Loomis Approves its Largest Housing Project in Years
Long-planned Village at Loomis passes by a 4-1 vote
January 29, 2019: The Loomis Town Council has approved a large mixed-use development adjacent to I-80, east of the town’s commercial center.
It includes 251 single-family homes, 117 apartment units, over 18 acres of active parks and open space, and over 44,000 square feet of commercial and mixed-use space.
The site had been designated for development since the town’s incorporation in 1984 and the project’s developer, Todd Lowell, said he had been working on it since he bought the first parcel of property in 1998.
The project has been controversial in Loomis, with opponents concerned its size and density would change the rural character of the 7,000-person Placer County town. More than 300 people packed into a school gym in December for a town council meeting where councilors debated some final amendments to the project. A series of changes over time had cut the number of houses in the project, increased the average lot size, and increased the amount of open space.
“This project provides significant public benefits including building of parks and open space, single-handedly builds out our long-envisioned road and infrastructure plan for that area, and appropriately funds much needed improvements to Loomis Grammar School,” said Loomis mayor and SACOG board member Tim Onderko after the project was approved.
“If Loomis is to ever have growth and add housing, this is the appropriate location. Our small town charm remains intact and Loomis is a stronger small town as a result of this project.”
The project passed by a vote of 4-1, with council member Jeff Duncan voting against it based on concerns about the impact on traffic, which he said needed to be mitigated more aggressively.
Loomis Town Manager Sean Rabe said construction could start as soon as this summer but that summer 2020 was more probable.