May 2020 District 3 Newsletter

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Placer County District 3 Newsletter

May 2020


eServices keeps home development projects moving during unprecedented time

I have some good news to share with you about residential and commercial development projects in Placer County, including our new remote video inspections program, but before I do I would like to take a moment to thank all of the essential workers who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

I cannot express enough how grateful I am for everything essential workers do for our community. They take care of our sick, they keep us fed, they deliver goods, they patrol our streets and race to emergencies and much more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

You may have heard that the colonnade of Placer County’s historic courthouse in Auburn will beam blue in honor of essential workers and those battling COVID-19. The lights were switched on April 18 and will continue to light up the night sky throughout the pandemic. Nearly two dozen blue lights were installed on the enclosed base of Placer County’s courthouse dome in recognition of our community’s front line workers who are battling the pandemic. Photos of the courthouse are available on the Placer County website and social media platforms.

I am also thankful to everyone for staying-at-home and doing their part to help flatten the curve. We’ve come a long way during this crisis, but we’re not out of the woods, yet. It is vital that we continue following guidance from the state and our county Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson. Stay informed about COVID-19 at our website,

As mentioned I do have some good news to share - a commodity we can all use nowadays. Applications for building and planning permits in Placer County increased in March through the county’s online portal – eServices – despite the Community Development Resource Agency’s public counter closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And our numbers are looking solid for the month of April, too.

Permit applications for residential and commercial development projects increased 10% in March from February, thanks to the eServices portal which provides a variety of functions available 24/7.

I am impressed with how eServices is performing, it’s a positive indicator of our county’s economic health - especially during such an uncertain time.

We just launched an exciting new tool to help expedite inspections. Contractors and homeowners can now connect with county building inspectors virtually and receive same-day approval on projects using our new remote video inspection program.

Our eServices website allows citizens to submit permit applications online for commercial and residential development. Permit review and approval is conducted electronically, and inspectors complete the process by inspecting new construction virtually or in person.

The program allows building inspections via the internet for small projects such as electrical services, electrical trenching, heating and air changeouts, reroof final inspections, rooftop solar, new spa connections, sheds under 500 square feet, sewer yard lines, and water heaters.

This new service makes inspections efficient and will save our customers’ time, save taxpayer money and keep people safe during the pandemic.

Learn more about the remote video inspections and eServices at

Stay strong, stay positive Placer County!

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Jim Holmes

While Statewide Shelter-in-Place order remains in effect, Placer County Looks ahead to phased reopening

Dr. Aimee Sisson

As of Saturday, May 2, Placer County's local health order will expire and residents will be guided by the governor's Executive Oder to shelter in place - removing any confusion over areas of difference between the two orders.  Learn more...

Join Placer County’s FlashVote Community


As we move into COVID-19 recovery efforts, your feedback is vital to help us figure out what YOU need from US. Join our FlashVote community and give us your input on the issues you care about in seconds, from any device, anytime. Sign up free here.

Placer County Health Officer: Face coverings now recommended for public on top of social distancing

COVID 19 masks

Cloth face coverings - such as a bandana, scarf or homemade cloth cover - are now recommended when leaving the house for essential activities, announced Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, to further slow the spread of COVID-19.   Learn more...

Placer County Board of Supervisors encourage public comment for annual budget review

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Budget discussions are prompting the Placer County Board of Supervisors to change the time of its regularly scheduled public meeting on May 5 to begin at 12:30 p.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. to encourage community participation.

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Placer County Supervisors appoint new District Attorney

Morgan Gire

The Placer County Board of Supervisors appointed a new District Attorney after an intensive, three-month-long process to select a qualified candidate. Learn more...

County supervisors approve expenditure plan for Placer County Transportation Planning Agency proposed ballot measure.

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The Placer County Board of Supervisors has approved a comprehensive expenditure plan identifying which major transportation and traffic improvements are proposed for funding in South Placer should voters decide to pass a ballot measure that would increase the sales tax by a half cent. 
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Multi-family residential development slated for North Auburn

North Auburn Housing

The Placer County Planning Commission last week voted to approve the Gateway Commons Subdivision in North Auburn with a proposed creative layout that could help boost the county's "attainable housing" supply.  Learn more...

One thing I want to remind you of is to encourage every citizen in the county to sign up for PlacerAlert. This is a state-of-the-art community notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important public safety information. This system enables us to call, text or email critical information to you quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and yes wildfire evacuations. Please help us to help you and sign up for this emergency notification system. My hope is that this year’s wildfire season will come and go without incident, but for that to happen we must be united in our prevention efforts.

Placer County Board of Supervisors

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors, including information on upcoming Board of Supervisors meetings.

Learn more about Supervisor Jim Holmes. 

District 3 Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs)

There will be no MAC meetings in May, MAC meetings will not be held until social distancing orders implemented as a result of COVID0-19 have been lifted.

Please check our online MAC meeting calendar or contact the Board of Supervisors Office at (530)889-4010 for information on future meetings.


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