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RAID puts Placer County on document search

By: Gus Thomson Journal Staff Writer
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Bowman-based Residents Against Inconsistent Development are on a document search connected to the recent transfer of land to Placer County that was once targeted for affordable housing. Dale Smith of Alfa Omega Associates has filed a public records act request for pertinent documents the county has on the September transfer and a previous lawsuit over Silver Bend settled with RAID. County Counsel Anthony La Bouff said the county is working to fill the group’s request within the mandated 10-day period and there may be ways to extend that time frame because of the size of the request. The initial request is dated April 22. Smith said the nonprofit group he’s making the request for is attempting to follow totally “a very complex set of transactions over a long period of time.” The 6.2-acre Silver Bend property on Silver Bend Way at the Foresthill exit was approved in 2002 by the Board of Supervisors for affordable-housing apartments but the developer recently settled out of court after a lengthy legal battle with RAID. The organization had opposed the location but contended it wasn’t against the idea of affordable housing. Auburn Housing Development Corp. agreed to build a seniors condominium development, with no more than 15 percent of the units earmarked for low-income renters. The county picked up the land last September in return for terminating a $230,000 outstanding loan. The county also agreed to pay $410,000 the corporation was in default to previous owner, the Auburn Elks Lodge. The property was appraised at $1.3 million.