Wednesday Jan 27 2010
Hidden Falls expansion plans, pot shop ban on Placer County Planning Commission plate
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Park plans and a ban on pot shops will be on the agenda at today’s Placer County Planning Commission meeting. The commission is slated to consider environmental clearances and a conditional use permit that would add 979 acres to the existing 221-acre Hidden Falls Regional Park, between Auburn and Lincoln. Judy Owen, who lives adjacent to the park, said area resident concerns include the possibility of hunting on the land and potential fire dangers. Plans are to build a new access point and parking area off Garden Bar Road, expand the existing parking lot and construct a multi-use trail system on the new section of land. The commission is scheduled to start consideration of the permit and environmental impact report at 11 a.m. At 1 a.m., county Planning Division staff will be asking for a recommendation to the board of supervisors for approval of a zoning text amendment banning medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives or dispensaries in the county. The proposal would also clarify that production and composting of cannabis is not included in the definition of crop production and agricultural processing in the county code. The hearings will take place at the Planning Commission Chambers, 3091 County Center Drive, located at the corner of Bell Road and Richardson Drive in North Auburn.