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Chairman Fouyer called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

The pledge of allegiance was lead by Barbara Bashall.

Commissioner Bateman absent -
Commissioner Harrison present x
Commissioner Ingram present x
Commissioner Swartzendruber present x
Chairman Fouyer present x

Members present were Chairman Jason Fouyer; Commissioners Kateri Harrison, Patti Ingram and Daniel Swartzendruber. Staff present included Community Development Director Joe Heckel, Planning Director Tom Last and Administrative Clerk Sue Colbert.

4.0 COMMENT - There is a time limitation of five minutes per person.

Chairman Fouyer opened and closed the public comment at 7:04 p.m.

Commissioner Harrison noted that the September 2009 version of the Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan had been amended February 16, 2010.

5.1 Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Discussion and public comment on the adequacy of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan. The City has received applications from Loma Rica Ranch, LLC proposing to annex and develop the Loma Rica Ranch Special Development Area (SDA). The Draft EIR evaluates the environmental impacts and issues of this project. The public review period for the Draft EIR for the Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan began on October 1 and extends to November 15, 2010. During this meeting, the Planning Commission will not be taking any action on the Draft EIR or the project, only accepting public comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR.

Chairman Fouyer asked for item 5.1 at 7:05 p.m.

Tom Last presented the Specific Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Loma Rica Ranch Specific Plan. No action is required by the Commission this evening. The adequacy of the Draft Environmental Report is open for public comment.

Kristie Wheeler, Achilles Malisos and Frederick Venter of RBF Consulting were available for questions relating to the Draft EIR.

Chairman Fouyer opened the public hearing at 7:07 p.m.

Laurie Oberholtzer of the Rural Quality Coalition noted her disappointment that the open space / regional park area with the old white board fence was not included in the project. She stated she would have liked to see a response to alternatives and hopes that this item would be addressed in the Final EIR. The RQC is pleased that the commercial area has been significantly reduced from the previous proposal. Ms. Oberholtzer questioned the amount of business park / industrial and commercial / retail square footage allowed; stating these items might need to be revised due to an oversight in the text which would ultimately affect the estimation of traffic impacts in the area.

Cindy Anderson, local resident since 1964. She requested the review period be extended due to the architectural and historical findings at McBoyle Lake relating to Native Americans. The Auburn Indian Community was not notified. Ms. Anderson would like to see the existing buildings preserved. She supports the recognition of ‘Noor’ in a quiet, historic area.

Terry Lamphier, Grass Valley citizen stated that economic areas are generally not addressed in a Draft EIR, though there are environmental impacts on air quality, fuel consumption and carbon footprint resulting from residents commuting out of the area for viable employment. Mr. Lamphier encouraged the consultants to connect economic information to environmental impacts.

David Hautimia, Grass Valley resident will submit written comments. He stated that the Draft EIR failed to describe the site as a paradise and the loss of an additional 97 acres of local farm land needs to be questioned. Air quality is already hindered in this area. The health of future generations as well as quality of life needs to be considered.

Chairman Fouyer closed the public hearing at 7:21 p.m.

Questions of Staff and Applicant; Discussion

Commissioner Harrison asked if there was an error in the text regarding the 300,000 square feet of commercial space noted by Laurie Oberholtzer. She asked if this area was included in the traffic analysis. Commissioner Harrison asked about the lack of notification of the Native American Tribal office noted by Cindy Anderson and whether or not the air quality section of the Draft EIR included the resolution to address ozone pollution in the City. If not, could the Final EIR address this resolution.

Tom Last thought the reference was to the previous Specific Plan and clarified that this special development area has 364,000 square feet of Business Park Industrial land which includes commercial uses in that area. Mr. Last noted these uses were part of the traffic analysis. In regards to the notification of the Auburn Native American Tribal office, Mr. Last stated the notification to the tribal offices bounced back from the postal service and would be resent to the forwarding addresses.

Chairman Fouyer asked for clarification for the separation of the economic from the fiscal impacts in the document; CEQA vs. City requirements.

Tom Last stated that the City requires all annexations and special development areas to submit fiscal and economic reports as part of the project submittal. CEQA does not require an economic analysis. If there are fiscal impacts that will directly impact the physical or social aspect of the project, then CEQA examines the cause and affect of the issue.

Kristie Wheeler offered additional reasoning for CEQA to correlate fiscal and economic analysis on a project.

Commissioner Fouyer offered appreciation to Kristie Wheeler and RBF Consultants for their work on the project and reminded the public to submit their comments by November 15th.

6.0 ADJOURNMENT: Adjourn to the regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

Motion by: Commissioner Swartzendruber
Second by: Commissioner Harrison
Vote: 4 – 0 for approval. Commissioner Bateman was absent.

Chairman Fouyer adjourned the meeting at 7:40 p.m. to the regular Planning Commission meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, Grass Valley, California.

Respectfully Submitted,

Sue Colbert
Administrative Clerk to the Planning Commission

Approved this ____________ Day of ________________, 2010

Daniel Swartzendruber, Vice-Chairman

Reviewed by _________________________________________
Joe Heckel, Community Development Director

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