Development to destroy rural community

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As people of the unincorporated areas of the county, areas such as Penryn, Newcastle and Ophir, it has long been known that we reside under the whims and influences of the (Placer) County Board of Supervisors. The latest of these impacts is the development of a high-density apartment complex right on the heart of Taylor Road between Del Oro High School and Penryn Road. This proposed project, dubbed the Penryn Orchard, is in the process of being approved for 150 apartments and 375 vehicle parking spaces on approximately 15 acres of land, right in the very hub of Penryn. Simply put, an out-of-town development company wants to destroy our historic oak trees, natural habitats and rural community vision so that they can make profits at our expense. As a soon-to-be next-door neighbor of this abhorrent project, my vexation extends not only to the increase in crime, traffic, noise and air pollution that will undeniably follow, but to the ridiculous inconsistencies with the planning department concerning this venture. Possibly the most worrisome and hazardous of these planning inconsistencies is the location of the proposed exit road for the project. Chosen at a blind corner on the madly busy Taylor Road, the planning department allowed the complex to place their exit for over 375 cars at a blind spot in the road; yet, they deemed that this exact location was too dangerous for the driveway of my own single family home due to the discussed blind corner. Another troubling inconsistency concerns chopping down the trees. Upon building my own home, regulations were that I could only cut down trees less than six inches in diameter, thereby preserving the older oak trees. For this project however, this minimum diameter has been extended to anything less than 24 inches, allowing them to get rid of over 7.5 acres of trees, and only having to preserve two trees, which as luck would have it stand at the very edges of the property. This proposed project has many more inconsistencies, and is bound to be nothing more than a plague on our rural community. If we wish to preserve our rural vision, then we must do everything in our power to save it from this high-density housing. Stop the Penryn Orchard and Save Penryn from unwanted development. Gabby Uppal, Loomis