Northstar rezoning paves way for more homes |

Northstar rezoning paves way for more homes

The Placer County board of supervisors approved a rezoning of land in Northstar that is a precursor to the planned development of 12 new homes near Northstar’s golf course.

The rezoning approval by the supervisors clusters the homes in lots of one acre or larger, and places nearly 16 acres of the 50-acre area into a forestry zone. The proposal is known as the Porcupine Hill subdivision.

Previously all 50 acres were designated for lots of 5 acres or larger.

Geoff Stephens, director of the Northstar Homeowners Association, said the association does not object to the proposal, and will poll its members this month on whether to add the 12 homes to the association.

“It’s a win-win for us,” said Stephens. “It limits the amount of development housing-wise in that area.”

Stephens said some recreation components could still be added to the area zoned as Forestry sometime in the future.

Ken Grehm, director of Public Works for Placer County, said a new road will connect the area from Basque Drive.

“In general what it was, they had a big parcel of land and a lot of it they weren’t going to build on,” Grehm said.

Northstar is in the midst of the a building boom that includes a new village at the base of the ski resort, more than 1,500 new condominiums, a luxury hotel and new shops and restaurants

The developers of the Porcupine Hill property, Booth Creek Holdings, did not return phone requests for comment by press time Wednesday.

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