Tuesday Aug 19 2008
Put Forest Ranch in community plan: Foresthill Forum
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Recommendation goes to Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors
FORESTHILL – Foresthill’s community advisory panel gave the Forest Ranch plan for 2,213 homes a vote of support Monday. The Foresthill Forum municipal advisory committee made its recommendation to include the ranch proposal in the larger Foresthill Divide Community Plan after nearly eight hours of sifting through details and hearing testimony on the long-awaited revision of the 26-year-old development blueprint. The group’s recommendation to include the Forest Ranch plan proposed by its developers over the current zoning allowing 553 residential units will now go to the Placer County Planning Commission. The commission is slated to take the community plan and Forest Ranch issue up Aug. 28. After that, it will go to the county Board of Supervisors. Chairman Larry Jordan said that he had initially anticipated committee members would vote in favor of a third option – to recommend placing the proposed Forest Ranch development in a future study area. That designation would have acknowledged the potential for 2,213 homes but left discussions on the Forest Ranch site open as a continuing issue. Committee members initially voted 4-2 to defeat a motion calling for retention of the plan for 553 residential units approved in the early 1990s. Committee members favoring retention of the lower number – Roy West and Gail McCafferty – were outvoted by Keith Drone, Cynthia Wardleigh, Mike Whittle and Marty Vroege. All seven forum members were selected by Supervisor Bruce Kranz. On a subsequent vote to recommend including the 2,213 unit proposal in the community plan, committee members again voted 4-2 along the same voting lines to move it forward. Jordan said that he didn’t vote as chairman but added that he was pleasantly surprised members took “definitive action.” ”I’m proud of the time and effort people put into this as well as the assistance from the planning department,” Jordan said. McCafferty said the initial plan to build about 550 units and golf course in Foresthill was enough for her. She cited several reasons she didn’t favor what is being described as a retirement community, including fire safety issues and snow in the community that would make it harder for seniors to live there. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.