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“Smart Growth Plan for Placer County”
Many people may be surprised to learn that Placer County’s Board of Supervisors is the project applicant for a new industrial city currently called the Sunset Area Plan, which will be located between Roseville and Lincoln. This city will take 10,000 acres of land that is currently zoned primarily for farmland and vernal pool wetland habitat and turn it into a new city the size of Roseville and employ 78,000 people. Placer County taxpayers are now paying the nearly $7 million price tag for studies and staff on behalf of a few big developers for development entitlements. These developers will see the value of their land spike when they have obtained these entitlements. This process will take 10,000 acres of land that is currently zoned primarily for farmland and vernal pool wetland habitat and turn it into a new city.
This month’s Topics of Community Interest at the monthly meeting of the Auburn Area Democratic Club (AADC) features Leslie Warren, Chair of the Alliance for Environmental Leadership (AEL) – a coalition of 14 local organizations working to amplify the voice of the environmental and social justice community. (https://auburndemocrats.com/index.php/local-advocates/) The Alliance has undertaken a project to create a Citizen Initiated SmArt Growth Plan that looks at land development with social justice and the environment in the forefront of planning. She will talk about the work of the AEL, describe how these discoveries were made, and use the proposed Sunset Area Plan as a case study in her presentation. Join us on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center in downtown Auburn. Doors open 6:15 p.m. and the meeting is free and open to the
The AEL stumbled across this entitlement process, which utilizes taxpayer dollars to subsidize and institutionalize private development, during their ongoing work of investigating how our green fields become urban sprawl. The planned city will generate 900,000 new daily vehicular trips on our roadways, cause species extinction, and contribute nearly 600,000 metric tons of CO2 to the atmosphere annually. There is virtually no proposed housing for the new city’s employees. Instead, housing will continue the current trend to build high cost single-family sprawl, with many of the houses for over 55 age households.
“We hope to rally citizen advocates to put the brakes on ill-conceived development plans that affect the environment, our quality of life, and forever change the character of our once rural community,” says Warren. She adds, “Much of this planning is being driven by desires and dollars of developers who want to build because they maximize profits on sprawling high-wage-earner, climate-damaging, car-dependent new developments.”
The AEL believes such development plans ignore environmental impacts and don’t represent a changing demographic that no longer favors these kinds of developments. For those who live in Auburn who may not be concerned with developments “down the hill” in the valley, the AEL believes that if these proposals are deemed even moderately successful by the developers, they will be used a model for development throughout the county.
The presentation is open to the public and is a unique opportunity to hear about the work of the AEL and smart growth plans. Join us at 6:30 p.m. with brief AADC announcements, followed by the main presentation and a Q&A session. Learn more about the Auburn Area Democratic Club at http://www.auburndemocrats.com/. AADC has members from the entire foothills area, and offers their “Topics of Community Interest” Speaker Series (usually) on the first Thursday evening of each month in downtown Auburn at the General Gomez Arts & Events Center.