Lincoln planners approve conditional use permit for Sprouts

Market could open by April
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A conditional use permit for Sprouts Farmers Market, allowing beer and wine sales for off-site consumption, was unanimously approved Dec. 20 by the Lincoln Planning Commission.
Sprouts Farmers Market will be located at 115 Ferrari Ranch Road, the former location of T.J. Maxx (that recently moved to 930 Groveland Lane). Both the Lincoln Planning Department staff and the Lincoln Police Department were in support of the permit.
Sprouts Farmers Market land-use consultant Terri Dickerhoff said the projected store opening is April.
“We’re very excited to be in Lincoln,” Dickerhoff said after the hearing. “Permitting is the next step and the applications have likely already been submitted.”
Walkup Ranch
A development agreement with Walkup Ranch, one of the Village 1 subdivisions, was approved 7-0 Dec. 20 by the Lincoln Planning Commission. 
The 145-acre, 358-home project is bordered by Turkey Creek Golf Course to the east, State Highway 193 to the south and the Auburn Ravine to the north.
Lincoln Community Development director Matt Wheeler said the agreement is standard for the Village I projects.
“The developer will provide backbone infrastructure and participate in the infrastructure finance plan,” Wheeler said. “There is also an eight-acre school site proposed and both Ferrari Ranch Road and Oak Tree Lane will be extended.”
Wheeler said the proposed school site is an “option site” for the Western Placer Unified School District.
“It will be there until the district exercises its option or says it doesn’t want it,” Wheeler said, “in which case it would revert back to the developer.”
Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said the district’s primary option is to build on the site.
“Our intention is houses would not go there and we would exercise the option to build a school,” Leaman said. “The school will probably be built; we have the money for it. We really want to do it right this time. The city and Walkup Ranch were great to work with.”
Planning Commissioner Dan Cross said he was encouraged by Leaman’s comments.
“It’s refreshing to see we’ve come full circle in working with the development community,” Cross said.