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Review period almost over for pair of developments

Scott Hess

The review period for the draft environmental impact reports for Hopkins Ranch and Eaglewood developments will end on Sept. 2 and Sept. 8, respectively.

The two developments, which are proposed next to each other, near Lahontan (within Placer County limits and near the Truckee border), have had their DEIR reports out for some time now, and are ready to move to the next step.

Hopkins Ranch

The DEIR review period ends Sept. 2 for this development, which proposes 58 single-family residential units, a golf course, seven golf cottages and a clubhouse on 279.9-acre site. The project is proposed for the area north of Lahontan, adjacent to Schaefer Mill Road.

The DEIR states that there will be 216.3 acres of open space, which includes the golf course. Also, it mentions the single-family lots would range from 23,958-46,609 square feet.

As with most project DEIRs, there are areas of controversy. The Hopkins Ranch DEIR, which was prepared by Pacific Municipal Consultants, identifies land use, housing, water and air quality, transportation, noise, recreation, utilities services and biological resources as areas that brought up questions.

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Eaglewood

The Eaglewood project is proposed for an area adjacent to the Hopkins Ranch project, and its DEIR public comment period ends Sept. 8. The project proposes a much larger residential area, with 462 residential units – including 220 single-family attached town homes, 218 single-family detached units and 24 employee housing units.

The project also incorporates the residential units, a golf course with a clubhouse, tennis courts, a “tot lot,” public and private trails and open space on 475 acres. According to the DEIR, the plan would include approximately 184.2 acres of open space.

Similarly, PMC drafted the report, and identified the same basic areas of controversy.

Comments from Truckee

In the Truckee Town Council meeting on Aug. 21, the town council approved the submission of comments to Placer County about the two projects.

The biggest issue the council brought up dealt with affordable housing. Mayor Ted Owens said at the council meeting that Truckee could not bear all of Placer County’s affordable housing burdens.

Owens said Truckee was concerned with the lack of affordable housing, specifically in the Hopkins Ranch project, which will be conveyed through a public comment letter to the county. According to community development director Tony Lashbrook, the Hopkins Ranch project does not call for any affordable housing.

The public comment periods will only be open for a short while longer, but comments will be heard when the projects head to the planning commission.

Public comments can be mailed to Lori Lawrence, Placer County Planning Department, 11414 B Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603. For more information on the projects or for the DEIR for either, visit the Placer County Planning Department in Auburn or visit http://www.placer.ca.gov.