Re: Rancho Murieta Development --The good and the bad:
First the bad news:
On December 12, 2007 four supervisors: Macglashan, Peters, Dickinson and Yee chose to certify an EIR, and approve projects for Rancho Murieta, despite an onslaught of CEQA red flags from citizens, environmental groups, federal and state regulators, including the former Attorney General, Bill Lockyer.
And now, for the good news:
1. The county does Not have the final say regarding development approvals. The federal government does. Fortunately for Murieta, the US Army Corps of Engineers recently turned down the developers request for a Nationwide permit. In the midst of overwhelming correspondence from citizens, environmental groups and higher government officials, the corps is now undertaking NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) review of Ranch Murieta. Please note: Developers cannot build anything without Corps permits, and, for now, the Corps has chosen further study.
2 Developers cannot construct anything without a Transportation Management Plan.. Oddly enough, according to the county’s own requirement, this plan is 15 years overdue. However, the county has, only now, decided to comply. The Transportation Management plan will take some time to complete and will need its own Environmental Impact Report. No building can move forward until it’s complete.
3. The developers cannot construct a single house, (can’t even pull a building permit) until a new drinking water plant is up and running (not just started) . That project will take approximately 18 months to 2 years to complete, after funding..
4 The door to legal challenge is wide open for both citizens, as well as environmental groups who’ve taken great interest in our community’s sensitive habitat.
5 But most important of all, after years of battle, (going all the way back to our petition) the citizens, environmental groups, Supervisor Nottoli, and even Bill Lockyer, will finally see the beginnings of a master plan update. It’s important to note: for years, the county and developers fought hard against this update. This initial study provides the groundwork for a more extensive master plan update for Murieta, ensuring proper development of our community. This is a huge environmental victory.
Separate from these issues, but still important to mention: As most are aware, but could not be predicted, the real estate market has been tossed back and forth in a volatile sea of problems. Many developers are halting approved projects across the nation, especially in the greater Sacramento area. In fact, one Murieta developer told me recently, due to the falling market, his company is not only leaving our community, but all of Sacramento--- indefinitely.
In the meantime, thank you, again, to citizens, environmental groups, and state and federal regulators for their support of Rancho Murieta. Most of all, thank you to Supervisor Nottoli for his integrity, as he continues to place justice and the CEQA process ahead of special interest.
If you have questions about development, feel free to reach me at
PatCan85@aol.com, or by dialing 0832. Please leave a message; I screen my calls. Thank you.