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Placer County moves to fill at-large seat on Planning Commission

By: Journal Staff
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Placer County is giving city dwellers until Friday to apply for an open at-large Planning Commission post.

Supervisors amended an ordinance this past Tuesday to broaden the field of applicants for the so-called western slope, to allow inclusion of candidates from the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln, plus the town of Loomis. The at-large position had previously been open only  to people living in an unincorporated area of the county, west of the Sierra Crest.

After Tuesday’s meeting, the county issued a statement that it is seeking applications from residents who live in unincorporated areas, as well as people who live within the boundaries of incorporated communities.

The move by the board to broaden its base of applicants was opposed by Supervisor Jim Holmes and approved on a 4-1 vote.

The appointment comes at the end of longtime Planning Commissioner Gerald Brentnall’s term. Brentnall is one of nine applicants for the volunteer position. Besides Brentnall, other applicants for the at large post are: Roy West, David Karleskint, Alan Shuttleworth, Richard Lewis, Monique Margaux, Noe Fierros, Don Belden and Christine Turner.

The seven-member panel is the principal advisory body to the Board of Supervisors on planning issues. Among its duties are to review and make decisions on major development proposals in unincorporated areas of the county.

Each of the five supervisor districts has a representative on the commission. The remaining two commissioners serve as at-large members, representing the east and west slopes.

Application forms are available from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors’ office at (530) 889-4020 or by going to the county Website at www.placer.ca.gov/Applications.aspx#coco.

Completed applications are required by Feb. 15 at the Clerk of the Board’s Office, either in person or by mail. The office is located at 175 Fulweiler Ave.