San Stino’s Mill Creek project on hold

Forwarded from Shingle Springs Community Alliance and No San Stino:

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Here’s a quick status of San Stino’s Mill Creek project:

The project has been placed on hold since the passage of Measure E and the county is waiting on the developer on how to proceed with processing it. Rumor has it that Measure E has had an impact on the development due to the already strained road infrastructure surrounding the project.

It is good to hear that all of our efforts to pass Measure E are affecting development projects as intended. It will be up to each community to hold the Board of Supervisors accountable to ensure that Measure E is enforced on projects throughout the county.

Thank you for your time, energy, and donations to pass Measure E!

Frank Verdin, No San Stino, on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino’s Mill Creek, and Stop Tilden Park
Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

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LAST CHANCE – Take Action! Contact Supervisors to stop rezoning Shingle Springs

The Supervisors will take their final action on the General Plan overhaul and Zoning Ordinance Update on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  This is your last chance to make comment on the project.  
Watch this video to learn more about the project:  https://youtu.be/Dr_LRPTiswk

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
PLEASE TAKE ACTION – Write to the Supervisors – Customize our sample email to fit your concerns
 

To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>, shawna.purvines@edcgov.us

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 of Shingle Springs 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.
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[Your Town]

 

Take Action! Contact Supervisors to stop rezoning Shingle Springs

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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
PLEASE TAKE ACTION – Write to the Supervisors – Customize our sample email to fit your concerns
 

To: <bosone@edcgov.us>, <bostwo@edcgov.us>, <bosthree@edcgov.us>, <bosfour@edcgov.us>, <bosfive@edcgov.us>, <edc.cob@edcgov.us>, shawna.purvines@edcgov.us

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.
 
Sincerely,
 
[Your Name]
[Your Town]

 

Urgent – Take action – Write letters to Select Committee on Indian Affairs

Dear El Dorado County residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please take action to fix the broken Fee to Trust process that allows Tribal land to be developed with projects that are detrimental to neighbors, such as the recent RedHawk Casino Tribe’s gun range and motocross projects, and now a proposed HUGE commercial project in a rural residential area. There is no accountability in the current process, however proposed legislation could change that with our help.

The August 27, 2015 letter from Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) to Senator John Barrasso, Chair of the Select Committee on Indian Affairs is linked here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6SYfsvp_87XM2ZSSnZJUGVLSFk/view?usp=sharing The letter explains how the broken system could be fixed by supporting S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, WITH suggested amendments. Without the amendments, S.1879 has no teeth. The proposed amendments would: 1) require that a change in land use shall be subject to review by public and contiguous jurisdictions; 2) require that mitigation measures are legally enforceable, and 3) incorporate stronger language into the bill to build a framework of criteria for the mitigation components. The text and status of S.1879 is available here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1879

More details about the broken Fee to Trust system is here: http://eldoradocouncil.org/land-grab/

Take Action:

Customize the sample letter below and write letters of support for the RCRC amendment:

The Honorable John Barrasso, Chair
Select Committee on Indian Affairs
838 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jon Tester, Ranking Member
Select Committee on Indian Affairs
United States Senate
838 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

RE: S.1879 – SUPPORT IF AMENDED

Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Tester:

I am writing to you in support of S.1879 with the proposed amendments outlined in the August 27, 2015 letter by Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). El Dorado County has become the poster child for the broken Fee to Trust system. Our local Tribe, calling themselves The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, used the Fee to Trust process to put land into Trust to build residential houses and a health facility, which are compatible with the surrounding rural neighborhood. However, now that the application has been approved, the Tribe has shrugged off any accountability and developed detrimental projects on the Trust property, such as a gun range and motocross track, and are proposing a gas station/car wash/mini-mart as part of a 110,000 square foot commercial development. This bait and switch has caused the Tribe to lose its goodwill within the community and earned itself a reputation as a bad neighbor.

Please support S.1879 with the proposed amendments so we can rest assured that Tribes will be held accountable to their requests to develop projects on Trust land.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]