Rocklin suing Loomis over Costco project

Citing concerns about traffic impacts, the city of Rocklin is going to court to rescind approvals for a proposed Costco store development in judi online neighboring Loomis.

In a Placer County Superior Court lawsuit scheduled for its first hearing in February, attorneys for Rocklin state that Loomis officials didn’t adequately consider traffic impacts in their environmental analysis of the project, which is across the street or against Rocklin city limits to the east and south.

In an emailed statement, Rocklin City Attorney Sheri Chapman said the two municipalities have been in talks about resolving some of those issues, but lack of resolution left Rocklin with no choice but to go to court.

“Loomis has yet to address the project’s flawed site design and ensure Costco pays for adequate traffic mitigation now, instead of Rocklin residents paying for the mitigation later, since the majority of roads leading to the Costco are within Rocklin city limits,” she said.

Sean Rabé, Loomis’ town manager, said in an email he was familiar with the suit but could not comment on existing litigation.

The Loomis Town Council approved in August the 155,000-square-foot Costco store and a branded 24-pump gas station for the southeast corner of Brace Road and Sierra College Boulevard. Chapman said Rocklin officials first raised concerns about the project three years ago.

Rocklin’s suit requests the court vacate the approvals and the environmental impact report for the project. According to the suit, Loomis didn’t adequately disclose data used to support traffic impact assumptions in the report, didn’t disclose all the potential impacts and didn’t account for inconsistencies with the town’s general plan policies and zoning code.

Chapman’s email cited only one public entrance-exit to the Costco site as one of the potential issues, compared to five for an existing Costco in Roseville.

Sacramento law firm Abbott & Kindermann Inc. is listed in the suit as working on Rocklin’s behalf in addition to Chapman.

A Costco Wholesale Corp. (Nasdaq: COST) representative declined to comment Tuesday, citing company policy not to comment on new stores until they’re close to opening. The Loomis Costco store has not yet broken ground.