From Shingle Springs Community Alliance:
On Friday, 11/13/15, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to pass the TGPA/ZOU (General Plan Update/Zoning Ordinance Update or LUPPU). They will come back on 12/15/15 to finalize their vote and clean up any loose ends to prepare for the anticipated lawsuit.
The Board’s approval included rezoning 37,000 parcels in El Dorado County. Rezoning the parcels was done without notifying landowners nor adjacent landowners who would be impacted. The County put the burden of finding the rezoned parcels on citizens. So, during the hearings on November 10, 12, and 13, citizens did point out several parcels that were being rezoned to higher development densities, which is in conflict with the stated goals.
Here is a very concrete example of a rezone to a higher, incompatible density, in Shingle Springs.
- This map shows the intersection of Ponderosa Road and Highway 50. The Board rezoned the 2 north corners of Ponderosa and Highway 50 to an intense commercial zone that is for regional projects, like a Costco (in red with horizontal lines). That will completely destroy our sense of place in Shingle Springs and negatively impact traffic forever.
- Additionally, these commercial parcels are adjacent to Medium Density Residential parcels, which are 1-acre to 5-acres in size (the pink color). A regional project is a very intense use and not compatible with residential homes. Therefore, a request was made to rezone the commercial parcels to a compatible zone, such as Commercial Office or Commercial Light, but that request was ignored.
View video here: https://youtu.be/UhBJKkCZjaA
View submitted document here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SYfsvp_87XZzY2b0pvSGhta2M/view?usp=sharing
Look up parcels here: http://gem.edcgov.us/zoning_luppu/ If you have questions on the map, contact Shawna Purvines, El Dorado County Long Range Planning, (530) 621-5362
- Furthermore, there are already small businesses and offices on these commercial parcels. Changing their zoning to Commercial Regional makes the businesses on the ground incompatible with the zoning. The TGPA/ZOU was NOT supposed to create inconsistencies.
- Lastly, the community of Shingle Springs has been very active in the past several years. Why didn’t the Planning staff or Supervisors tell us about the proposed changes and ask for our input???
This is just one example out of the 37,000 parcels that were rezoned. How many other instances of unnecessary and increased densities were approved without public knowledge?
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Subject: TGPA/ZOU Final vote on 12-15-15
Dear Supervisors Mikulaco, Veerkamp, Ranalli, and Novasel,
I request that you do not approve the rezoning of thousands of parcels in El Dorado County. The rezone at the intersection of Ponderosa Road and Highway 50 is an example of how the community was left out of the process and not informed about the negative impacts to traffic and quality of life from these rezones. Instead of these rezones, I ask that you use our County resources to protect our existing Community Identity in Shingle Springs as a peaceful country community of homes and ranches on acreage.
Thank you to Supervisor Frentzen for voting No on these rezones and the TGPA.