Action Alert! Sign Ordinance at 5/28 Planning Commission

Fellow El Dorado County citizens,

Please take action and request the Planning Commission to continue the May 28, 2015 hearing on the Sign Ordinance due to the fact that an updated list of changes (an errata sheet) has not been provided to the public for review in a timely manner.

According to the minutes from the hearing on March 26, staff promised to provide a list of changes:

“Ms. Purvines notified the Commission that instead of re-writing the Sign Ordinance Update, they would be providing an errata sheet showing the Commission’s recommended changes.”

As of May 23, a proposed errata sheet has not been posted on the County’s website for the hearing on May 28. With the Memorial Day holiday on May 25, there will not be adequate time for the public to receive, review, and make comment on a proposed errata sheet prior to the May 28 hearing. It is premature for staff to recommend that the Planning Commission adopt resolutions and approve the final draft of the Sign Ordinance when the public has not had a chance to review recommended changes.

Here is a link to the minutes from the March 26 hearing on the Sign Ordinance where you can read many of the questions and concerns that were raised at the meeting:
https://eldorado.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=3729286&GUID=64C18CF4-0542-4221-B87B-EB2C855247FE

The latest update from the County regarding the Sign Ordinance is available here: http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/Sign_Ordinance_Update.aspx

Please attend the May 28th meeting if you can.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 8:30am
Planning Commission Hearing Room
2850 Fairlane, Building C
Placerville, CA 95667

If you cannot attend the meeting, please send an email to the Planning Commissioners.

Below is a sample email to customize to express your concerns.

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To: rich.stewart@edcgov.us, gary.miller@edcgov.us, tom.heflin@edcgov.us, dave.pratt@edcgov.us, brian.shinault@edcgov.us; charlene.tim@edcgov.us

Subject: Sign Ordinance, May 28 agenda #2, File #13-0086

Dear Planning Commissioners,

I am requesting that you continue the May 28 hearing on the Sign Ordinance due to the fact that a proposed errata sheet of recommended changes has not been posted for public review. Remember that you are doing the business of El Dorado County citizens and that transparency is imperative to creating an ordinance that will be supported by residents.

Thank you,

[your name]
[your town]

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Countywide Town Hall Meeting on WATER – MAY 7, 2015

“Out Here, Whiskey’s For Drinkin’ … and Water’s for Fightin’ Over”

California Drought image

As the above quote by Mark Twain jokes, water is a hot topic and will become more so as we move into summer – and as the drought continues. Sierra Foothill Democrats are hosting a community-wide, non-partisan, town hall meeting to discuss water issues of concern to us all. Here is an opportunity to hear two perspectives (statewide and local) on our water problems; how we got here, where we’re at and what the future may hold.

David Abelson, an environmental attorney, former Deputy Attorney General for California, will present a brief history on water in California. Alan Day, a member of the EID Board of Directors and a Director on the El Dorado Water and Power Authority, will discuss our county’s current water issues and what the future may hold.

Time will be provided for questions and answers. You are invited to attend this very important and informative community town hall meeting:
When: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cameron Park Community Services District
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

To make the most of our time together, and to ensure your questions/concerns are addressed, please email any water questions you may have to:
Charlet Burcin at charlet331@gmail.com

For all other questions, please contact
Chris Berry, Chair
Sierra Foothills Democratic Club
buster.berry@sbcglobal.net
(916) 337-6049

Reminder: Town Hall Meeting, Wed, April 29 – Please attend!

Don’t just wait for the bulldozers – join us: 

When:       Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:         6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where:      Cameron Park Community Services District
                     2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Tell a friend!

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The El Dorado County General Plan and
Zoning Ordinance Amendments:
Facts and Fiction

The County Board of Supervisors is considering amendments to our general plan and zoning ordinances that could significantly affect how properties, neighborhoods, region boundaries, and open spaces are designated. Don’t be fooled, these amendments could negatively impact zoning, traffic, open space, noise, water – all of which shape the quality of life we now enjoy. The current rural nature of the towns of El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and others are being threatened.

A community town hall meeting to discuss these issues will be held on:

When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cameron Park Community Services District
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Come learn how the amendments affect traffic, zoning, open space, and more. Forward this to a friend and help spread the word.

Sponsored by:
Citizens for Responsible Development in El Dorado Hills www.Citizens4SensibleDevelopment.org
and
Save Our County
www.SaveOurCounty.net

Get on our Email list for updates, and tell a Friend!

Town Hall Meeting, Wed, April 29 – Please attend!

The El Dorado County General Plan and
Zoning Ordinance Amendments:
Facts and Fiction

The County Board of Supervisors is preparing to approve amendments to our general plan and zoning ordinances that could significantly affect how properties, neighborhoods, region boundaries, and open spaces are designated. Don’t be fooled, these amendments could negatively impact zoning, traffic, open space, noise, water – all of which shape the quality of life we now enjoy. The current rural nature of the towns of El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, and others are being threatened.

A community town hall meeting to discuss these issues will be held on:

When:  Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time:    6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Cameron Park Community Services District
2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

Come learn how the amendments affect traffic, zoning, open space, and more. Forward this to a friend and help spread the word.

Sponsored by:
Citizens for Responsible Development in El Dorado Hills www.Citizens4SensibleDevelopment.org
and
Save Our County
www.SaveOurCounty.net

Get on our Email list for updates, and tell a Friend!

Request for clarification: 3-17-15 Board of Supervisors Meeting

Subject: Agenda clarification request

Dear Supervisors-

Yesterday’s regular meeting of the Board, held in EDH, included a staff update on the General Plan update. I have two fairly serious issues with what occurred during the meeting. The first regards the Brown Act and the effort to restrict public comment during the hearing. A copy of both the 3/17/15 agenda page and California Gov Code (CGC) 54954.3 are attached below.

I would like clarification as to
1) why this update was not considered to be ‘on the agenda’
2) why a staff update would not qualify as “an item of interest to the public” per CGC
3) how the public was to ‘know’ that they would not be allowed to comment on the issue. It was after all, listed on the agenda and we are asked not to comment during Open Forum on items on the agenda.

Second, during this update, a number of VERY misleading statements were made by staff. Without the opportunity for the public to comment, those misconceptions just ‘hang’ out there, breeding misinformation on an already controversial issue. This occurred previously during discussion of Measure Y, the TDM, and traffic Levels of Service, and the misconceptions were never corrected in public. Here are a few of the points made in hearing yesterday and subsequently refuted by Sue Taylor and John Hidahl:
1) ‘The TGPA/ZOU update does not increase density’ – note that the RDEIR itself refutes this, as has been pointed out in submitted public comments
2) ‘no new entitlements are being granted’ – over 37,000 parcels are being rezoned; there are entitlements being granted whether parcels are created or not.
3) ‘This update is not changing the General Plan – we’re just amending it’ which was repeated about 5 times by Supervisor Mik and confirmed by staff’s Dave Defanti. Regardless of the fact that ‘to amend’ something IS to change it, the TGPA/ZOU is a massive overhaul and ‘targeted’ or not, the policy changes are sweeping.

While the Board eventually relented under pressure and allowed a few insistent people to comment (thank you), more residents would have commented if not for your suppression. I would like to know if this manner of placing things on the agenda will continue, and would like to request greater clarity in the future.

You have been informed of the way staff is misrepresenting the facts to both you and the public.

Please include this comment in the administrative record for the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update.

Thank you-
Ellen Van Dyke

from Ca Gov Code 54954.3:
CA GOV CODE 54954-3

Agenda page 6:
Agenda page 6 3-17-15