Auburn’s position in county government about to head east

By: Journal Staff Report
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Auburn’s redistricting shift into the sprawling eastern Placer County district represented by Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery is expected to be approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Supervisors are holding the second and final public hearing on a redistricting map that will provide supervisorial and Placer County Water Agency district boundaries for the next decade. Public comments on the proposed final map will be received at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled board meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. The move would put the city of Auburn in District 5, represented by Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. It’s currently part of District 3, represented by Supervisor Jim Holmes. A North Auburn resident and Placer High grad, Holmes said Monday that while he’ll miss representing Auburn, the switch for the city into District 5 was due to happen because of the amount of growth in the Rocklin, Roseville and Lincoln areas. “It was inevitable, with all the growth,” Holmes said. “More than 100,000 people have moved into Placer County in the last decade and 77,000 were in districts 1 and 2 (Roseville and Lincoln areas).” Holmes will represent the unincorporated, more rural areas outside of Auburn as well Newcastle, Loomis and Rocklin. Growth is expected to be heavier in South and West Placer County, he said. “Auburn was expected to go into District 5 to help make the population of the districts more equal,” Holmes said. “If it wasn’t done this time, it was going to happen next time around.” Holmes added he didn’t expect any more changes in redistricting taking place, with the board generally in agreement on proposed boundary lines. A statement from the county’s community outreach division said creating new districts with roughly equal populations is complicated in Placer County because it is long and narrow with few residents at the east end and its largest cities at the opposite end. The meeting takes place at the County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave., in Auburn.