Business & Real Estate

Rocklin says no to CVS drug store in Stanford Ranch

The Rocklin City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal for a CVS Pharmacy next to a neighborhood of single-family homes after hearing from residents concerned about traffic and noise.

The council considered the proposal on appeal from the developer. The Planning Commission turned down the project last month on a 3-1 vote.

The City Council voted 3-2 against the 3-acre project planned for the Stanford Ranch property on the corner of Stanford Ranch Road and Sunset Boulevard. Council members Greg Janda and Diana Ruslin supported the project.

The developer needed a zoning change to put the drugstore there, from “business professional” to “retail commercial.”

“We are very disappointed with the outcome,” developer Kurt Hilbers said in a written statement Wednesday. “We are currently weighing our options on the best way to move forward.”

The decision means the property will remain empty. Historically, the property was used for grazing, and has not been developed since it was annexed into the city in 1980 other than a sales building for the subdivision. A previous proposal to rezone the property was rejected in 2006.

The council heard from 11 residents at Tuesday’s hearing, all but one of them opposed to the project.

Charlotte Johnson, who lives next to the proposed site, said she would prefer a professional office there to retail, which clashes with the residential area.

“Please don’t sell out our quality of life,” she said.

Luke Geisler, who lives near the proposed site, said the drugstore would make the area less attractive to potential homebuyers.

“It will severely depress the property values,” he said.

The City Council received a letter from a Rocklin real estate agent stating that at least a third of all homebuyers would never consider a home next to a retail business like CVS.