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Placer supes to resume discussions on 150-unit Penryn apartment project

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - Debate over a 150-unit apartment project in Penryn will resume Dec. 11 at the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The Dec. 11 meeting will be the third before the board in the last two months on an appeal of the Orchards at Penryn’s environmental impacts by the town of Loomis and a group of nearby residents calling themselves Stop 150 Penryn Apartments.

The board is being asked to grant an appeal that objects to the size of the project, the impact on neighboring properties and traffic ramifications on Taylor Road.

Supervisors discussed the project at their Nov. 6 meeting after a lengthy public hearing that stretched over two sessions. But, with three supervisors expressing reservations about different aspects of the project, any decision was delayed for staff to report on concerns.

Supervisors Robert Weygandt and Jim Holmes, along with Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery, asked for more information on issues such as buffering of the site, downsizing the number of units and visual compatibility.

Supervisors Kirk Uhler and Jack Duran agreed to continue the matter to another meeting but both said they felt the project met county zoning and community-plan standards.

The 15-acre project site sits near Interstate 80 off Penryn Road. The Nov. 6 hearing followed another on Oct. 12 before the board.

A timed item, the Orchards at Penryn appeal is to be heard at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn.