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Storey calls for meeting

United Auburn Indian Community, Clover Valley Partners asked to review development agreement
By: ToLewis, The Placer Herald
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Rocklin Mayor Brett Storey announced plans this week to meet with Clover Valley Partners and leaders of the United Auburn Indian Community. The purpose of the meeting, Storey said, is to review the development agreement and to understand how to make sure what was agreed upon during the Measure H campaign between the developer and the tribe is realized. What we would like to do is make sure all of the elements of that agreement are included into the final plans when they go to get maps and all of the final details, Storey said. This is just the beginning of the process. Measure H was passed by a slim margin last week by voters and is the general plan amendment that allows for the construction of 558 homes in Clover Valley, an historic and undeveloped parcel of land located in the Northeast corner of Rocklin bordering Loomis. As part of the campaign to pass Measure H, the United Auburn Indian Community presented a letter of intent to developer Clover Valley Partners in which it agreed to purchase 154 lots, or 65 acres, of the valley floor to be retained as open space and for preservation of Native American historical cultural sites. In addition to the purchase of the lots, the tribe also indicated it intends to construct a bike path along the valley floor as well as a Native American interpretive center. We will be working with the land owners as the project moves forward, said tribe spokesperson Doug Elmets. Opponents of the development have expressed concern about the agreement between the tribe and the developer. We need to be guaranteed that the 65 acres will remain as open space, said Elaine O'Deegan, chairwoman of the Save Clover Valley Coalition, in an email to The Placer Herald. The reason is that many voters in Rocklin based their vote on the idea the tribe would buy 154 lots and the valley floor and keep it as open space. Storey said the city has seen the proposal but we would like to make sure that the legal documentation is all proper. We've asked our attorney to take a look at that, Storey said. Whether we have to just approve it or it becomes an automatic piece of the deal we want to make sure that it happens properly and legally. As part of the letter of intent, which Elmets said is legally binding, the tribe agreed to purchase the valley floor and assert a conservation easement, which would prevent development. The tribe would then transfer ownership of the lots to the city of Rocklin to be retained as open space, Elmets said. We need to be guaranteed that the 65 acres will remain as open space, said Elaine O'Deegan, chairwoman of the Save Clover Valley Coalition, in an email to The Placer Herald. The reason is that many voters in Rocklin based their vote on the idea the tribe would buy 154 lots and the valley floor and keep it as open space. Storey said the city has seen the proposal but we would like to make sure that the legal documentation is all proper. We've asked our attorney to take a look at that, Storey said. Whether we have to just approve it or it becomes an automatic piece of the deal we want to make sure that it happens properly and legally. As part of the letter of intent, which Elmets said is legally binding, the tribe agreed to purchase the valley floor and assert a conservation easement, which would prevent development. The tribe would then transfer ownership of the lots to the city of Rocklin to be retained as open space, Elmets said.