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Model home construction underway at Folsom Ranch

By: Telegraph Staff
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Model home construction is underway at Folsom Ranch with the first models expected to open this summer, with the first new residents moving in this fall.

Taylor Morrison has two neighborhoods totaling 206 home sites. Framing is complete and roofs are being installed on the four model homes which are located north of White Rock Road and east of East Bidwell Street/Scott Road off Mangini Parkway. The two neighborhoods include Azure at Folsom Ranch, with homes from 1,784-to-2,768 square feet, three-to-five bedrooms and two-to-three baths, according to the builder’s website. Taylor Morrison’s Dakota at Folsom Ranch features homes from 1,891-to-3,063 square feet with three-to-four bedrooms and two-to-three-and-a-half baths. For information on the homes being built by Taylor Morrison, call 916-686-7470.

Lennar has two neighborhoods totaling 181 home sites with framing underway on the model homes at Folsom Ranch. According to the builder’s website, Copperwood at Folsom Ranch will feature homes from 2,287-to-3,230 square feet with three-to-five bedrooms and up to three-and-a-half baths. Oakleaf at Folsom Ranch will feature homes from 2,662-to-3,789 square feet with three-to-five bedrooms and up to four-and-a-half baths. More information on the two Lennar neighborhoods can be obtained by calling 916-312-2008.

As the site is built over the next 25-to-30 years, Folsom Ranch is planned to include a variety of housing types for Folsom families and the local workforce. Last month, the Folsom Cordova Unified School District released renderings of the first elementary school planned for the community. The new school is designed as a two-story single building that will accommodate 668 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It is planned to open as early as 2020 based on population needs, according to Matt Washburn, director of facilities and planning for the school district. There are plans for five elementary schools, each immediately adjacent to a 5-acre park site, as well as new middle and high schools. All of the schools are planned to be built at a pace reflecting the construction of new neighborhoods. The construction of the schools will be financially independent and at no cost to existing Folsom residents.

The Folsom Plan Area was the subject of a visioning process instituted by the City of Folsom with hundreds of residents at dozens of public hearings addressing a range of issues including land use, open space, transportation and financing. Their recommendations resulted in scenarios reviewed by the Folsom City Council in 2005, which ultimately evolved into the design adopted by the city seven years later. That design includes more than 1,000 acres of open space; 138 acres of parks; 30 miles of trails that will connect to the city’s extensive trail system; more than 500 acres of contiguous oak woodlands; new schools; a transit corridor and roadway improvements to enhance traffic flow; and up to 8,000 new jobs with a planned jobs/housing balance that will allow many residents to reduce or eliminate their commutes.

The 3,520-acre Folsom Plan Area was annexed into the City of Folsom in 2011. Planned in accordance with Measure W, a ballot measure passed by Folsom voters, landowners secured an independent water supply for the plan area. They are providing transportation improvements to mitigate traffic impacts, preserving 30 percent of the land as natural open space and allowing for new schools, all at no cost to existing Folsom residents. The plan that met those requirements was adopted by the Folsom City Council in 2012 and is available on the City of Folsom’s website.

For more information on Folsom Ranch, visit FolsomRanch.com or call 916-790-9220. Almost 4,000 people – more than 40 percent from Folsom -- have registered at the website to receive updates and additional information as it becomes available.