and a tongue depressor, searching for signs of cavities, abscesses or infection. Click here to read more.

Resource Fair Uplifts, Empowers People Experiencing Homelessness

Nathan and Joni, married for 17 years, came to the Placer Empowering People event looking for help with housing and dental care. But most important to the couple was making sure their pets, a Staffordshire terrier named MacDaddy and an English bulldog named Mumsy, were taken care of. Click here to read more.

October MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 has been cancelled. The next MAC meeting is set for Wednesday, November 1, 2017 .

August MAC Meeting Summary

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

Placer County Community Choice Energy Program:
Staff will provide an update and overview on the Placer County Community Choice Energy program.

Presenter: Jenine Windeshausen, Placer County Treasurer Tax Collector

Community Development Resource Agency Overview:
The Community Development Resource Agency (CDRA) regulates land use and development in the unincorporated area of Placer County. The Agency includes departments such as Building Services, Code Compliance, Engineering & Surveying, and Planning Services. CDRA recently prepared a 2017-2018 Business Plan to outline its major initiatives and goals for the coming fiscal year. A brief overview of these priorities and goals will be provided to the community.

Presenter: Steve Pedretti, CDRA Agency Director

Secondary Dwelling ZTA:
The Planning Services Division is proposing amendments to the Placer County Zoning Ordinance related to secondary dwellings to bring applicable regulations into compliance with recent changes to State law. Based on the new State laws, the County’s current secondary dwelling regulations regarding permit requirements, as well as design standards regarding unit size, parking, and allowable density on-site will be amended.

Presenter: Shawna Purvines, Planning Services Division

Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance ZTA:
In California, about half of the urban water is used for landscape irrigation. Substantial water savings can be gained by proper landscape design, installation and maintenance. To improve water savings in this sector, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) has developed a model ordinance that promotes efficient landscapes in new developments and retrofitted landscapes. State law requires that local regulations reflect these new standards; therefore, the Planning Services Division is proposing amendments to the Placer County Zoning Ordinance, Placer County Building Code, and Landscape Design Guidelines to bring applicable regulations into compliance with changes to the State law.

Presenter: Emily Setzer, Planning Services Division

Granite Bay Parks, Trails, and Landscaping:
Placer County staff will give an update on the Countywide Park and Trail Master Plan, an overview of funding and operations, and potential projects and changes that may be considered by the Granite Bay Community.

Presenter: Andy Fisher, Placer County Parks Division

Revitalization of Eureka School:
Eureka Union School District staff will discuss plans for the revitalization of Eureka School and what recreational potential that could offer to Granite Bay residents.

Presenter: Tom Janis, Superintendent, Eureka Union School District

Employee Retention Drives New Placer Wage, Benefit Agreement

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a new labor agreement with the Placer Public Employees Organization, outlining general wage increases for the county employees PPEO represents over the next five years. Click here to read more.

County Working with Partners to Address Opioid Overdoses

Placer County’s Health and Human Services Department is working with local law enforcement, medical providers, community groups and residents to address opioid overdoses in our community through a variety of strategies, including increased access to life-saving medication. Click here to read more.

Housing Coordinators to Broaden County’s Efforts against Homelessness

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved agreements with two nonprofit organizations to provide housing coordination services to county residents who are at risk of becoming homeless or who have already become homeless. Housing coordinators offer case management, budgeting and moving help, furnishings, deposits, credit checks, rental preparation classes and more. Click here to read more.

County Evolves With Growing Food Truck Industry

Lobster rolls, tacos, shaved ice, barbecue, grilled cheese sandwiches, wood-fired pizza and so much more.

Is your mouth watering yet? Click here to read more.

July MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 5, 2017 has been cancelled. The next MAC meeting is set for Wednesday, August 2, 2017 .

June MAC Meeting Summary

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

Placer County Community Choice Energy Program:
Staff will provide an update and overview on the Placer County Community Choice Energy program.

Presenter: Jenine Windeshausen, Placer County Treasurer Tax Collector (20 min)

Granite Bay Community Plan Transportation and Circulation Update:
The Department of Public Works and Facilities will present information regarding the Board of Supervisor’s May 30th approval to pursue an update to the Transportation and Circulation Element of the Community Plan and corresponding Environmental Impact Report.

Presenter: Ken Grehm, Director of Public Works and Facilities (10 min)

Heritage Trail Museums Tour Returns for Summer of Free Activities in Placer County

Looking for family fun and adventure, for free?

Museums throughout Placer County will offer free admission on select Saturdays all summer as the Heritage Trail Museums Tour returns for its 10th year. Click here to read more.

Placer County Library Announces Its Summer @ Your Library Program

Placer County Library is gearing up for its summer program. With the theme of “Explore. Discover. Do. Summer @ Your Library!” the library will focus on summer learning with all new reading logs and prizes for all ages. Click here to read more.

Free Event for Seniors, Families Offers Resources to Protect Against Elder Abuse

Do you have a loved one at risk of elder abuse? One in 10 people over the age of 60 experience elder abuse - whether physical, financial or emotional - and many are unable or afraid to come forward. On June 7, Placer County will host a free educational event, “Aging Safely,” at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Click here to read more.

