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The Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council will be meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd, 6:00 PM at the Granite Bay Library. On the Agenda: The Sub Committee Members of the Granite Bay Community Plan Committee, the Parks Open Spaces and Natural Resources Committee, the Trails Committee and the Traffic Committee will discuss their work, answer questions and hear input from the the Community. And as always there is time for members of the public to comment about events or issues of interest, and representatives from South Placer Fire, Placer County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol will be in attendance to give public safety updates.
The meeting will be held in person, or you may attend via zoom using this link: https://placer-ca-gov.zoom.us/j/96678772664
Placer County has joined Simplicity - a free smartphone app for local news and information. Just download the app, select your community and follow Placer County for push alerts on all the topics that interest you. The Simplicity app does not require registration and does not collect any personal data from users. After installing the Simplicity app, users just need to choose their community of residence, and then select topics of interest to receive personalized notifications.
Using the mobile app and its push notifications, residents can always stay informed with real-time updates about things they are interested in - even without opening the app. Unlike social media providers such as Facebook and Nextdoor, all posts in Simplicity reach every user.
As other local government agencies also join, users will have official local community updates easily accessible in one place.
The Simplicity app is free and available for iOS and Android. Residents of unincorporated Placer County can sign up here.
The Placer County District Attorney’s Citizens Academy is a nine-week program that will offer accelerated courses each week. Placer County citizens will be able to meet our team, learn about the District Attorney’s Office, its role within the criminal justice system and the services that are provided to the community.
Space is limited and accepted participants will receive notification. Notification will also be made to those who were not accommodated. The course starts September 13th and will be held every Tuesday from 6 PM - 8:30 PM through November 8 th at the Rocklin Police Department Community Room. Learn more at www.placer.ca.gov/DACitizensAcademy.
Granite Bay Community Plan Committee
Parks, Open Spaces and Natural Resources Committee
Led by Supervisor Jones
The county’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. The approved budget will serve as the new spending plan when the next fiscal year begins July 1 st.
On June 28th the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget totaling $1,221,251,032 for fiscal year 2022-23, representing a 19.2% increase over FY 2021-22.
The increase is attributed to inflationary costs and the addition of staffing to deliver services in key strategic areas of county operations. These cost increases are primarily offset with additional property and sales tax revenues related to the growing local economy. State and federal grant revenues have also increased to offset the growing cost of health and human services and public safety programs. Also included in the budget is an increase of $99.1 million in capital projects, which are funded by bond financing, capital reserves and state grants.
Budget expenditures reflect the county’s priorities of public health and safety with approximately 44% of overall spending dedicated to the support of health and human services and public protection, including a 10.2% budget increase to the Placer County Health and Human Services Department.
Saving for a rainy day has also been part of the county’s fiscal planning process for many years and achieving and maintaining a 10% budget reserve has been a top priority. The county has surpassed its goal by about $10 million with a projected General Fund Reserve of $69.7 million.
Property tax, the county’s largest discretionary revenue source, is estimated to increase by 5.8% in FY 2022-23, continuing its upward trend. Sales taxes, transient occupancy “lodging” taxes and other revenue sources driven by the economy are projected to remain stable.
In order to keep up with the county’s growth, the budget includes 76 new positions with more than half allocated to the public health and safety sectors. Most notably, the District Attorney’s Office will receive additional staffing for a Community Prosecution Unit and the Sheriff’s Office will receive additional staffing to manage their new body-worn cameras program. Health and Human Services will receive 27 new positions to expand community programs and the Office of Emergency Services will receive additional staffing to support a series of wildfire prevention initiatives.
Approved along with the budget are two five-year capital improvement plans, one for facilities and the other for countrywide improvements.
The facilities plan includes approximately $68 million for construction of a new Health and Human Services building, which broke ground in February and when complete in the fall of 2023 will bring all HHS programs and services under one roof and provide additional convenience to residents.
A total of $8.5 million has also been allocated to finish the renovation of a warehouse for the new Clerk -Recorder Elections Office in Rocklin. Additionally, $33 million has been earmarked for a new Mental Health Facility and a Vocational Training and Medium Security Facility at the South Placer Jail in Roseville.
The countywide plan includes $61 million in roads, bridges and transportation projects and $8.8 million in park projects including Hidden Falls, Dry Creek Park and Martis Valley Trail.
The budget also includes nearly $78 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. This funding has been allocated to COVID response, construction of infrastructure, affordable housing and broadband service improvements.
Increasing the variety and affordability of housing in Placer County’s developed unincorporated areas is the goal of a series of policy changes approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.
The updates align county code with sweeping changes to state law in recent years intended to address the growing housing affordability crisis in California. They also allow new housing types like moveable tiny homes and co-housing or “cottage home” developments. While Placer County has for years been working to reduce barriers to housing construction, the Board of Supervisors and community members alike sought an extensive public engagement process to ensure a balance between meeting state requirements and preserving the character of existing communities through this broad update to Placer’s housing policy.
The project also includes a new design manual for multi-family housing. Multi-unit projects that meet the design manual standards can now be streamlined and approved by county planning staff, with enhanced requirements for public notice to neighboring property owners. Moveable tiny homes will be allowed on appropriately zoned parcels in unincorporated areas countywide, including the Lake Tahoe Basin, but will have the same water, sewer and electrical connections requirements as other permanent structures. Their trailer chassis and wheels also need to be concealed behind skirting. The changes take effect July 14th.
Get involved with your community and stay informed by attending Granite Bay MAC meetings, which are now held live, in person at the Granite Bay Library, 6475 Douglas Blvd. Members of the public may still view and participate from the comfort of home via ZOOM. On the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council meets and discusses development, conservation, traffic and public safety issues in Granite Bay. Review agendas and more by visiting Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council | Placer County, CA
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:00 PM.