Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan kicks off with scoping meetings Nov. 29

Published on November 18, 2016

Placer County is taking the next big step in developing plans for the future of the Sunset Area, nestled between the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, where planned university, technology and residential developments are expected to drive economic growth for decades. The next step in the master planning process is preparation of an environmental impact report for the Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan.

The county has released a notice of preparation for the proposed Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan, available for public comment until Dec. 16.

The purpose of an NOP is to provide information about the proposed project and its potential environmental impacts to allow agencies and interested parties the opportunity to provide a response related to the scope and content of the EIR, including mitigation measures that should be considered and alternatives that should be addressed.

Two scoping meetings will be held on Nov. 29, one from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. and the other from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m, at the Western Placer Waste Management Authority Materials Recovery Facility, 3033 Fiddyment Road, in Roseville.

The Sunset Area is an 8,100-acre area in unincorporated Placer County that sits between the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln. Placer Ranch is 2,213 acres of land entirely within the Sunset Area Plan.

The proposed area envisions an entertainment mixed-use district to bring in visitors and consumers from outside the region; an innovation center district that would attract a large corporate campus; and an eco-industrial district to provide opportunities for energy alternatives, enhanced recovery of materials and solid waste related research and development.

Placer Ranch includes 300 acres of land planned for dedication to California State University, Sacramento for a possible satellite campus. At build out, the school is projected to employ 5,000 faculty and staff who will support 25,000 students. Sierra College plans to locate a transfer center on the site that serves an additional 5,000 students.

Additionally, the Placer Ranch Specific Plan proposes residential developments, including an active adult community; 5,800 residential units in three density ranges; elementary and middle schools, lots of parks and open space; a university town center with a vibrant, high-density residential and commercial area; and a bike and trail plan that ties into existing trails and connects the university campus with the schools, parks and neighborhoods.

The meeting space for the scoping meetings is accessible to people with disabilities. Those needing special assistive devices will be accommodated to the county’s best ability. For more information, please contact Shirlee Herrington (at the contact information below) at least 48 hours before the meeting.

The NOP is available for public review during normal business hours at the Placer County Community Development Resources Agency, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603. It’s also available online.

Comments may be addressed to the Placer County, Community Development Resources Agency, Attention: Shirlee Herrington, Environmental Coordination Services, 3091 County Center Drive, Suite 190, Auburn, CA 95603; at the NOP scoping meeting, or by email. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.

For more information regarding the project NOP, please contact the project planner, Shirlee Herrington, at 530-745-3132.