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City Council Votes 5-0 to Approve the Project

Earlier this week, the City Council considered the Sierra Gateway Apartments. Unfortunately, the Council voted unanimously to approve the project. This was hard to hear–that’s for sure.

I want to personally thank you for your role in helping to improve Rocklin and collaborating with us. Defeat is never easy, but we learned a lot in the process.  And, it gives me hope for the future of our great town.

Here is a short list of what we gained by trying to change the outcome for this project:

  • Increased community awareness about what’s happening in our town;
  • Improved understanding of the planning and environmental review process;
  • Greater understanding of our city’s policies, procedures, and government itself;
  • Skills working together, with neighbors, city staff, the Planning Commission, and City Council;
  • Improved coordination among neighbors, neighborhoods, and community groups; and
  • A united voice interested in ensuring our community’s quality of life is upheld.

Thank you.  Thank you for being a part of this.  Thank you for learning new things and stepping outside your comfort zone. 

Please know that one defeat isn’t the end.  There is always more to do, more to follow, more to be engaged with… And, now that we’ve been through this process, we know what needs to change.  For example, maybe we focus on revising policies and ordinances like the Tree Ordinance.  Should it include language that requires a certain percentage of healthy trees be retained on the project site?

There are many opportunities to affect change–and I look forward to your ideas. Let’s be pro-active instead of reactive. But for now, please take a break and enjoy the holiday season!

With gratitude,

Chris Wiegman

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