Town to revert Heritage Park subdivision to acreage

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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The Town of Loomis has initiated a reversion to acreage procedure for the Heritage Park Subdivision and will hold a public hearing on the issue at their Aug. 12 meeting. Perry Beck, Loomis town manager, had presented the option to the town council at their July 8 meeting. According to a memo from Beck to the council, the subdivision is currently in foreclosure proceedings and the reversion procedure would eliminate the previously approved subdivision map. “It would remove the map, just as if nothing had ever been planned there,” Beck said. He also explained that any future owner of the property would have to submit a new map if they chose to develop it. “The community may benefit from new ideas on how the property could be used, such as senior housing,” Beck said in a later interview. “It will give the community a new look at what should be there.” Beck’s memo further stated, “Heritage Park Subdivision has a history of problems dating back to the 1990’s … for some time there has been no money in bonds or other form to do the public works and no lots have been sold or could be sold for that matter until the public works were installed.” Beck stated that a final map of the 40-home development was issued in March 2006 and that as of March 2008 no work had been done or money put up to guarantee the public works or pay for development fees. According to Beck, the property has had four different owners, the last being Gridiron Development, LLC. The property is currently held by Umpqua Bank. The motion to proceed with the reversion process was made by councilman Miguel Ucovich, seconded by councilman Walt Scherer and passed unanimously by the council. Heritage Park Estates phases 2 and 3 is located on approximately five acres at the end of South Walnut Street, behind town hall. It is zoned medium density residential requiring a minimum lot size of 5,000 square feet. A wetlands and a pond cover part of the property.