Affordable Housing Fee Studies the Topic of Two County-Sponsored Public Workshops

Placer County has scheduled two housing fee study workshops in June, one in Kings Beach and another in Auburn. The workshops will offer an opportunity to comment on two recently completed studies about fees charged to developers to help fund workforce and affordable housing projects. These have become critical issues throughout the county. Click here to read more.

Seven Placer County Programs Win National Association of Counties Awards

Seven Placer County programs won awards this year from the National Association of Counties, recognizing innovation in county government.

The environmental engineering division of Placer’s public works and facilities department received an award for the LiveSewerSmart program, an outreach campaign about avoiding drain clogs.

Click here to read more.

May MAC Meeting Summary

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

Ventura at Granite Bay:
Ventura at Granite Bay is a proposal to develop a 33-lot detached single-family residential subdivision on a 6.11 acre site (APNs 050-160-026 and 050-160-077) located on the south side of Eureka Road, east of Purdy Lane. The site is designated High Density Residential and Rural Low Density Residential in the Granite Bay Community Plan and is zoned RM-DL 10-Dc (Residential Multi-Family, Density Limitation of 10 units per acre combining Design Scenic Corridor) and RS-AG-B-40 PD=1 (Residential Single Family, combining Agriculture, minimum building site of 40,000 square feet, combining Planned Residential Development of 1.0 unit per acre).

Requested entitlements include a Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map, Minor Boundary Line Adjustment, and a setback variance for one lot along Eureka Road.

Presented by: Ron Higgins, L&H Homes (20 Minutes)

Another New Granite Bay Alert Posted

A number of projects have been proposed that will have an impact on the community and are in various stages of submittal at County. Click here to learn more about them.

Placer County Proclaims Support for Sutter Health’s Regional Effort to End Homelessness

The Placer County Board of Supervisors proclaimed support for Sutter Health’s Getting to Zero campaign, a regional effort to end chronic homelessness by aligning programs and resources around a low-or-no barrier approach to housing individuals experiencing homelessness. Click here to read more.

Placer County Youth Commission Seeks Applicants

The Placer County Board of Supervisors is accepting applications from young people who wish to serve as one of 18 formally-appointed members of the Placer County Youth Commission for the 2017-18 term. The Placer County Youth Commission is an advisory board to the Placer County Board of Supervisors and consists of at least one representative from each of the five supervisorial districts. These commissioners must be between the ages of 14-21. They represent diverse backgrounds, experiences and skill sets, and provide a unique perspective in their recommendations to the board of supervisors. Click here to read more.

Placer County Launches Community Survey on Future Park and Trail Improvements

Placer County recreation planners are asking residents to take a 15-minute online survey to share their thoughts on the future of the county’s parks, trails, open spaces and beaches.

The feedback will be used to develop a 10-year vision for recreation improvements in Placer County. Click here to read more.

Community Member Recognized As Public Health Champion for Work Promoting Youth Dental Care

When volunteers with the Miles of Smiles program began visiting Roseville schools, they were surprised by the number of students suffering from tooth decay.

“I pulled out those papers one time, and about 80 percent of the kids had urgent dental needs,” said Ruth Burgess, one of the program’s founders. Click here to read more.

April MAC Meeting Summary

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

Placer County Cannabis Regulatory Framework and Compliance Process:
Placer County Code Compliance Services will share the current cannabis regulatory framework and compliance process.

Presented by Tim Wegner, Code Compliance Services (30 min)

Proposed Eureka at Granite Bay Project:
Eureka at Granite Bay is a proposal to develop a 28-unit Condominium development on a 4.4-acre site (APN 050-160-076-00) located at the southwest corner of Eureka and Auburn-Folsom roads in Granite Bay. The project would include 14, two-unit halfplex condominium buildings on private streets accessed from Eureka Road. The Eureka at Granite Bay project would revise the site configuration of the previously approved Micherra Place subdivision, increase the number of residential units by eight, change the unit type from detached single-family residences to attached condominium halfplexes, and add a private gated entrance.

The applicant, Eureka Granite Bay LLC, is requesting variances to 1) reduce the rear yard setback requirement for two-story structures in the RM zone district from 20 feet to 10 feet, 2) reduce the side yard setback requirement for two-story structures in the RM zone district from 7 feet 6 inches to 5 feet (zero feet where condominium halfplex units share a common wall property boundary), and 3) to reduce the amount of required off-street parking spaces from 112 spaces to a total of 70 spaces.

An Addendum to the previously-adopted Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared and finalized pursuant to CEQA for the project. It may be viewed here.

Presented by Chris Schmidt, Placer County Senior Planner (30 min)

Another New Granite Bay Alert Posted

A number of projects have been proposed that will have an impact on the community and are in various stages of submittal at County. Click here to learn more about them.

