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Public Hearing: Developer seeks to build 8 homes on small Citrus Heights lot

Eight townhomes are proposed to be built on a small lot located next to the Stock Ranch plaza on Auburn Blvd. // Google Maps

By Mike Hazlip–
A small vacant lot near Walmart on Auburn Boulevard may soon become eight new craftsman style town homes, pending a public hearing and approval from the Planning Commission on Wednesday.

A city staff report shows plans for the development of the .7-acre parcel. The homes would be constructed at 7078 Auburn Blvd. Jeremy Jaeger of Rio Linda-based Auburn Citrus Heights, LLC is listed as the applicant.

If approved, the lot will be divided into nine parcels. Each parcel would be 2,345-square-feet along with a 11,862-square-foot common lot for access, parking and landscaping. The proposal states the buildings would have an architectural style that is “craftsman in nature.” Each unit would have a two car garage and private back yard.

The 1,500-square-foot two-story town homes would each have three bedrooms with two-and-a-half bathrooms. A total of four buildings would be constructed at the site, with two units per building. Plans call for “stepping back” the second story to make the structure appear smaller from street level.

The common lot would provide one guest parking space for each unit, according to plans. Residents would enter the community from Eastbound Auburn Boulevard. Traffic exiting the site would be prohibited from turning left by a raised median and a “No Left Turn” sign, according to the plan. The existing median is a painted line separating Westbound traffic on Auburn Boulevard and the left turn lane from Eastbound Auburn Boulevard onto Carriage Drive.

Site layout

The townhouse development is the first to take advantage of the city’s Small Lot Housing Ordinance, according to the plan. The ordinance was passed in August 2018, and aims to encourage development of smaller lots according to a previous report by The Sentinel. Citrus Heights is 98% built out, leaving little room for new projects. The housing ordinance allows greater flexibility in developing small and irregular shaped sites.

Records show the parcel’s current zoning is RD-20 and would remain unchanged. Surrounding lots include duplex homes to the south and east of the proposed development. Stock Ranch shopping plaza is west of the site.

The proposal aims to meet over 50 conditions for approval according to the Planning Commission. Conditions include the creation of a Home Owners Association (HOA) to maintain the common lot and landscaping. Other conditions include emergency vehicle access and maintenance of the property.

The site is currently divided into two separate parcels, .48 and .22 acres. Both parcels would be used in the .7-acre development.

The Planning Commission is slated to hold a remote public hearing regarding the proposal at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28. Due to COVID-19, the meeting will not be open to the public, but comments and questions can be submitted in advance to planning@citrusheights.net.

The meeting is anticipated to be live-streamed online at citrusheights.net/305/Planning-Commission.

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