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Public hearing postponed for Mariposa Ave subdivision

File photo, a proposal to subdivide a vacant lot at 7401 Mariposa Avenue has been received by the city. // CH Sentinel

By Mike Hazlip—
A public hearing for a proposed development at 7401 Mariposa Ave. is listed as postponed, according to the city’s website.

The Planning Commission hearing was initially scheduled for July 26 at 6 p.m., but the status is now “postponed” with no rescheduled date listed.

In an email Thursday, City Communications Officer Marisa Brown said there is no set date for the next hearing, and the city has not received any public comments on the project.

The development proposal is to split an existing 2.32-acre parcel into six lots, with one single-family detached home on each lot. Five of the lots would be around a quarter-acre and the sixth lot just under one acre.

Five of the lots would face Mariposa Avenue, with the sixth and largest lot accessible from an driveway off Church Lane, plans show. Pad footprints for the lots range between 10,000 square feet and 37,000 square feet.

The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) because it is considered infill development, according to the city.

The proposal is open for public comment until the close of the final hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the City Clerk, Amy Van, at 6360 Fountain Square Drive.

Economic Development and Community Engagement Director Meghan Huber said in a previous email to The Sentinel that the applicant had not yet submitted any architectural plans for the homes, but she expects the final build will not exceed current standards. Those standards allow for structures with a height limit of 30 feet, Huber said. The total square footage of the homes is also yet to be determined, she said.

The development borders a large property that is home to both Citrus Heights Fellowship and Church of the King. The current site plan shows eight parking spaces would be shifted further east toward Mariposa Avenue to accommodate an entrance to the project.

Church of the King Senior Pastor Paul Liberati in a phone interview with The Sentinel said he is opposed to the development, but had not yet seen the site plan. Liberati said having fewer homes with larger lots on the parcel would be better for the community. The pastor stressed the importance of using land in productive agricultural ways that he said is more in line with his Christian worldview.

Liberati said he had not submitted any public comment on the issue and was unsure if other members of his congregation or neighboring homeowners have done so.

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