Subdivision may cause traffic woes |

Subdivision may cause traffic woes

Some Ponderosa Ranchos residents are worried their quiet neighborhood streets will soon become a thoroughfare for hundreds of residents at the proposed Eaglewood subdivision in Martis Valley.

The Placer County planning division wants the site, located off of Highway 267 between Sierra Meadows and Lahontan, to have primary access through Schaffer Mill Road as well as direct traffic connections to Palisades and Star Pine streets in Ponderosa Ranchos.

“The primary access will still be through Schaffer Mill Road,” Placer County Planning Director Fred Yeager said. “The county thinks if you have several connections it is better than just one because it will disperse the traffic over several routes.”

“Otherwise, it’s one big cul-de-sac,” he said.

Ponderosa Ranchos residents are concerned that the connecting their neighborhood to Schaffer Mill Road will bring increased traffic, noise and lighting to their streets.

“Our neighborhood was not designed for this much traffic,” said Ponderosa Ranchos resident George Simmons. “There’s a lot of kids that live on Palisades Road. To suddenly put this development here and funnel all this traffic into our neighborhood is not a pleasant situation.”

Yeager said if the Sierra Meadows connections were approved, street lighting would be required primarily at key intersections.

“I’d prefer not to see the streets connect and not see street lighting,” Simmons said. “I’d rather see stars.”

Town of Truckee Planner Duane Hall said the Eaglewood plan that was submitted by the county to the town thus far had the sole access from the subdivision to Schaffer Mill Road and emergency access only to two Sierra Meadows neighborhoods. Hall said if plans called for residential access through Sierra Meadows town staff would be concerned.

“That project would be adding traffic to town streets and that brings a number of different concerns,” Hall said.

Yeager said that the Eaglewood developer, Bob Hayes, would like both Star Pine and Palisades Streets to be for emergency access only.

There will be several opportunities for public comment and responses to the plan over the next few months, Yeager said. Placer County will hold a hearing before the planning division, and is currently preparing the Notice of Preparation of the Environmental Impact Review (EIR) and identifying what issues should be addressed. Public comment will be accepted on the EIR document.

Eaglewood plans include five mixed residential categories for a total of 475 dwelling units, including five employee housing units, an 18-hole public golf course, recreation center, park and commercial village on approximately 475 acres.

Address comment to: Bill Combs, Placer County Planning Department, 11414 B Ave., Auburn, CA 95603.

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