The opportunity to comment on the Notice of Preparation has closed; so, the County will now conduct the environmental review process which will review ALL of the 80 specific issues that were noted in the Initial Study as issues that could have a “Potentially Significant Impact” on our existing environment as well as the items that were brought to the attention of the County in the letters they received in response to the Notice of Preparation. This process will take some time and the Draft EIR—the complete environmental study of this project—will not be available until early next spring.

The next step is to circulate a petition ...

Proposed Project:

“GBD Communities proposes to develop the Hawk Homestead project in the Granite Bay Community Plan (GBCP) of unincorporated Placer County [on property formerly known as the Frank Andrews property]. Hawk Homestead features 108 rural estate home sites with extensive open space, trails and amenities consistent with the character and identity of Granite Bay. The 245.2-acre Hawk Homestead (HH) site is located at the northwest corner of Barton Road and Cavitt-Stallman Road in the Granite Bay community.”

The property is currently zoned for just 37 homes with a minimum lot size of 4.6 acres. This project proposal is asking for almost three times as many lots ...

GraniteBay.com has received several e-mails recently that express concerns about different situations in the area; i.e. traffic problems, project development issues, down trees, etc. If your concerns are similar to the examples listed and are related to Granite Bay, Placer County, please send your email to lbrown@placer.ca.gov.

At its regular Board meeting on February 12, at 7:00 in the district office on Auburn Folsom Road, SJWD will consider available options for the crisis, and based on their grim discussions at the January 22 meeting there are no good ones. ...

At a recent fire board meeting, an information item was presented to the Board of Directors that the new healthcare law may affect ambulance transportation revenues ...

More Top Stories

New Granite Bay Alert Posted

The GBCA hasn’t published a monthly Alert for the last year due to the stagnant development in our community. However, in the last months a number of projects have been proposed and are in various stages of submittal at the County. Click here to learn more about them.

Eureka Union School District Kindergarten Registration

Registration for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten will begin February 2nd in the Eureka Union School District.

If you have an incoming student for the 2016 – 2017 school year, you may pick up a registration packet at the TK – 3 school of your residential area:

Greenhills School
8200 Greenhills Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746

Maidu School
1950 Johnson Ranch Dr.
Roseville, CA 95661

Oakhills School
9233 Twin Schools Road
Granite Bay, CA 95746

If you have any questions you may contact any of the schools above. We are looking forward to your child’s first step into school. Welcome!

February MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Ashley Brown will present

Proposed Residential Project, The Park at Granite Bay:
Brief introduction by Lisa Carnahan, Planning Services Division. Presentation by Marcus Lo Duca, on behalf of Maverick Partners West (15 minutes)
The Park at Granite Bay is a proposal by Maverick Partners West to develop a 56-unit development on a 16.3-acre site west of Sierra College Boulevard, east of Eckerman Road, south of Annabelle Avenue, and north of Haskell Way. The project would include detached, single-family residential residences, and an approximately 0.8-acre park which would be open to the public during the daylight hours. The Draft Environmental Impact Report was released for public comment on December 31, 2015, with the comment period ending February 16, 2016. The purpose of this presentation is to give the MAC members and the public an update on the changes in the project which have occurred since the release of the Notice of Preparation. There will be no official public comments accepted on the Draft EIR at this meeting. For more information, click here or contact District Director, Ashley Brown at 916-787-8954 (office), 916-871-0202 (cell) or anbrown@placer.ca.gov.

Kindergarten Vaccination Rate Increases in Placer County

Vaccination rates have increased for Placer County kindergartners while fewer parents are exempting their children from vaccines, according to new data from the California Department of Public Health.

Placer’s vaccination rate increased from 86.4 percent to 88.8 percent for the 2015-2016 school year. Kindergarten personal belief exemptions are down from 8 percent to 5.96 percent, one of the most significant improvements in the state. Click here to read more.

Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project Gears Up for Last Phase

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the Department of Public Works and Facilities to award the last contract for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. Click here to read more.

Placer County Expands Animal Shelter Hours in North Auburn

Our furry friends can't stop wagging their tails. Beginning Feb. 1, Placer County's animal shelter in North Auburn will change its operating hours, increasing access for the public.

Previously closed on Mondays and for lunch from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. every day, the shelter will now be open continuously Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The shelter will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays instead of 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays and major holidays. Click here to read more.

Granite Bay Construction Unearths Fascinating Discovery

Since the addition of a new artifact dating back approximately 50 million years, the files are no longer the oldest commodities in the Placer County Community Development Resource Center. Click here to read more.

Sign up for PCSO's Community Awareness Academy

Reservations are now being taken for the Placer County Sheriff Office's Community Awareness Academy. This year, participants will tour the new South Placer Jail in addition to several other "field trips." Save a spot now as the academy fills up quickly.

Attendees are asked to attend all eight classes, each of which covers a different topic. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning Tuesday, March 8 and ending Thursday, March 31. Participants will hear from members of the department's special units, and in addition to touring both jails, will tour the morgue, the 911 dispatch center, and the air operations hangar.

