Sunset Area Plan & Placer Ranch Specific Plan
On December 18, 2018 Placer County released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Sunset Area Plan /Placer Ranch Specific Plan. The public review period for the DEIR will run from December 18, 2018 through February 22, 2019. The DEIR can be found at this link.
The Placer County Planning Commission will be conducting a meeting on February 14, 2019 to accept comments on the DEIR. The public meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.; however, the proposed project is not time certain. Please refer to the meeting agendas at this link up to 1 week prior to the meetings for updated information.
In addition to the DEIR, Placer County has also released Public Review Drafts of the Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan.
The Sunset Area Plan (SAP) is a County-initiated update to the County’s 1997 Sunset Industrial Area Plan. The SAP also incorporates the proposed Placer Ranch Specific Plan (PRSP).
The objective of the SAP update is to re-envision and re-brand the SAP to take advantage of opportunities to create a unique employment, entertainment, and education center that would provide regional benefit and create primary wage-earner jobs for residents of nearby cities and unincorporated areas. The overall vision for the SAP and PRSP includes the following features:
The Sunset Area encompasses 8,497 acres located in unincorporated south Placer County west of the Highway 65 corridor, situated between the Cities of Lincoln to the north, Rocklin to the east, and Roseville to the south. The proposed PRSP area constitutes 2,213 acres within the southern portion of the SAP area.
The proposed SAP is a Placer County-initiated update to its 1997 Sunset Industrial Area Plan. The PRSP is included as part of the proposed SAP. This effort would update the existing community plan, general plan, maps, and regulations. The Sunset Area, which includes the PRSP project site, encompasses 8,358 acres located in unincorporated south Placer County. The County has prepared a DEIR for the project to satisfy the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code [PRC] Section 21000 et seq.) and will serve as the lead agency for CEQA compliance. The DEIR analyzes the overall SAP at a program level, and provide a more detailed project-level analysis for the PRSP.
The SAP will bring forward new land use designations, including: General Commercial, Entertainment/Mixed Use; Business Park; Innovation Center; Eco-Industrial; Light Industrial; Public Facility; and Urban Reserve. The 2,213-acre Placer Ranch Specific Plan (PRSP) is a mixed-use community proposed in the Sunset Area consisting of 5,636 residential units (units have been modified and reduced since release of the January 2018 Preliminary Public Review Draft PRSP) including a university, an age-restricted community; an elementary school, middle school, neighborhood parks and open space; and commercial and mixed uses, and campus park (office, research and development, light industrial, and commercial). The proposed university and non-residential land uses of the project are intended as a catalyst for employment-generating development in Placer County’s overall Sunset Area.
The Sunset Area, which includes the PRSO project site, encompasses 8,497 acres located in unincorporated southern Placer County. Southern Placer County is characterized by a mix of urban, suburban, and rural land uses and is influenced by the Sacramento metropolitan area. The Sunset Area covers 13.9 square miles between the cities of Rocklin to the east, Roseville to the south, Lincoln to the north, and unincorporated Placer County to the west. The area to the west is primarily farmland. Major landforms in the area include the Sierra Nevada to the east and Folsom Lake to the southeast. The Sunset Area is located west of State Route 65 which connects to Interstate 80 in the south and State Route 99 to the north. The Sunset Area is approximately 16 miles from downtown Sacramento.
The proposed PRSP area includes 2,213 acres in the southern portion of the Sunset Area. The southern boundary of the PRSP area is contiguous with the existing Roseville City limits, and the northern boundary is defined, in part, by the existing alignment of West Sunset Boulevard west of Fiddyment Road.
Draft Environmental Impact Report
This effort consists of updates to the existing Sunset Industrial Area (SIA) plan, the Placer County General Plan, maps, and regulations. As part of this process, the County is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to analyze potential environmental impacts from the project. A Notice of Preparation (PDF) for the EIR was posted on November 14, 2016. Preparation of the EIR is currently underway.
Preliminary Public Review Draft
Prior to release of the Draft EIR, a Preliminary Public Review Draft Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan are available for a 30-day public review, and are available for download below.
- Sunset Area Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft - Part 1 (PDF)
- Sunset Area Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft - Part 2 (PDF)
- Sunset Area Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft - Part 3 (PDF)
- Sunset Area Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft - Part 4 (PDF)
- Placer Ranch Specific Plan Preliminary Public Review Draft (PDF)
Sunset Area Plan Appendices, including the Corridor Design Standards and Guidelines, the Capital Improvement Plan, and the Infrastructure Finance Strategy, will be uploaded with the next Sunset Area Plan Public Draft documents.
Additional Reports & Studies
Additionally, several studies and reports have been written to help inform proposed policy and the EIR, and are available for review: