On Jan. 6, 2015, FFNA members Loren & Sue Cook and Joe & Sue Van Zant met with Westpark Communities developers John Tallman, Jeff Jones, and Aldo Paneschi who gave updates on the Placer Ranch project. Placer ranch will be located immediately north of the Fiddyment Farm and Blue Oaks Neighborhood Associations along board sides of Fiddyment Road up to the South Placer Waste Management Plant. The area belongs to Placer County, but Placer County is still considering arrangements and tax share measures to allow the City of Roseville to annex the property. The City of Roseville Planning Department has a current project map and details of the development on its website [insert link/address here].
Some of the issues discussed included:
- Placer Parkway—first section begun at Whitney interchange (Rocklin funding) and other sales tax measures being discussed by the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency.
- Relocate Fiddyment Road to allow westward expansion of the Waste Management plant; and expand Fiddyment Road to 4 lanes between Pleasant Grove to the campus, and then to 6 lanes through the campus to Placer Parkway. Sunset will be widened (already has interchange with Hwy 65). Future plans would extend Westbrook Blvd from the Westpark development all the way to Placer Parkway.
- Construction will begin first with the proposed college campus area—potential for 30,000 full-time student equivalency (which could mean even higher numbers with part time students).
- Campus will provide its own police force. Cal State would own its own buildings, and share facilities with Sierra College.
- There will be a fire station on the east side of the development, along with a Village Center area, and a large business ranch at the top of the project along the future Placer Parkway.
- There will be an age restricted development to the west boundary north of Fiddyment Farm.
- The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) will supply water; a new plant is being built at the Whitney Exchange area.
FFNA will keep you updated as we hear further.
More project details are at the City website here