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New neighborhood in Alpine needs time extension

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

An Alpine Meadows subdivision is seeking a one-year extension to complete proposed plans.

Alpine Knolls, a 27-acre, 19-lot subdivision, is located at the end of Upper Bench Road, east of Chateau Place within the Alpine Meadows area.

Developers have not yet begun building because they still need to complete the improvement plan process, including utility, grading and paving designs.

Placer County’s Board of Supervisors approved the original project in December 2003.

Rick Sylvester, the property owner, said the one-year extension is necessary because the permitting process has been slow. The parcel has .05 acres of wetlands which requires a permit from the California Department of Fish and Game, which Sylvester said is understaffed.

When he first proposed the subdivision, there was some opposition from neighbors, Sylvester said. But Placer County planner Mike Wells said there seem to be few issues surrounding the development now.

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In December 2003, Placer’s board also approved re-zoning the property to increase open space from about four acres to about 12 acres for slope areas and resource protection.

Placer County’s Planning Commission will host a public hearing on Jan. 25 at their Auburn offices to consider an extension through December 2007 for Alpine Knolls.