Westpark Communities Updates
Date: 1/13/2016 at Pete’s at the Fountains
Loren and Sue Cook were invited to meet with John Tallman and Jeff Jones of Westpark Communities (West Roseville Specific Plan developers). No specific topic discussed, just a few updates to pass along.
Placer Ranch Project: As you’ve already heard by now, Westpark Communities developers pulled out of the Placer Ranch project. There were ongoing discrepancies between Placer County and the City of Roseville and the delays were getting costly. One of the issues was $54.4 Million in mitigation costs that would be required to the surrounding areas outside of the Placer Ranch development itself that would have to be provided for under federal regulations. Both agreed that Sacramento State University is still anxious to get the project going.
Elementary School: Westpark Communities has managed to move up the building of the 3rd elementary school (in the WestPark area). They worked out a deal for the state to pay half and they will advance the other half to get it going while funding is available. They should be able to start building this Spring (instead of waiting until 2018). If they can build it as quickly as they built the Fiddyment Farm school, it could be opening in the fall session of 2017.
Solar Project: Loren Cook mentioned the solar proposal presented to our FFNA and WestPark boards at the Jan. 12th. At one time, this was a proposal discussed involving the Westpark builders and on WestPark property, but issues prevented it from going forward at that time. Now it will go forward on City-owned property.
Sierra Vista Specific Plan: The developers are waiting for federal wetland permit for most of the project to go forward, but expect it should come through this year. Several developers are ready to go and just waiting—Moyer is ready, Denio’s is ready to start on the Market Place along Baseline. The developers are looking at a large age-restricted development (possibly 500 homes) on the far west side of the project (like the Club). The Solaire development (former Westbrook) was under a separate application and has already started.
Soccer Fields: With all the concern over the soccer fields costs, Sue Cook asked if the soccer fields were included in our original CFD calculations. Both Jeff and John indicated that the area was not included in the CFD’s, but it was included in the City Park fee that was collected as part of the initial impact fees assessed for each home permit.
Jeff and John said they will be contacting Scott Alvord to reach out to WestPark NA, and Sue Cook suggested again that they come to one of our combined board meetings to present updates to all members of both boards.