Rocklin addresses Granite Bluff issuesBy: Brody Fernandez, Lead Reporter for South Placer
The Granite Bluff development in Rocklin is currently under construction with more than 200 single-family homes being built.
It’s located across the street from Sierra College, adjacent to Aguilar Road and runs along Nesting Place and Wildflower Lane.
Recently Gold Country Media reported on several documented cases of property damage and issues that the construction has caused for residents along Nesting Place and Wildflower Lane.
On Aug. 17, Gold Country Media reported that the developer denied access to tribal representatives sent to survey damage to Indian artifacts that were excavated (front page, “Granite Bluff developer denies tribal representatives access in Rocklin”).
CIty of Rocklin spokesman Michael Young sent a statement Aug. 23 to The Placer Herald that said in part: “The City of Rocklin understands the disruption to daily life a construction project may have on nearby residents and is closely monitoring the project for compliance with conditions of approval, which are all currently being met by the developer. Additionally, the developer is working with neighbors to rectify issues that have arisen inadvertently from construction.
The City of Rocklin is also monitoring construction for strict compliance with mitigation measures related to cultural resources.
The project’s environmental document requires having an on-site professional archaeologist during vegetation clearing efforts and for the implementation of several preservation measures in the event of a discovery.
The measures include stopping work, documenting any cultural resources that may have been discovered, and notifying the Native American Heritage Commission in the event of a discovery. The location of cultural resources is considered confidential information and this responsibility is an obligation the City takes very seriously.”