Planning panel to hear North Auburn 858-unit residential-commercial project proposal

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Western Care Construction Company will be asking for several development approvals Thursday from the Placer County Planning Commission for its proposed 858-unit continuing-care community and office-commercial project on 119 acres in North Auburn. The project is planned for a site at the Bell Road-Richardson Drive intersection, about a half-mile west of Highway 49. The Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the Rocklin company’s requests at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Planning Commission Chambers, 3091 County Center Drive, in North Auburn. A Planning Department staff report states the continuing-care community would consist of nine two- and three-story independent-living buildings, 72 duplexes, 68 detached villas, two other independent-living buildings, four retirement “common buildings” that total 780 living units. The commercial-retail portion of the project would include three multi-story buildings with 33,500 square-feet of commercial retail, five multi-story medical and professional buildings totaling 90,000 square feet and up to 140,000 square feet of professional office space. A total of 78 residential lofts would occupy the second and third stories of the retail buildings and one of the medical office buildings. Two other 22,500-square-foot office buildings are also planned. Western Care is proposing as part of the project to construct a trail and wetlands on undeveloped Auburn Recreation District lands to the northeast. The 24 acres are considered in the submission as part of the 119-acre project site. – Journal Staff Report