Email to Support the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project
We need your comments to help convince the Placer County Board of Supervisors to approve approximately 30 miles of new trails and improved trail access and parking for Hidden Falls. The Placer County board of Supervisors will soon be voting on the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project and your voice needs to be heard to make it happen. Without your voice, it may not happen.
Approval of the plan for the trails is vital to families, hikers, runners, equestrians, and bikers and will improve the health of trail users, reduce parking issues, and reduce impact on the most used trails. Expanding the Hidden Falls trail network will be a priceless asset to Placer County, preserving the rural landscape for our children, and our children’s children for generations to come.
This is a rare opportunity for all of us, please take a few minutes to comment. The comments can be as simple as voicing your support and adding why it is important to you, your family, and your community. Let's make this happen!
Comment to the Planning Commission
Say something about why Hidden Falls is important to you, but please include this item.
I support the Hidden Falls Trails Expansion project as planned
All correspondence will become part of the permanent record.
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How to Comment on the Hidden Falls Trails Expansion Project
A quick comment expressing support and why The Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project is important to you and what city you live is all that is required. Just a few minutes of your time.
"I support more trails with the Hidden Falls Trails Expansion Project (+ your reason why)
Include how more parking, more trailheads, spread out crowds, healthy activities or family activities benefit everyone.
Contact Your Supervisor! They want to hear from their constituents. Tell them we need more trails!
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Progress and What is Happening
The projected scope of the plan has been reduced to better fit local concerns and economics. Parking lots have been reduced in the project but 30 miles of new trails are still in! Let's voice our support for more trails!
October 22nd, County Parks provided the level of detail usually required at this stage of a project, the Planning Commission decided they need more concrete plans before moving on. Parks will detail those plans to the public and Planning Commission in another(!) meeting.
The Placer Parks Commission has approved the plan in an 8-0 vote.
The recent Town Hall discussions by County panelists confirmed three facts of particular importance:
Fire officials explained their satisfaction with the fire safety plans for both the full project and the reduced project
Traffic engineers explained how the project met acceptable standards for roads and traffic
County staff indicated that the traffic that would have been generated by build out of current zoning of the expansion area, if it had not been preserved, would be greater than traffic generated by the Trail Expansion project.
There are two more meetings coming up (!!!) and we need comments for each - starting with the Park Commission. We will reach out to you before each meeting so you can help gain access to the new trails.
Full Commenting Schedule:
Planning Commission: (recommendations on Conditional Use Permit and EIR): TBA
Board of Supervisors: (take action on certifying EIR and the Conditional Use Permit): TBA
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Hidden Falls has been a Huge Success! With Your Help, it will be even Better!
The Hidden Falls Story
Hidden Falls Regional Park is the first park envisioned by Placer County’s Legacy program, adopted in 2000. In 2003-04, the County acquired the current 1,200 acre Hidden Falls Park, which has 30 miles of multi-use trails and one major trailhead with parking. Use of the Park has grown rapidly and trails and parking can be congested during holidays and weekends to the point that visitors have been turned away. The County and Placer Land Trust have collaborated to acquire over 2,500 acres of additional land and easements to protect oak woodlands and rangelands. The Hidden Falls Trails Expansion Project will also add three new trailheads and approximately 30 miles of trails to help spread out trail enthusiasts throughout the park.