Dry Creek apartments
endorsed by Supervisor Dickinson
By Jay O'Brien
The 70 unit apartment complex proposed for the southwest corner of Dry
Creek Road and E Street was nixed by the Rio Linda Elverta Community
Planning Advisory Council (CPAC) May 10th.
CPAC's reasons for denying the proposal included concerns about
traffic, encroachment on neighbors and inadequate parking for the
number of apartments. Neighbors presented a petition with 60 signatures
opposing the project, suggesting that single-family dwellings would be
CPAC's denial is only advisory; the project will next be heard by the
County's planning commission, and perhaps by the Board of Supervisors.
The commission or the Supervisors have the authority to approve the
When the project was first heard by CPAC in December, the developer
introduced Cortez Quinn, Sacramento County First District Supervisor
Roger Dickinson's Chief of Staff. At that December meeting, Quinn told
CPAC, "Roger did believe that this project would fit, here, and he is
supportive of it."
Quinn was asked last week, if the position remained the same. The
response from Dickinson came too late to be included in the article
published last week in The NEWS. Supervisor Dickinson's response, sent
late Wednesday, follows:
It’s my understanding that you are interested in my
current position regarding the Dry Creek Apartments proposal.
Jake Jackson, the neighbor who circulated the petition opposing
the apartments, was disappointed to hear Dickinson's restated position.
"These apartments will add to the ongoing problems with the other
nearby apartment complexes on Dry Creek Road. It looks like Dickinson
is representing the developer instead of his constituents. They're
trying to change the zoning laws to allow the apartments to look down
into our houses; I'm opposed to that."
It has been some time since I have discussed the project with
anyone, but my last understanding was that the project proponent was
considering comments made at the CPAC meeting and working with the
County planning staff to
determine how the new affordable housing ordinance applies to
the project. Consequently, there may be changes to the project of which
I am not aware.
However, I still do believe a well-designed and high quality
multi-family project would be compatible with the surrounding
neighborhood in that location.
I hope the above answers your question. Roger
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