North Auburn Target expansion back on track – but smaller

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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North Auburn’s Target store has scaled back expansion plans and is now going forward with a proposal for an 8,872-square-foot addition. Target had initially wanted to expand its store at Bell Road and Highway 49 by 42,556 square feet. But it reduced its proposal because it would involve a more extensive environmental review process to deal with wetlands issues on the site, Placer County Associate Planner Gerry Haas said. If a conditional use permit modification gains approval from the Placer County Planning Commission, the expansion would result in a 113,452 square-foot structure. When Target was initially approved in 2000, the Minnesota-based parent corporation agreed to retain a streambed on land at the site fronting Highway 49. Haas said the new expansion plans will not disturb any of those areas or create the need for more parking spaces. “The site is overparked now,” he said. “It will still be if the expansion is approved.” The planning commission is tentatively scheduled to hear the expansion application Dec. 8. It would not go to the Board of Supervisors unless it is appealed. Haas is scheduled to present a report on the expansion plan to the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council on Tuesday. The council has the option of making a recommendation to the planning panel. Haas said the purpose of the expansion is to provide space for more grocery sales. Part of the plan will be to convert the existing 7,931 square-foot garden center into additional stockroom and store display area. The North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Planning Commission Chambers, 3091 County Center Drive in North Auburn.