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Citrus Heights is seeking to ease regulations on garage conversions and accessory dwelling units, following the passage of a new state law. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights working to increase affordable housing by easing building regs

In an effort to increase affordable housing in the city and comply with a new state law, the City of Citrus Heights has been taking steps to ease regulations on garage conversions and secondary dwelling units.

Last month, Citrus Heights planning commissioners unanimously voted to recommend a new set of draft regulations that revise existing code to reduce parking requirements for accessory dwelling units and make it easier for proposed garage conversions to meet replacement parking requirements. The draft regulations are slated to be heard by the city council later this month, with a final vote in July…

by · June 10, 2017 · City Hall
Thousands of residents and community members showed up to celebrate Citrus Heights' 20th birthday during a June 3 block party at Van Maren Park. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights celebrates 20 years of cityhood with massive block party, music

Thousands of residents, community members, vendors and dignitaries packed Van Maren Park and a closed-off section of Stock Ranch Road near city hall on Saturday for a block party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Citrus Heights becoming a city.

A classic car show took up a section of Stock Ranch Road, followed by a long line of vendor booths and a beer garden set up in Van Maren Park — along with a live music stage that featured performances by the Boys of Summer Eagles Tribute Band and 1970’s pop-rock band Pablo Cruise. Food trucks and a…

Newly appointed Citrus Heights Councilman Albert Fox is sworn in by City Clerk Amy Van on Friday, as Vice Mayor Steve Miller and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins look on. // CH Sentinel

Albert Fox appointed to fill vacant seat on Citrus Heights city council

In 2005, Citrus Heights resident Albert Fox applied to fill a vacancy on the city council, but didn’t get appointed. More than a decade later, he applied again and was appointed on Friday to fill the vacancy left by Councilman Mel Turner, who passed away last month.

The 71-year-old has become a familiar face to city government since moving to Citrus Heights 16 years ago, serving on the city’s planning commission since 2011. Now retired, Fox formerly served in state law enforcement and also served on the committee responsible for recommending Citrus Heights form its own police department…

Leaders from Dignity Health and the City of Citrus Heights participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 23 at the site of a new 3-story medical building at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. // CH Sentinel

Medical building finally breaks ground in Citrus Heights; set for 2019 opening

Officials donned hard hats and dug in shovels Tuesday morning at a groundbreaking ceremony at the corner of Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive, marking the long-awaited beginning of construction on a new $30 million Dignity Health medical office building.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be here today as we break ground,” said Sigrid Owyang, operations vice president for Dignity Health Medical Foundation, to the assembled crowd of about a hundred people who attended the May 23 ceremony…

by · May 24, 2017 · Business, City Hall
A large billboard advertises the city's upcoming Block Party to celebrate 20 years of cityhood. // CH Sentinel

City plans huge block party to celebrate Citrus Heights’ 20th birthday

An afternoon block party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Citrus Heights becoming a city will be held at Van Maren Park on June 3, promising entertainment, live music, great food, local ales, a kids zone, and more.

The free event will be on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 3 to 8pm at Van Maren Park and Stock Ranch Road, located near city hall. Organizers said Stock Ranch Road will be blocked off for the event and are targeting attendance of 5,000…

The 13-acre lot at Sylvan Corners had been used to house the old Sylvan Middle School Property, which was demolished this year. // Credit: Google Maps

City makes formal step toward buying old Sylvan property

Wondering what lies in store for the future of the 13-acre property at Sylvan Corners, once home to the now-demolished Sylvan Middle School?

In a new development since March, Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey confirmed in an April interview that the city has met with school district representatives and formally expressed interest in buying the property…

by · April 29, 2017 · Business, City Hall
City Manager Chris Boyd discusses objectives with other city leaders during a break-out small group session at an April 18 strategic planning meeting. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights leaders set 22 new objectives for next 6 months

Following an April strategic planning session where key city leaders discussed and set short-term plans to accomplish by November 1, the City of Citrus Heights recently published a list of 22 objectives on its website.

Objectives include DUI enforcement, filling 4,000-square-feet of potholes, holding several public workshops, and 19 other tasks to accomplish over the next half-year. A Traffic Safety Awareness Campaign is also listed as an…

by · April 29, 2017 · City Hall
The Citrus Heights city council is seeking to fill a vacancy left by councilman Mel Turner, who passed away April 20. // Image credit: Sac Metro Cable 14

How will the vacancy on Citrus Heights’ city council be filled?

Following the recent death of Councilman Mel Turner, the five-member Citrus Heights city council is seeking to fill a vacancy among its ranks.

With three options at their legal discretion to select, the four current members of the council opted during an April 27 council meeting to appoint a new member within the next 60 days, rather than call for a special election, or leave the seat vacant until the next municipal election.

by · April 28, 2017 · City Hall
Mel Turner, a sitting Citrus Heights councilman and former  mayor, passed away on April 20. // Image courtesy, City of Citrus Heights

Community voices: reflections on the life of Mel Turner

Following the death of Citrus Heights councilman and former mayor Mel Turner on April 20, many who knew him have offered reflections and statements about his life. He is remembered as a listener, a mentor, a friend, and a caring leader — as well as for his deep voice and beaming smile.

A compilation of recent statements from city leaders and community members is included below. Service arrangements have…

by · April 22, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Councilman and former mayor Mel Turner, pictured during a December 2014 council meeting. // CH Sentinel

City leaders, community mourn passing of Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner

Citrus Heights Councilman Mel Turner, known for his warm leadership and deep voice, has died in office after battling pancreatic cancer for more than a year.

Following Turner’s passing on the morning of April 20, a ceremony was held at noon on Thursday in honor of the councilman, attended by more than 100 community members, staff, and city leaders.

by · April 20, 2017 · City Hall, Community