Rockin, Loomis lawsuit stalling conservation plan

United Indian Community makes deal with Clover Valley developer
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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A new agreement between the City of Rocklin, the United Auburn Indian Community and Clover Valley Partners is “irrelevant” to the Loomis lawsuit against Rocklin and the development, said Loomis Town Manager Perry Beck. According to the City of Rocklin Web site, the Auburn Indian community has contracted to purchase 154 valley floor lots and has negotiated with the Wildlife Heritage Foundation to place 142 of the lots in an open space conservation easement. “Their deal with the land does not address our issues with Sierra College Boulevard traffic. It is irrelevant to our situation,” Beck said. The town may consider it irrelevant, but Rocklin, the United Auburn Indian Community and the Clover Valley developer stated in a joint press release that “the purchase agreement and conservation easement cannot be recorded until resolution of the existing litigation filed by the Clover Valley Foundation and the Town of Loomis.” The Clover Valley plan calls for the construction of a new, two-lane road connecting Park Drive in Rocklin with Sierra College Boulevard in Loomis that is expected to bring a large amount of traffic to the area. Clover Valley students will also attend Loomis schools and that traffic has not been addressed. The Town of Loomis filed a lawsuit in September 2007 against the City of Rocklin and Clover Valley developers citing traffic mitigation, Don Mooney, outside counsel for the Town of Loomis, said after the suit was filed. At that time, Beck stated the suit asked that all approvals and the environmental impact report be set aside and that a new, adequate report be considered. The suit also requested all attorney fees and costs to Loomis be reimbursed. Based on the lot purchase by the Auburn Indian community, Valley Partners announced it plans to reduce its development from 558 homes to 404 homes, increasing the open space to 406 acres of the 622-acre site. Officials said the open space will “provide further protection from development to Native American sacred sites in the valley.” “This is one small step in the right direction,” Marilyn Jasper of the Clover Valley Foundation, told the Placer Herald newspaper. “The groups that I work with feel that it validates what we have been saying for 10 years.” Jasper, who lives in Loomis, also said that the agreement still does not address issues such as the loss of native oak trees and the connecting road that will bring extra traffic to the area. “There is a long way yet to go,” she said. The United Auburn Indian Community stated in a press release, also on the City of Rocklin Web site, that they plan to construct a cultural center on the site “where people of all ages will be able to gain a greater understanding of the rich cultural history of the area.”