Please attend – Dixon Ranch at BOS on 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

Forwarded from the Green Valley Alliance:

Dear Green Valley corridor residents and supporters:

Please attend this critical meeting of the Board for the final vote on Dixon Ranch. Help show Supervisors that the proposed density increase on this site is unacceptable. If this project & its 605 homes is news to you, visit the GVA page, https://sites.google.com/site/greenvalleyroadalliance/dixon-ranch, then:

  • Call the Supervisors to express your concerns: If you or friends in Dist 4 voted for Supervisor Ranalli, please remind him of his campaign promise, memorialized in the 9/18/14 Shingle Springs Community Alliance questionnaire and reiterated on his campaign website:

ranalli-questionnaire

Call him and ask if you can count on him Feb 14th to retain the designated land use of the Dixon Ranch site as Low Density Residential.

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. John Hidahl, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650, bosone@edcgov.us
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651, bostwo@edcgov.us
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652, bosthree@edcgov.us
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513, bosfour@edcgov.us
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577, bosfive@edcgov.us
Clerk of the Board: edc.cob@edcgov.us

  •  Visit the new Facebook page ‘Stop Dixon Ranch’ (https://www.facebook.com/stopdixonranch/), to share information and connect with others who oppose the project. Please use your social media skills to help spread the word.

February 14th – yep, Valentine’s Day- if approved, this project will set a precedent for other proposals attempting to upzone lower density land and ignore voter approved Measure E. Don’t let this happen. We don’t say this often, but if you are able, take the afternoon off and be there to hold our electeds accountable. Mark your calendars now: 2pm Tues Feb 14th, 2850 Fairlane Ct Bldg C, Placerville

Ellen Van Dyke for Green Valley Alliance
www.GreenValleyAlliance.org

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COURT RULES AGAINST EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190

COURT RULES AGAINST EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

December 23, 2015, Cameron Park, CA
The El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments project approval has been overturned by the courts, one year after its approval by the Board of Supervisors. The court ruling substantiates the public’s claims that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors abused its discretionary authority when it ignored the El Dorado Hills Specific Plan, the El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Committee, and the El Dorado County Planning Commission, in addition to violating the County’s general plan, density limits, design standards, and the requirement to mitigate impacts to infrastructure in approving the Town Center Apartments project on December 2, 2014.

The following is an excerpt from the ruling handed down December 18, 2015 by the El Dorado County Superior Court on the matter of Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills v County of El Dorado:

“As explained in detail below, the Court finds the administrative record contains substantial evidence that the proposed project might have significant environmental impact that requires further review. The Court finds that the project at issue is a new project, not a modified one and that substantial evidence exists to support a fair argument of significant traffic environmental impacts due to the project, despite existing or planned mitigation. The Court also finds that in approving the project, Respondent has not proceeded as required by law under CEQA.”

The documents and other related information are available here: https://saveourcounty.net/el-dorado-hills-town-center-apartments/

Camino resident Sue Taylor further explained, “Continuing their abuse of discretionary authority, the Board of Supervisors proceeded in a similar action on December 15, 2015 to approve the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA/ZOU). Just like the Board’s action on the Town Center Apartment project, this General Plan and Zoning Ordinance overhaul forces the public to file a lawsuit against the County in order to protect the county’s resources, the voter-approved General Plan, and historic zoning rights. This end-of-the-year action will have an enormous negative impact on the rural nature of El Dorado County.”

“It is just one more example of why we need better representation on the Board of Supervisors,” added Rescue resident Ellen Van Dyke. “Supervisor Mikulaco voted along with Supervisor Veerkamp to approve the Town Center Apartments project last year, ignoring his District 1 constituents’ opposition to the project. The same pattern of disregard and reckless disdain of public input was exhibited by four of the five Supervisors in the recent vote to pass the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance overhaul, in spite of all the flaws pointed out by County residents.”

Shingle Springs resident Lori Parlin stated, “It was almost like déjà vu to see four out of five Supervisors vote to ignore environmental law – again. El Dorado County residents can no longer ignore the clear pattern set by the Supervisors. It is time for voters to take action and replace the current Supervisors with public servants that will represent our County as they promised rather than advocate for special interests.”
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DIXON RANCH – Planning Commission, Dec 10th, 8:30am, 2850 Fairlane Ct, Bldg C – PLEASE COME!

From the Green Valley Alliance:

Please attend this very important Planning Commission hearing on the proposed Dixon Ranch development:

Thursday, Dec 10th, 8:30am, 2850 Fairlane Ct. Bldg ‘C’ Planning Commission hearing room, Placerville

Dixon Ranch is a General Plan amendment, converting 280 acres of low density oak-studded land into a 605-unit high-density housing development. Located behind the strawberry stand on Green Valley Rd, about 44% of the oaks will be replaced with tightly clustered housing. The completed EIR (Environmental Impact Report) goes to Planning Commission for a vote next week (12/10).  This is a sampling of the less-than-reasonable points being made in the EIR:

  1. Traffic on Green Valley Rd will be better after adding these 605 homes 
  2. There is no visual impact resulting from the conversion of this open hillside into high density housing.
  3. There is not enough water for projects that have already been approved, but since water is allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis this project approval is deemed ok. Options listed in the EIR to close any shortfall include building a dam.
  4. The controversial opening of Lima Wy for thru traffic to the project remains optional.
  5. The County continues to deny Caltrans traffic data to avoid the Measure Y limitations protecting us from unacceptable traffic conditions.

