Come to the last Board of Supervisors meeting of 2015 on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am. The Supervisors have a track record of loading the last agenda of every year with many items that will negatively impact our quality of life in El Dorado County. This year is no different. WE NEED YOU THERE!
There will be several opportunities throughout the day to make comment to address the Board of Supervisors and their lack of representation. Therefore, please plan your day to arrive around 9:00 am, and then stay for most of the day.
Chairman Veerkamp may attempt to cut off public comment. We ask that you NOT be intimidated and stand up for your right to speak. Here are some facts:
- The Board (all but Supervisor Frentzen) has tentatively approved staff’s overhaul of our voter-approved General Plan and Zoning Ordinance, along with rezoning 37,000 parcels without notifying property owners or their neighbors. The Board will officially approve this at 1:00 pm on Tuesday. Click here for a video about the impacts of this approval: https://youtu.be/Dr_LRPTiswk
- The Board (all but Supervisor Frentzen) has voted to change their calendar in 2016 so that they only have regular meetings (requiring 72-hour notice) on every other Tuesday and then pick arbitrary days for Special Meetings (requiring 24-hour notice). Not only does this reduce the public’s access to the Supervisors, it creates inconsistency, uncertainty, and chaos for the public and County staff.
- Developers have prepaid for new roads in El Dorado Hills and they expect to be paid back. This includes the $18,000,000 paid by Angelo Tsakapolous to build the Silva Valley-White Rock Road interchange connecting El Dorado Hills to Elk Grove. That debt was supposed to stay in El Dorado Hills. The Board tentatively voted on Monday, December 7, 2015, to allow for development fees from throughout the county to pay for that debt.
- The Board voted 5-0 to file litigation against the Auditor Controller for withholding payment of funds that may or may not be tied up in litigation.
- The Board voted to extend a contract with a law firm that specializes in Eminent Domain, which has been used against citizens with increasing frequency in the County.
- The overhauled General Plan encourages higher density mixed use on commercial zoned lands. County Staff has expanded commercial zones with zero lot setbacks throughout the county and high density residential is allowed on commercial zoned parcels without commercial development required.
- The General Plan pushes growth into Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs, and El Dorado Hills. But one of the options of the TIM fee reductions pushes growth into the rural areas. WHAT THE HECK? Why are we paying millions of dollars to consultants to come up with these conflicting scenarios?