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Placer Ranch Specific Plan
PLEASE NOTE: as of September 22, 2015 the Placer Ranch Application has been Withdrawn
STATEMENT FROM WESTPARK COMMUNITIES
Westpark Communities said today that it will be withdrawing its development application for the 2,200-acre Placer Ranch.
"Our primary financial partners have revised their investment strategies and made the difficult decision to discontinue their involvement in the Placer Ranch project. As a result, we will be transferring the property back to the prior owner. We are very hopeful that Placer Ranch and the planned Sacramento State campus within it will continue to move forward and build on the momentum that has been created over the last two years. We look forward to providing our help whenever possible to bring this important development to our community.
"We want to thank the City of Roseville and Placer County for their efforts to advance this development. We appreciate the city and county leaders who embraced a unique, cooperative process for this important project. We would also like to thank Sacramento State and Sierra College for their support. Both institutions created new partnerships and approaches to enhance educational opportunities in our community. We regret that Westpark is no longer in a position to pursue this exciting project."
Comment from Holly Tiche, President, Placer Ranch Inc.
"While we are disappointed, Mr. Broad remains a huge supporter of public education and we will be discussing this with Sacramento State and Sierra College and determining our options to move forward."
On July 16, 2014 the Roseville City Council re-initiated the Placer Ranch Specific Plan (PRSP) process. The Specific Plan was originally accepted for processing in 2007 but was put on hold in 2008 by the prior property owner. Westpark MPC 5, LLC (Westpark Communities) submitted an application on August 12, 2014 to process a General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan Amendment, Rezone and Sphere of Influence Amendment, Annexation and Development Agreement for the 2,213 acre property. The proposed land use plan could include approximately 5,400 residential units in a mix of low, medium and high densities. The land use plan also includes approximately 9 million square feet of non-residential uses, including commercial, office and industrial uses, elementary and middle school sites, parks and open space.
The project has always included a 300-acre site to serve as a satellite campus of California State University, Sacramento. Similar in size to the existing Sac State campus, the campus would be built over time and could one day accommodate up to 25,000 students and 4,000 to 5,000 faculty and staff. Recently, Sac State and Sierra College announced a collaborative effort to co-locate a Sierra College transfer center that will concentrate on the academic needs of students intending to transfer to Sac State providing a seamless educational experience on the campus. The Sierra College transfer center will be accommodated within the 300-acre Sac State campus and will have up to 5,000 students, bringing the students total on the site to 30,000.
Because of the project’s regional significance, Westpark requested that staffs from both the City and Placer County engage in a collaboration process. Starting in December 2013, the collaboration process aimed to achieve high-level consensus and issue identification for the planning area. The collaboration process identified:
- Planning adjacency issues,
- Infrastructure constraints,
- Fiscal impacts to the respective agencies,
- Connectivity to the abutting Sunset Industrial Area and the City of Roseville,
- Management and operation polices at the land fill authority.
As currently proposed, the project includes 2,213-acres located in unincorporated Placer County, immediately west and south of Placer County’s Sunset Industrial Area, south of the Western Regional Sanitary Landfill (WRSL), and north of the existing City limits, and east of the Amoruso Ranch Specific Plan that is also being processed by the City.
The proposed land use plan includes the following features:
- Three hundred (300) acre site donated to the California State University system, which will begin initially as a satellite campus of CSU Sacramento. The site is of similar size to the existing Sac State campus and could ultimately accommodate up to 25,000 students.
- A Sierra College transfer center, focusing on the academic needs of students planning to transfer to a CSU campus. This center is intended to serve up to 5,000 students.
- A three mile segment of Placer Parkway, an expressway ultimately connecting US Hwy 99 (at Sankey Road) and CA Hwy 65 (at Whitney Ranch Parkway).
- Buffering land uses adjacent to the Western Regional Sanitary Landfill located north of the property at Fiddyment and Athens Roads.
- Employment uses to the east adjacent to unincorporated Placer County’s Sunset Industrial Area, including office, R&D and manufacturing uses.
- University Center or Town Center situated between the Sac State campus and the employment center, providing a mix of uses including retail, office and residential.
- Residential uses to the western portion of the property (approximately 5,400 units – low, medium and high density), a portion of which may include an age restricted neighborhood.
- Regional commercial at future interchange of Fiddyment Road and Placer Parkway.
- Roadway connections to existing facilities including Sunset Boulevard, Foothills Boulevard, Fiddyment Road, and Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard.
- One elementary school and one middle school.
- Park facilities together with open space and conservation areas.
The typical specific plan process usually takes 18 to 24 months. Community Workshops, Commission and Council meetings and availability of Environmental and Specific Plan documents will be posted as information becomes available.
Questions regarding the Placer Ranch Specific Plan may be directed to the Planning Division at (916) 774-5276 or via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org