Council Meeting Recap – March 10
Wi-Fi in the Parks, Sunset Station Development, and Economic Development
Wi-Fi in the Parks
The City of Rocklin negotiated a new agreement to continue providing free Wi-Fi at all five community parks with Wave Broadband LLC. The parks include Johnson-Springview, Kathy Lund, Margaret Azevedo, Twin Oaks Park, and Whitney.
City analytics show that over 22,000 people logged in and used the amenity last year between August 2018 and August 2019. The free service benefits everyday park users and youth sports leagues and their patrons.
The new agreement continues to provide free Wi-Fi at community parks. Wave will install updated equipment at all locations to provide better coverage and connection speeds.
Development on Sunset Boulevard
A two-acre commercial and office center was approved for development at a former park and ride facility on Sunset Blvd. and Pebble Creek Dr. The project will include a 6,064 square-foot multi-tenant building near the Sunset Blvd and Pebble Creek Dr. corner of the property, including a drive-thru bank.
An amendment to the General Development Plan was accepted to remove the floor area limit imposed on offices and clinics, including financial institutions. The removal of the cap provides for additional flexibility to allow property owners to fill vacant spaces.
Traffic improvements have been recommended on Sunset Blvd. and Pebble Creek Dr. to minimize project-related issues. The bus stop will be relocated closer to Pebble Creek Dr., the Sunset Blvd. left turn lane will be lengthened from 225 feet to 350 feet when the site is fully developed, and Pebble Creek Dr. will be restriped to consist of a shared left/through lane and a dedicated right-turn lane.
Economic Development Strategy
The City of Rocklin and numerous public and private partners strive to create a local economic environment that supports business development and growth. On March 10, City staff presented plans to City Council for a business retention and expansion effort that will expand City connections with existing businesses to better understand and respond to their needs.
The program is intended to focus the energies of community stakeholders on the economic assets that already exist Rocklin – small businesses first and foremost – and ultimately make them stronger and more resilient over time.
Program goals also include encouraging private investment and job creation.
Establishing a taskforce of representatives from organizations that can impact local businesses is the first of four primary phases of the program. The City will begin to reach out to potential taskforce members and announce more information on public involvement early this Spring.
For more information on these and all the March 10 Council items, view the entire Council presentation online here.