Homewood Lumber still cutting through red tape of relocation

Lumber yard has two hurdles to clear before grading can start
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Homewood Lumber owners have to jump a few more hurdles before they can begin grading at their new location. “We are fighting a very difficult economy. We need to get this project going,” Adam Noorani, son of Homewood principal Hamid Noorani, told the Loomis town council at their Sep. 8 meeting. Homewood’s 8.84-acre property sits at the corner of Sierra College Boulevard and Brace Road. Homewood is currently located on Rippey Road, on land leased from Doupnik Manufacturing. “We have two hurdles to overcome. Our contractors are ready to start grading. Financing is available. We want to be in a position to build after the rainy season,” said Hamid Noorani in a phone interview. According to Perry Beck, Loomis town manager, the hurdles to overcome in order to begin grading include the Loomis planning commission’s approval of a tree protection/tree mitigation plan and a one-year extension of Homewood’s Conditional Use Permit. Then, on Sep. 25, the town council must approve Homewood’s Wetland Mitigation and Monitoring Plan submitted by Restoration Resources. That plan was initially submitted for approval at the council’s Sep. 8 meeting, but errors in the report created by Restoration Resources caused the council to continue the item. Noorani said he received approval from the Army Corps of Engineers for the wetland mitigation just this week, on Monday, Sep. 14. The road to Homewood’s relocation approvals has been a long one, with many obstacles to overcome. Those obstacles included concern and outcry from residents near the proposed new location, and mitigations for wetlands, flood plain and tree loss. Months were also spent trying to hammer out a development agreement between the town and Homewood, but legal objections from the City of Rocklin caused the agreement to be scrapped. According to a town staff report, Homewood owners have agreed to “improve and dedicate the approximately 3.6 acre floodway area” to the town or a nonprofit agency. The details of the agreement were laid out in the report submitted by Restoration Resources. HOMEWOOD LUMBER NEW SITE TIMELINE August-December 2008: Homewood development agreement with town attempted, plan scrapped July 2007: Council votes not to hear appeal of Homewood approval June 2007: Homewood approval appealed to town council May 2007: Planning commission approves Homewood project February 2007: Homewood relocation goes before planning commission