Classes are held in the Community Room at the Placer County Sheriff's Office headquarters in the Auburn Justice Center, 2929 Richardson Drive, Auburn. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The academy will kick off with a welcome by top sheriff's administrators and an overview of how the department works. On subsequent nights, presentations will be made by air operations, Search and Rescue, the bomb squad, the Special Enforcement Team, the marine unit, investigations, hostage negotiators and the drug task force. There will also be a demonstration by members of the K-9 team.

The academy is intended to provide the citizens of Placer County with an overview of the Sheriff Office's functions, policies and procedures, as well as getting them involved in their community. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community. Attendees must be at least 18 years of age, work or reside in Placer County and agree to submit to a minor background check.

The deadline for making a reservation is Feb. 15. To reserve a spot, call Community Services Officer Kim Rivera at (530) 889-6922 or email krivera@placer.ca.gov.

PCSO Offering Free Safety Awareness Class for Business Owners, Managers, and Employees

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is offering a free safety awareness class for business owners, managers, and employees, to help them keep their businesses and themselves safe.

The class will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the Auburn Justice Center, 2929 Richardson Drive in Auburn. The presenter is Deputy Zach Poiesz, a problem-oriented policing deputy. He deals with chronic nuisance problems in the greater Auburn area and is offering this class in response to business and safety concerns.

Topics covered will include: how to safely open for business at the start of the day; front counter safety; attention during breaks and lunch; banking precautions; closing safeguards; and introduction to the "Run, Hide, Fight" philosophy.

Class size is limited. To reserve a seat, which is required, email CSO Amanda Rogers at arogers@placer.ca.gov, or call her at 530-889-6922. Be sure to reference "safety awareness class" in your voicemail or email.

Placer County Proclaims Local Emergency for Dying Trees

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today proclaimed a local emergency for the high number of dead and dying trees across the county. The move follows Governor Jerry Brown's emergency declaration and seeks federal resources to help in the removal of dead and dying trees. Click here to read more.

January MAC Meeting Summary

Supervisor Report:
If Supervisor Kirk Uhler is not present, Linda Brown will present

Proposed Residential Project, Greyhawk III:
Presented by: Marcus Lo Duca on behalf of Patterson Properties (30 min.)
Greyhawk III is a proposal by Patterson Properties to develop a 72-unit residential development on a 17.5 –acre site at the northeast corner of Sierra College and Eureka Road. The project would include detatched, single-story, single-family residences on the eastern portion of the site and attached residential “halfplex” units on the western portion. Private roads accessed from a gated entryway off of Eureka Road is proposed. The applicant is also requesting a rezoning of the eastern portion of the site from RS-B-40 PD = 2.0 to RS-B-18 PD = 2.8.

Placer Supervisors Approve Revised Bickford Ranch Development

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, a revised plan for the Bickford Ranch housing development located between Loomis and Lincoln was approved by a 4-1 vote by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Click here to read more.

Placer Supervisors Agree to Regulate Medical Marijuana

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the development of a comprehensive medical marijuana regulatory framework for the unincorporated areas of the county. Click here to read more.

Supervisors Vote to Hold off On Loomis, Meadow Vista Library Closures

Libraries in Meadow Vista and Loomis may remain open until June after the board of supervisors voted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 to consider a budget revision at its Jan. 5, 2016 meeting. The revision, if approved, would provide funding for six months to give library supporters time to formulate a plan for continued operation of the branches. Click here to read more.

Upcoming Meetings

Wed., February 3, 2016
7:00 PM
Granite Bay MAC

Tues., February 9, 2016
9:00 AM
Placer County Board of Supervisors

Wed., February 10, 2016
7:00 PM
SJW District Board

Tues., February 16, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Older Adult Advisory Commission

Wed., February 17, 2016
7:00 PM
South Placer Fire District Board of Directors

Tues., February 23, 2016
9:00 AM
Placer County Board of Supervisors

Wed., February 24, 2016
7:00 PM
SJW District Board

Wed., March 2, 2016
7:00 PM
Granite Bay MAC

Upcoming Events

Tues., February 2, 2016 -
Tues., February 23, 2016

Foothill Farmers’ Market
8:30 AM - 1 PM
** This event is held on Tuesdays year-round **

Wed., February 3, 2016 -
Wed., February 24, 2016

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
10 AM - 1:30 PM
** This event is held on Wednesdays year-round **

Wed., February 3, 2016 -
Wed., February 24, 2016

Accordion Society Meets
6:30 PM - 9 PM

Thurs., February 4, 2016 -
Thurs., February 25, 2016

Kaiser Permanente Farmers Markets
10 AM - 3 PM
** This event is held on Thursdays year-round **

Thurs., February 11, 2016
Food Truck Fun
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
** This event is held on the second Thursday of every month year-round **

Tues., February 16, 2016
Gloves and Shovels Garden Club
10 AM
** This event is held on the third Tuesday of every month **

Sat., February 27, 2016
Granite Bay Rotary Foundation Annual Crab Feed
5:30 PM

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