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Loomis lawsuit clouds Clover Valley agreement

Native oak loss not addressed, says Clover Valley spokeswoman
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The city of Rocklin, the United Auburn Indian Community and Clover Valley Partners announced that the UAIC has contracted to purchase 154 lots of the valley floor area of Clover Valley. An open space conservation easement will be placed over 142 of the purchased lots and a long-term open space management contract has been negotiated with the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, officials said in a press release. The conservation easement will increase open space in the Clover Valley development and provide further protection from development to Native American sacred sites in the valley, officials said. The purchase agreement and conservation easement cannot be recorded, however, until resolution of a pending lawsuit filed by the Clover Valley Foundation and the town of Loomis, according to a press release. “This is one small step in the right direction,” said Marilyn Jasper of the Clover Valley Foundation. “The groups that I work with feel that it validates what we have been saying for 10 years.” Jasper said, however, that the agreement still does not address issues such as the loss of native oak trees and a two-lane road that will bring extra traffic to the area. “There is a long way yet to go,” Jasper said. Clover Valley Partners announced it plans to submit a revised project to the city reducing development from the approved 558 homes down to 404 homes, increasing open space to 406 acres of the 622-acre site, and eliminating the majority of traffic from the Clover Valley floor. “The Conservation Easement will ensure that the sites protected by the approved project, and deemed sacred by the United Auburn Indian Community, will be retained forever in their scenic natural valley setting,” said Jessica Tavares, chairwoman of the United Auburn Indian Community, in a press release. “In addition, our tribe will also construct a cultural center where people of all ages will be able to gain a greater understanding of the rich cultural history of the area.” The purchase agreement and open space conservation easement is an outgrowth of the Measure H campaign in February in which voters approved a community plan to: • Protect Clover Valley against sprawl while protecting private property rights • Guarantee that 60 percent of Clover Valley will be preserved as permanent open space without new taxes or higher fees –more than a 500-percent increase over earlier proposals • Construct a new two-lane road connecting Park Drive and Sierra College Boulevard – reducing traffic congestion throughout the city and improving emergency response time • Create more than two miles of hiking and biking trails in Clover Valley with full public access • Provide a site for the fourth Rocklin fire station