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What’s the difference between Measure D and good planning?

The article that states “Measure D is brought to you by the same unregulated billboard mentality responsible for the ticky-tacky development scars of visual corridor of Highway 49 north of interstate 80.”

I believe the property along Highway 49 is some of the most desirable in the foothills. I tell prospective businessmen that as you drive east along Highway 80, Placer County starts where development ends (Rocklin). Turn north on Highway 49, past 18 used car lots, simulated mining villages, a walled mini storage, a trailer park and vacant property, you are on the main highway through beautiful North Auburn. What’s the problem?

There has only been one building completed on Highway 49 in the last 11 years. There are many stories to be told regarding development along this section of highway, but in 11 years nobody has been able to get a permit.

Placer County is no-growth, and the planners use every method, whether legal or illegal, not to issue a permit. Environmental issues, traffic medication fees and lawsuits are the principle obstructions.

The undeveloped property along the north side of Highway 49 from Bell Road to Shale Ridge is a good example why Measure D should be overwhelmingly passed.

It seems that 100 yards north of Highway 49, there is a drainage ditch that has been taken over by beavers.

These beavers are on private land, but the owners of that land cannot sell or develop the property. Placer County has Placer Legacy. Nevada County is trying to incorporate NH 2020. This is taking property without recourse. If Placer County wants to keep the beavers, they should buy the property and make it a municipal park.

James D. Walsh


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