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(Premium) News Briefs: Planning Commission vote, ‘Tiny Homes’, transit

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Citrus Heights planing commissioners voted 5-1 in favor of a controversial housing development proposed near Sylvan Corners during a Jan. 24, 2018 meeting. // CH Sentinel

Latest Citrus Heights news briefs include a report from Wednesday’s public hearing about a controversial rental housing project near Sylvan Corners, ‘tiny homes’ in the news, a missing man with Alzheimer’s found, and more.

Planning Commission votes 5-1 in favor of new housing near Sylvan Corners
Following a public hearing Wednesday night, the Citrus Heights Planning Commission gave the green light to a controversial 42-unit townhouse project near Sylvan Corners. The project, situated behind Bearpaw’s corporate offices on a 2.5-acre vacant parcel, had been opposed by the area’s neighborhood association due to concerns about additional traffic, limited green space in the proposal, and concerns about too many rental units in the city.

A handful of residents and business representatives spoke both in favor and against the proposed housing during the hearing and commissioners had many questions asked about the project during the nearly two-hour meeting, Leah Cox was the only commissioner to vote no on the proposal. Commissioner Tim Schaefer was absent from the meeting. With the planning stage complete, the project will now move on to the city’s building and safety division to handle the issuance of permits prior to construction taking place at the site. (See prior story for more details on the project)

Citrus Heights senior looks forward to ‘Tiny Homes’ planned in Sacramento
A Citrus Heights senior was interviewed in a story on Tuesday by Capitol Public Radio, following Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s announcement of his desire to have 1,000 tiny homes built in the next two years to quickly address the need for additional housing. The small homes would be 300 to 400-square-feet in size, with some models reportedly costing as low as $15,000 to build.

Sandy Hedges, 71, told the radio station she had been recently laid off and was concerned that her social security check wouldn’t be enough to pay the bills and rent. “I’m interested in something affordable,” Hedges told the radio station. “I hope [Steinberg] has good luck with that because if we already had that, my problems would have been over a few months ago.” (See full story)

More briefly:

  • Missing person found: Police said 58-year-old Anthony Aka, a Citrus Heights resident with Alzheimer’s, was found after a Silver Alert was issued when he went missing on Wednesday.
  • Veterans committee: Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost announced that her efforts to get a countywide veteran’s commission formed received approval from the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 24th. (Read more)
  • RT ridership down: CBS 13 reported that SacRT bus and light rail use dropped by more than 2 million rides in 2017, citing the rising popularity of Uber and Lyft as potential reasons for the drop. (Read more)
  • Attorney disbarred:  The State Bar of California officially disbarred Joseph Henry Marman, a local Citrus Heights attorney, following a history of misconduct and failure to comply with disciplinary probation. Records of his disbarment were published online earlier this month. (Read more)
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