Town Hall on Placer Cannabis Regulations Set For April 6

With Placer County’s new cannabis ordinance now in effect, county staff will host a town hall meeting in Auburn April 6 to answer questions about the new rules for cannabis cultivation and the county’s complaint and enforcement process. Click here to read more.

Placer Valley Tourism to Take Over As New Placer County Fairgrounds Operator

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved Placer Valley Tourism, a private nonprofit organization, as the new operator of the Placer County Fairgrounds and approved a budget revision appropriating $2 million for fairgrounds repairs. Click here to read more.

County Unveils Placer County Government Center Master Plan Layout Proposal

After considerable analysis, stakeholder engagement, design and planning, the Placer County Board of Supervisors were presented a plan for a re-envisioned Placer County Government Center and expressed general support for the direction of the master plan. Click here to read more.

Placer County Launches Parks and Trails Master Plan Website Expressly For Public

In an effort to encourage public input for its first-ever comprehensive parks and trails master plan, Placer County has launched a new project website. Now available here, the website provides a place to obtain project information, sign up for project notifications and submit comments. Click here to read more.

March MAC Meeting CANCELLED

The Granite Bay MAC’s monthly meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2017 has been cancelled. The next MAC meeting is set for Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Placer County Building Permitting Now Available Online

In a continuing effort to improve service and ease the process for obtaining building permits, Placer County has launched an online permitting process. Click here to read more.

New Placer County Whistleblower Hotline to Help County Employees Report Fraud, Waste and Abuse

Placer County has long had a fraud policy to assist employees with reporting suspected fraud, waste and abuse, but not confidentially. However, under a $6,500 contract with Convercent, a compliance services provider, they’ll now be able to report it anonymously by phone and online 24/7. Click here to read more.

Placer Approves New Affordable Housing Opportunity for Those with Mental Illness

Home. Having a home can sometimes feel unattainable, especially for some of our most vulnerable residents affected by mental illness. So the Placer County Health and Human Services Department is continually pursuing and creating affordable housing opportunities to welcome people home. Click here to read more.

Another New Granite Bay Alert Posted

A number of projects have been proposed that will have an impact on the community and are in various stages of submittal at County. Click here to learn more about them.

February MAC Meeting Summary

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

2016 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 in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol on various County roadways within the MAC boundaries where the limits will expire. Presenter: Richard Moorehead, Placer County Transportation Division and Captain John Price, CHP (10 min)

Oakhills Elementary and Ridgeview Elementary School Bus Loading Zone:
Placer County DPWF would like to present the Eureka Unified School District’s request to utilize the roadway shoulder area on Elmhurst Drive, a public road, for school bus loading and unloading. Placer County requests input from the Granite Bay MAC and interested community regarding this request. Presenter: Rebecca Solomon, Assistant Engineer, DPWF (10 min)

2016 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 in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol on various County roadways within the MAC boundaries where the limits will expire. Presenter: Richard Moorehead, Placer County Transportation Division and Captain John Price, CHP (10 min)

Development of Countywide Parks and Trails Master Plan:
County Staff will provide the MAC with an introduction and overview on the County’s preparation of a new Countywide Parks and Trails Master Plan. Presenter: Andy Fisher/Lisa Carnahan, Parks and Grounds Division.

Hidden Falls Regional Park Expansion:
Placer County is the Lead Agency for the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Network Expansion Project, and is preparing a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails Network Expansion Project. Hidden Falls Regional Park currently includes approximately 30 miles of trails that are open to the public. The proposed project would expand the trail system into areas north and east of the existing park, where the County holds existing trail easements. In total, approximately 30 additional miles of trails would be added, along with the construction of three additional bridges over Coon Creek, additional parking and access areas and improvements, and possible improvement of off-site access roads. Presenter: Lisa Carnahan/Andy Fisher, Placer County Parks Division (10 min)

Granite Bay Community Park:
PThe Rotary Club of Granite Bay proposes to install flags at Granite Bay Community Park to honor our nation and military. County staff and Rotary representatives will discuss details of the plan. Presenter: Lisa Carnahan/Andy Fisher, Placer County Parks Division (10 min)

Supervisors Approve State and Federal Legislative Platforms

Ensuring that federal and state policy and funding decisions benefit Placer County is an annual task for the board of supervisors and county staff. To that end, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approves an annual legislative platform that serves as the basis for the county's advocacy efforts with executive and legislative branches of state and federal government. Click here to read more.

Placer County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Storm Damage

In response to the damage done by high-intensity “atmospheric river” storms that hit Northern California this month, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved a declaration of emergency due to extensive damage. The board’s action ratifies a declaration by the county’s director of emergency services made Jan. 17. Click here to read more.

Placer Child Support Services Ranks In Top Ten Statewide For Performance

Placer County’s Department of Child Support Services ranks eighth in the state out of 51 county child support agencies for their federal fiscal year 2016 performance numbers. Click here to read more.

Draft Site Plan Options for Future of Placer County Government Center

As work continues on an update of the Placer County Government Center master plan, county staff will host a community meeting Jan. 31 in North Auburn to present draft site plan options for the campus. Click here to read more.

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