Wednesday Mar 11 2009
Supervisors reject plan to build homes in Roseville-area flood plain
By: Gus Thomson
Plans to fill in part of the Dry Creek flood plain in western Placer County to expand a 900-plus-unit housing development were turned down Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors by a vote of 4 to 1 with Supervisor Kirk Uhler opposing the plan. The Riolo Vineyard proposal off Baseline Road near Roseville called for eight to 12 houses to be built on fill material that would be set a minimum of two to three feet above the 100-year floodplain water surface. Citing his concern about veering from the county’s current policy, Holmes said he was “very uncomfortable” with placing 12 units in the current area mapped as flood plain. Weygandt said that he weighed the public benefit of the encroachment against what could become a “cumulative encroachment” over many years in other locations if precedent was set on the Riolo Vineyard proposal. Supervisor Kirk Uhler indicated that proposed county roads through the development spreading onto the flood plain could be construed as little-different from the 12 housing pads being considered. Supervisor Rocky Rockholm, who represents the Roseville area, said he came prepared to support approval of the lots because they would be out of the flood plain after the fill-in took place. Montgomery also cited the potential to establish a precedent by approving the lots as the chief reason for her opposition. Supervisors took no action on the Riolo Vineyard specific plan, which takes in about 500 acres. Instead, they’ll consider the plan again in May, after it has been revised to reflect the county policy not to build in a flood plain.