Development has come to screeching halt

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One thing becomes clear if you own a map that’s just 15 years old — it’s obsolete in western Placer County. One development plan after another has blossomed in Roseville. Lincoln’s population has increased threefold and Rocklin has colonized the foothills. And massive projects are approved such as West Roseville Specific Plan (WRSP) with 12,000 people, Placer Vineyards (33,000), Lincoln’s General Plan expansion (65,000), and other ones adding up to 64,000. Grand total: 174,000 more build-out — already planned or approved! Yet these projects have come to a screeching halt or not moved forward. Roseville’s WRSP looks like a ghost town. Bickford Ranch is a flattened mountaintop, barren of its former oak trees with nothing but dirt. Elsewhere, weeds grow through building pads. Yet in these times of housing overkill, Placer County wants to go forward with the nearly 1,200-acre Regional University Project northwest of Roseville. This one includes 3,200 houses for 8,000 residents independent of university housing. Don’t the Placer County Supervisors get it? Why destroy precious farmland and open space for another massive project before major ones are completed or even started? Add up these numbers and this idea just doesn’t make sense. Sean Booth Auburn