Francisco Oaks residents turned out in force at the recent Area Planning Advisory Council meeting to protest a planned 6.85-acre commercial project on the corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road.
A “Technical Advisory Committee” meeting in the county Planning Department was scheduled later in May, but was put off shortly before APAC’s meeting. APAC members nonetheless agreed to hear the concerned residents out, but will not take a position until the TAC meeting is rescheduled.
The applicant, Winn Communities of Folsom, is proposing a 16,000-square-foot drugstore, 5,115 square feet of fast food and 7,000 square feet of office space.
One access would come from Green Valley Road. A second access is proposed for Cambria Way, off Francisco Drive, near the entrance gates to Francisco Oaks.
The project would require a general plan amendment to change the land use from high density residential to commercial, and a rezone from single family residential to commercial planned development.
The 30 or so residents at APAC last Tuesday night wanted no part of another pharmacy, fast food restaurant or office complex in their neighborhood.
They contend that the project would increase congestion, crime — due to drugs in the pharmacy — traffic, especially at the entrance to their community, and negatively impact the natural habitat, as well as increase air and noise pollution.
Several residents argued that any sales tax the project might generate would be offset by the loss of property taxes due to the negative impact on nearby home values.
Several residents questioned the need for more commercial development at the intersection of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road, where two of the three commercial projects have significant vacancies.
The need for an additional pharmacy in the area was repeatedly raised.
Francisco Oaks resident Clair LaBeax went door to door in her neighborhood circulating a petition in opposition to the project. She reported nearly unanimous opposition, with a couple of abstentions.
As of Friday, she’d collected 140 signatures.
“That intersection is already a hazard, and I don’t see how a signal would work that close to Green Valley,” she said.
LaBeax said she also doesn’t understand how another drug will bring any new tax revenue into the county. “It would just hurt the nearby businesses,” she said.