Draft report on Housing Element Sites Rezone program available for public comment through March 18

Published Feb. 5, 2024

A draft environmental report on the Placer County Housing Element Sites Rezone program is now available for public review and comment through March 18, including a public meeting Feb. 22 in Auburn.

The rezone program is part of the county’s 2021-2029 Housing Element, a comprehensive plan aimed at addressing and accommodating Placer County’s housing needs while ensuring equitable access to housing options. The county’s Housing Element requires completion of a rezone program by May 2024 to accommodate a shortfall of land identified for multifamily residential development. 

The draft EIR includes 72 properties dispersed throughout unincorporated Placer County; however, not all properties subject to environmental review will be included in the program. Please note the public meeting is separate from the Housing Element Sites Rezone project workshop hosted by the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 13, where staff will recommend a final list of participating properties for board approval.

The sites include locations in North Auburn, Dry Creek, Bowman, Penryn, Granite Bay, and Sheridan, as well as south of Truckee within the Lake Tahoe region.

The draft EIR will be available at the following locations:

  • Public libraries: Colfax Library, Foresthill Library, Granite Bay Library, Kings Beach Library, Rocklin Library, 
    Roseville Library, Tahoe City Library, Lincoln Library, Loomis Library, Truckee public libraries

  • Placer County Community Development Resource Agency in Auburn

  • Placer County Development Resource Agency in North Lake Tahoe

  • Placer County Clerk-Recorder’s office in Auburn

  • Online at http://www.placer.ca.gov/9455/Housing-Elements-Sites-Rezone

The draft EIR identifies potentially significant impacts with respect to air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, biological resources, cultural resources, noise, transportation, and tribal cultural resources. Most potentially significant adverse impacts are considered mitigable to less-than-significant levels.

A public meeting on the draft EIR will be held during the Feb. 22 Planning Commission meeting. The Planning Commission meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at the Planning Commission Chambers, 3091 County Center Drive in Auburn. The final commission agenda will be posted at https://www.placer.ca.gov/9537/_2024 up to one week prior to the meeting.

The Feb. 22 public meeting will be in person and online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be included in the final agenda at the link above. 

Comments on the draft EIR can be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 18 via email to cdraecs@placer.ca.gov, via fax at 530-745-3080. Comments may also be mailed to:

Placer County Community Development Resource Agency
Environmental Coordination Services
3091 County Center Drive, Ste 190
Auburn, CA 95603