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Placer identified as “boomburb” by national GIS company

Placer County is working on a “getting growth right” strategy in response to forecasts of continued growth in the region. Recent population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed Placer County gained roughly 5,500 more residents last year, ranking third for population growth among California counties. Recent data provided by ESRI categorized Placer County as a "boomburb."


Boomburbs are new growth markets where young professionals have flocked, often drawn by the qualities of spacious living, ample job opportunities and a vibrant suburban lifestyle. These emerging suburban hubs have many of these characteristics:

  • Well-educated young professionals; 55% are college graduates.
  • High labor force participation at 71.3%; most households have more than two workers.

The county's “getting growth right” initiative is one of five county policy priorities identified to ensure county services keep pace with continued growth in western Placer communities. Acting Placer County Executive Officer Daniel Chatigny recently discussed this commitment at a Greater Sacramento Economic Council event in downtown Roseville. Watch video

District Attorney

Update on pending release of sexually violent predator

Sexually Violent Predator

The pending release of state-designated sexually violent predator William Stephenson remains in question after the Department of State Hospitals indicated this week that a proposed placement location is no longer viable. Read more


Hidden Falls Park: Know before you go

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Hidden Falls Park is BLOOMING with outdoor activities, but there are things you need to know before springing to the trail. Ensure you have a parking reservation BEFORE your visit, appropriate clothing and shoes, water and snacks. Learn more


Final report on rezone program available for public review April 18

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A final environmental impact report on the Placer County Housing Element Sites Rezone program is now available for public review. It is available at local libraries, our CDRA office, our Clerk-Recorder’s office and online. Read more

Health and safety

More options for safe disposal of medication

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As Placer County prepares to host another free medication take-back event April 27, local agencies are also encouraging residents to use permanent drop boxes and new mail-in options to dispose of medication year-round. Watch video

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In other news

Eastern Regional Landfill and Transfer Station open house event this Earth Day

SUN Bucks: The new summer food program for eligible families $$

Placer County Film Office named a finalist for a 2024 emerging location award

Times, dates and locations of upcoming rezone public hearings

VIDEO: Mosquito Awareness Week - get ready for another intense mosquito season

Prepare for delays: I-80 construction season ramps up with likely delays between Colfax and the Nevada state line

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Did You Know?

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Placer County has a plan to conserve up to 47,300 acres of land in western Placer County – about 1 ½ times the size of San Francisco.

The Placer County Conservation Program, or PCCP, began implementation on Earth Day in 2021. It’s the county’s long-term conservation program to conserve land, and protect agriculture, natural resources, wetlands, streams and species in western Placer County.  

In just the first three years of implementation, the PCCP already has added approximately 3,888 acres to the reserve system, which is land that is permanently protected.

Celebrate the PCCP’s 3rd anniversary this Earth Day! Learn more about the plan and Placer County’s commitment to balancing development and conservation at placerconservation.com. Watch video

This week in Placer County history

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On the morning of April 15, 1931, 4-year-old Peggy Morelli of Lincoln went outside to play. By 9:30 a.m., her mother realized she was gone. The Morelli family and authorities frantically searched, but by early afternoon, Peggy was still missing.

It was just before 2 p.m. when C.C. Scott, scoutmaster for the Lincoln Boy Scouts of America, was called to assist with the search. With the help of K.O. Bayless, the Lincoln Grammar School principal, all the Scouts from both the grammar and high school were delivered to the search area. They immediately went to work. According to the April 16, 1931, Lincoln News Messenger:

“…the Boy Scouts are trained to hunt systematically and overlook no clue that would possibly lead to discovery of the object they are looking for.”

While those involved with the earlier search would simply scan a barren field and move on, the Scouts systematically walked transects through such areas, just like archaeologists conducting a pedestrian survey. After 33 minutes of searching, they found Peggy Morelli alive and well. She had fallen into a large post hole a farmer had dug on the outer edge of his field and she was unable to climb out. Having been trapped for over five hours, she was exhausted and dehydrated, but happy to be found.  

Photo: School bus outside of the Lincoln Grammar School, c. 1920

Fun things to do this week

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Don’t miss the fun coming this next week in...

Roseville: WPWMA Trash Bash
Rocklin: Rocklin Clean-Up Day
Lincoln: Lincoln Area Business Roundtable
Loomis: Manga Club
Auburn: Downtown Spring Festival, Game Night
Colfax: Placer Food Bank Distribution
North Lake Tahoe: Ski with a Ranger, Truckee Tahoe Earth Day

...and many Placer County Library and Placer County Museum events.

Visit our regional partners to discover more of the fun happening right here in Placer County!

Placer County Visitors' Bureau
North Tahoe Community Alliance
Tahoe City Downtown Association
The Arts Council of Placer County
Placer Valley Tourism
Placer Wine Trail

Find current state COVID-19 guidance, along with local data and resources, here.

Advisory committees and commissions

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Whether it’s representing your community or sharing your expertise on topics like agriculture or parks, there are always opportunities for you to help advise county leaders on the issues that matter to you most. Recruitment is open now to fill seats on the following committees or commissions, among others. Learn more and apply

Current recruitments include:

Upcoming public meetings and events

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CANCELED - Donner Summit Municipal Advisory Council meeting, April 18 Info
Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council meeting, April 19, 9 a.m. Info
Board of Supervisors meeting, April 23, 9 a.m. Info
Tahoe Basin Design Review Committee, April 23, 4 p.m. Info
North Auburn Ophir Fire Safe Council meeting, April 23, 4 p.m. Info
Planning Commission meeting, April 25, 9 a.m. Info
Firewise 101: Q&A in Foresthill, April 25, 5 p.m. Info
Placer Sierra Fire Safe Council meeting, April 25, 6 p.m. Info

To learn about other Placer County committees and commissions and current opportunities to serve your community click here.

List of active projects throughout Placer County

Projects are listed alphabetically and by Board of Supervisors districts. A hard copy of the list is available at the Placer County Community Development Resource Agency, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. 

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