More concerned residents speak out against Granite Bluff development in RocklinBy: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
The Granite Bluff development in Rocklin is currently under construction as more than 200 single-family homes are being built.
The development is located off Aguilar Road and continues adjacent to Nesting Place across the street from Sierra College.
According to longtime Rocklin resident Sabrina Alves, the development will come at a price.
“From the start, collectively as neighbors, we attended city meetings regarding the project,” Alves said. “We were asked at the meetings to save time to have a spokesperson represent our concerns (Mike Paravagna).”
Their concerns were not heard, according to Alves.
“Our concerns were not addressed regarding the homes that back directly up to the project,” Alves said. “The project has started and there has been no communication how we will be negatively affected by the homes directly behind us.”
According to Alves, the city failed to communicate the process of construction.
“The city indicated that the notice was sent out and we (the residents on Nesting Place) did not receive any notice,” she said.
The approved plans in place are different than the ones previously shown to residents, according to Alves.
“We also have serious concerns regarding traffic and the number of homes going in. The current traffic as it stands on Rocklin Road is very busy because of the college and car accidents are nearly a regular occurrence during the fall,” Alves said. “So the number of homes going in was definitely a concern. It was stated at one of the meetings that the proper traffic studies had been done.”
Alves questioned the entire process of reaching out to her respective local representatives.
“It does not appear that all due diligence was considered when this project was approved to compliment a growing community,” Alves said. “Why bother going to these meetings as residents if our voice does not matter? Why should we bother to be proud of our community for that matter?”
When the project was brought back to council last fall, according to Paravagna, the developer’s request for a time extension should have been “the first” warning sign.
“Government has an obligation to consider a time extension and its impact on the community as a whole,” Paravagna said. “This includes the quality of life in Rocklin, the impact on property values and the future of the community as a whole.”
Rocklin resident Julie English also is concerned.
“I know that these are going to be high-density housing,” English said, “but these houses are going to be five feet away from my fence. These houses will also be higher than ours, so now these homes (along Nesting Place) will be looking right down into ours. When we went to council to express our concerns last fall when they were discussing the time extensions, I felt they had already made their decision. It was kind of a joke.”
Rocklin Vice-Mayor Joe Patterson responded to Gold Country Media when asked about the residents’ concerns.
“They are being heard,” Patterson said. “Mayor Ken Broadway and I voted no. We listened to their concerns.”
Patterson, who voted no for the time extensions, also emphasized his concern for the residents, “There was an issue with an oak being removed that shouldn’t have,” Patterson said. “We are currently requiring the developer to resolve that situation.”
Patterson summed up his sentiment by where the vote fell.
“At the end of the day, the developer was granted entitlements by a majority of the council (3-2 vote) and they are permitted to move forward. I always encourage everyone to attend the meetings during approval or write letters in advance,” Patterson said. “Once it’s approved, the developer has been granted a property right, even if it is one I disagree with.”