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Rocklin honors local organizations with Business Legacy Awards

The City of Rocklin honored the Ruhkala Granite and Marble Company, Inc. and Sierra College with 125th Anniversary Business Legacy Awards on January 18.

The Business Legacy Awards were created as part of Rocklin’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration and honor local organizations that have made significant contributions to the success of the City’s economy in the past and present, as well as affecting the future.


Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Mandate

The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) establishes the total number of housing units that each city and county must plan for within an eight-year planning period.

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) Regional Housing Needs Plan (RHNP), officially assigns the allocations to cities and counties in the six-county Sacramento region. The current RHNP covers the planning period from January 1, 2013 to October 31, 2021. The allocation is based on the SACOG region’s projected housing needs over the planning period. 

The state-mandated RHNA process (Government Code Sections 65580 et seq.) requires SACOG to develop a methodology that determines how to divide and allocate an overall allocation that the region receives from the state. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) determined that the total regional housing need in the SACOG area for this planning period is 104,970 housing units. The RHNA methodology distributed these units to each city and county within El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties, including the Tahoe Basin of El Dorado and Placer counties.

RHNA Presentation - September 2017
Potential RHNA Sites - Council Study Session Presentation 9-29-2017
SB 35 Summary


Junior Police Academy Helps Rocklin Police Connect with Community

A fist pump and an exclamation of “yes!” was how one morning classroom session of the Rocklin Junior Police Academy (JPA) ended in late July.
After attentively listening to the Rocklin Police protocols on conducting regular and high risk traffic stops in a board room, the group was excited to conduct mock stops using stationary police and city vehicles in the parking lot.


Rocklin City Council Approves Adventure Park Concept

The Rocklin City Council unanimously approved an agreement Tuesday night that could lead to the construction of an adventure park in the heart of Old Town Rocklin at the City’s Quarry Park.

Rocklin Adventures, which the concept is currently being called, would utilize the historic Big Gun Quarry and surrounding property to create an adventure park featuring zip lining, rock climbing, ropes courses and other outdoor activities.


Jill Gayaldo Appointed to Rocklin City Council

The Rocklin City Council has appointed Jill Gayaldo to fill a vacant seat on City Council with a term running through December 2018.

During a special meeting on January 5, the City Council interviewed 13 candidates who applied to fill the open seat. The interview process, including Council discussion and deliberation, was open to the public.


New Website Helps Rocklin Connect with Community

The City of Rocklin strives to provide the best public services possible for residents and communication is always an important factor in determining success.

Connecting with neighborhoods, the business community, and individual citizens facilitates the formation of partnerships and promotes the ability to address concerns before problems arise.

Chad Butler

Chad Butler Appointed as Rocklin Interim Police Chief

Chad Butler, previously a Police Captain with the City of Rocklin and an officer focused on public safety for more than 20 years, has been appointed as Rocklin’s Interim Police Chief.

Butler succeeds Ron Lawrence, who has accepted a position as Police Chief for the City of Citrus Heights, effective Monday, Oct. 31.


Sierra College, Hacker Lab,  SME Sacramento to Offer Manufacturing Advice

Interested in product design review? Need to make a prototype using 3-D printing? Looking for a local manufacturer for your product? You’re in luck. 

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies and Hacker Lab have partnered with SME Sacramento to offer design for manufacturing advice along with access and introductions to local manufacturing resources. The office hours will be staffed by volunteers from the local SME chapter with experience in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, and product life cycle development. 


Small Business Resources to Comply with the ADA

The California Pollution Control Financing Authority recently announced a new CalCAP Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Financing Program. The program will assist businesses with 15 or fewer full-time equivalent employees to finance physical alterations or retrofits to their small business facilities of less than 10,000 square feet for compliance with the federal ADA. 
For additional information, please visit the CalCAP/ADA Financing Program website or contact Bianca Smith, the Program Manager, at (916) 653-5408.


Highway 65 Interchange Improvement Fee Changes 

The Highway 65 Interchange Improvement Fee charged to all new building construction in Rocklin will undergo an adjustment effective July 1, 2016.
A study was conducted over the past year to update traffic pattern information and how the interchanges affect the six designated fee areas. This will cause fees for some areas of Rocklin to decline, while others will increase. The annual adjustments are usually simply tied to inflation. The new costs are indicated on Rocklin’s website at (still need link).