The developer is not entitled to proceed with this project – it is a General Plan amendment, and a choice our elected officials will be making.  If you oppose amending the General Plan in order to accommodate this project, you need to attend this hearing. Why?

  • When Planning Commissioners were introduced to the proposed Dixon Ranch project back in February, they concluded it was “a nicely designed project”;  
  • The County’s planning staff is advocating for an approval in spite of continued resident protest; and 
  • The District 1 Planning Commissioner cannot stand up for constituents on this (according to the FPPC-Fair Political Practices Commission- he must recuse himself due to the likelihood of the Lima Way EVA in his neighborhood being opened to thru traffic in order to relieve Green Valley Rd). 

If you support this increase in density and traffic, you’re fine; you can stay home. But if not, you’d better be there to ask Commissioners to please retain the existing low-density land use. Send written comments (contact info below), tell a friend, attend the meeting and bring company, to help object to what is being done to the quiet rural character of our area.

Ellen Van Dyke for GVA

www.GreenValleyAlliance.org

Submit written/email comments to:

Planner: Lillian MacLeod:  lillian.macleod@edcgov.us

Commissioners (Dist 1 is recused) :  Dist 2, Gary Miller:  gary.miller@edcgov.us; Dist 3, Tom Heflin: tom.heflin@edcgov.us; Dist 4, Dave Pratt: dave.pratt@edcgov.us; Dist 5, Brian Shinault: brian.shinault@edcgov.us; Clerk of the Commission: charlene.tim@edcgov.us 

Supervisors (Dist 1 is recused): Shiva Frentzen, bostwo@edcgov.us; Brian Veerkamp, bosthree@edcgov.us; Michael Ranalli, bosfour@edcgov.us; Sue Novacel, bosfive@edcgov.us; Board clerk Jim Mitrisin, edc.cob@edcgov.us

(Notice District 1 is distinctly lacking in representation for this project….)

Link to 12/10 meeting docs, including the EIR’s Final Response to Comments, and other public comments:

https://eldorado.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2524511&GUID=08C68617-1F07-4BDD-9594-7A9F51C64CD9

link to access Draft EIR & Appendices (posted back in Feb for comments):

http://edcapps.edcgov.us/Planning/ProjectInquiryDisplay.asp?ProjectID=18762    

COURT BRIEF FILED IN CASE AGAINST EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR ABUSE OF DISCRETIONARY POWER

For Immediate Release                                        Contact: Sue Taylor (530) 391-2190

COURT BRIEF FILED IN CASE AGAINST EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR ABUSE OF DISCRETIONARY POWER

June 30, 2015, Placerville, CA
The Opening Brief has been filed in the matter of Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills v County of El Dorado. The basis of the litigation can be seen in a copy of the Brief here: http://tinyurl.com/oy66nw2

The abuse of discretion by the Board motivating this legal action is described in Attorney Tom Infusino’s December 1, 2014 letter:

“Given the unusual decision of the Board of Supervisors on November 4 to defy the recommendations of their advisory bodies, and to direct the Planning Department to prepare for project approval, it has become necessary to explain why this project approval is not only ill advised, but also unlawful at this time.”

It is up to citizens to take action and hold officials accountable when they abuse their discretionary power and ignore the law. Citizens for Sensible Development in El Dorado Hills and Save Our County are working together to see that public concerns about the project and its impact on the community are addressed and that environmental law is followed.

Please visit www.Citizens4SensibleDevelopment.org or www.SaveOurCounty.net to find out how you can join the effort to hold the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors accountable for abusing their discretionary power.
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Help stop Parker Development’s control over HOA

Parker Development has been controlling the Board members on the Serrano Home Owners Association.  This has led to the people that own homes in Serrano to have their voices silenced by the developer-backed Board members.  Serrano is turning 20 this year.  It is time that the people that live in the community take charge of their HOA Board.

Please send this information to all of your friends and family living in Serrano.

Suggested votes to take control of the Serrano HOA Board:Serrano HOA election ballot

Here is where you can find more information:
http://jpridemore.com/election/

https://youtu.be/2iOd88baMmk – Who is John Tyler?

https://youtu.be/UVPn5OfflEc – Developer Spending to Influence HOA Election

https://youtu.be/78TzRdei9XE – Unacceptable Developer Control

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

Help Us Stop Rampant Overdevelopment

Everyone in El Dorado County should be concerned:  The Board of Supervisors has shown a pattern of abusing their discretionary powers, leading to poorly planned development.

Please attend this meeting to learn more about what is happening in El Dorado Hills.

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