Wednesday, 02 December 2009 23:13

Sutter Creek to Look at Gold Rush 'Decision Documents' Monday

slide3-sutter_creek_to_look_at_gold_rush_decision_documents_monday.pngAmador County – Sutter Creek City Council is scheduled to look at the “Decision Documents” Monday for the Gold Rush Ranch & Golf Resort project. City consultant and project planner Anders Hauge said Tuesday that the packet of documents they call the “Decision Documents” was prepared with City Council’s direction, and were to be available Wednesday (yesterday) on the city’s website. Hauge said Tuesday that the City Council will have all of the documents it needs to make a decision, but staff was not sure when it would happen. He said City Attorney Dennis Crabb thought they would make a decision Monday. Hauge said he thought the council might go through the documents over several hours or even days, with details to be gone through, and he thought they might take a couple of weeks to stew on the decision, as the Planning Commission similarly did. Hauge said that details of the “Development Agreement” and the “Conditions of Approval” related to Gold Rush were still being negotiated. Hauge said some of those details include the 36-month time limit for completion of parts of the project, and some of those things may not be needed by that time, and could be changed in those agreements. Documents to be considered include certifying the project’s Environmental Impact Report and its “Specific Plan,” and amendments to the city “General Plan.” Hauge said if those all were approved, the City Council would also have to approve related resolutions, including one that modifies city zoning ordinances. Project sponsors are John Telischak, Bill Bunce and Troy Claveran. The project includes adding 12 new neighborhoods on a total of 945 acres. That includes 936 new homes on Noble Ranch, which is 833 acres, already annexed into and part of Sutter Creek city limits. Gold Rush plans would also place 398 new homes on the Allen Ranch property, consisting of 112 acres. Housing will be restricted to 40 percent of the land area. Also planned is an 18-hole “championship” golf course, “being designed by Mother Lode native golf architect Troy Claveran and golf course architect Gary Lynn.” Included in the plan is more than 300 acres of “permanent conservation area,” to be created on the western portions of the project site, and in between 9 residential neighborhoods. The resort at Gold Rush is planned to have 300 “vacation ownership units” and 60 hotel rooms. Hauge said it would also have 8.3 miles of trails. The meeting is Monday, December 7th. Story by Jim Reece This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.