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Placer supes will finally voice views Tuesday on Orchards at Penryn wrangle

Hearing on 150-unit apartment development is continued from lengthy Oct. 11 meeting
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Media Life columnist
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AUBURN CA - Red-shirted opponents and symbolic red “stop” signs should be out in full force again Tuesday as a San Diego developer’s 150-unit apartment plans for a vacant Penryn parcel near Interstate 80 get aired before the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

The board will continue a public hearing started Oct. 11 on the Orchards at Penryn appeal by the city of Loomis and Stop 150 Penryn Apartments group. The hearing was started but then bifurcated after it  bumped up against a Placer County Air Pollution Control District meeting in the same room.

Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery told attendees in October that a decision from the board would be forthcoming at Tuesday’s continued hearing.  It’s slated to start at 1 p.m. in the county’s Administrative Center at 175 Fulweiler Avenue in Auburn.

Absent from the Oct. 11 meeting, Supervisor Robert Weygandt is expected to attend Tuesday’s hearing – allowing the appeal to be considered and voted on  by all five supervisors.

Much of the Oct. 11 meeting was taken up by a county staff presentation supporting the Planning Commission’s June decision to approve the project. The town of Loomis and a group of local residents calling itself Stop 150 Penryn Apartments subsequently appealed the project.

At the hearing in October, Stop 150 Penryn “Apartments attorney Keith Wagner criticized the development’s approvals as flawed because of community plan language shows the 15-acre site allows a maximum of 60 units.

Orchards attorney Marcus Do Luca described those contentions as misplaced on a property with zoning he said could allow up to 212 apartment units.

The Board of Supervisors meeting starts at 9 a.m., with the special hearing expected to extend well into the afternoon as several dozen speakers from the Penryn area line up to express their views on the project and the appeal.