BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 28, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 28, 2023

PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Rene Hamlin

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment

None

  1. Minutes of October 24, 2023

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of October 24, 2023.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with six votes in favor and one abstention.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

There was no report from the Treasurer.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 87 memberships.

 

  1. Presentation on the Trumark Project

Mark Berry stated that the original Trumark proposal was presented in 2020, and the Rancho Cordova Planning had requested and Environmental Impact Report.  Now there is a new proposal with about twice as many homes as the original proposal.  Both proposals include filling in a large area of the floodplain.  The newer proposal was submitted under an SB 330 process.  In order to fit into this process, the proposal must conform to all Rancho Cordova development objective standards.  The latter proposal was found to be inconsistent with a number of those objective standards.  The group that Mr. Berry belongs to (Preserve the American River) would support reasonable development.  There is strong interest in someone purchasing the property from Trumark.  Another issue is that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board must give approval for development in the floodplain, and they have not done so.  There is also the issue of easements which were granted to the County by the property owner some time ago.  They would like to maintain those easements.

Debbie Purvis enquired about the 54 feet easement?  Mr. Berry responded that there are two easements: one an Irrevocable Offer of Dedication (IOD) of 54 feet, and another 30 feet wide hiking trail, which has the same centerline as the IOD.  There is also a dedicated bridge across the drain at the edge of the property.  He noted that the homeless situation in the area is a concern.

Gay Jones enquired whether the SB 330 pathway is dead?  Mr. Berry said no, but it would be tough to meet the Rancho Cordova policies, etc.

Mr. Berry commented that they are working to find a purchaser for all or part of the property, and should consider what sort of development they would want.  Jim Morgan suggested that the Lower American River Conservancy might be willing to entertain a proposal for the lower part of the parcel.

Mr. Berry also commented that the Save the American River Association hired a biologist to investigate the lower portion of the property.  The biologist identified 123 species, including several special status species.

Lori Christensen enquired whether the property has a connection to the Parkway?  Mr. Berry stated that there is a narrow strip of land that connects to River Bend Park, although it is rather brushy.

Jim Morgan stated that Trumark asserts that the high density in the upper, southern portion of the proposed development is consistent with the Folsom Blvd. Plan, and enquired whether that was correct?  Mr. Berry responded that the Folsom Blvd. Plan has very high densities in that area, and he did not know why.  Jim commented that it is likely because of Transit Oriented Development, a theory that one should have high densities near mass transit in order to encourage ridership and get people out of their cars.

Gay Jones commented that BRECA has three principals for development: 1) Development must blend and meld with surrounding areas, 2) There must be full parkland dedication on site, and 3) The development must interconnect with surrounding areas.

Lori Christensen enquired whether Trumark will give up on the lower portion of the site?  Mr. Berry responded that it will be about money.  But Trumark is part of a big corporation, while the parcel in question is a small part of their balance sheet.

  1. Old Business
  2. General Meeting

The annual BRECA General Meeting will be held on December 12.  Details of who would do what were discussed.  Gay requested that people send topics for discussion to her.  She is particularly concerned about the Psynergy center.

  1. Holiday Party

The BRECA holiday party will be held on December 19.  Details of who would do what were discussed.

  1. Eclectic Center

Gay Jones stated that she had no update on the Eclectic Center.  Most issues from three months ago are still there: The light pole is down, the hole in the pavement is still there, and the remains of the Blow Lounge outside seating area are still there.

  1. Banner for the Picnic

Rick Sloan volunteered to look into the cost of two banners for the Picnic.

  1. New Business.

None

  1. From the Floor.

Gay Jones commented that there was nothing new on the proposed Butterfield Station Apartments.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on December 12.

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