GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT / ZONING UPDATE – INFORMATION and TIMELINE

Protect RURAL El Dorado County – Attend the August 27, 2015 Planning Commission hearing.  Click here.

 

CHECK ON THE PROGRESS OF THE EL DORADO COUNTY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE HERE:

HTTP://WWW.EDCGOV.US/GOVERNMENT/
LONGRANGEPLANNING/LANDUSE/TGPA-ZOU_MAIN.ASPX

 

THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE IS REFERRED TO AS
LUPPU – LAND USE POLICY PROGRAMMATIC UPDATE

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS HERE:

GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND ZONING UPDATE – BOS 9/25/12
GENERAL PLAN/ZONING DRAFT DOCS REVISED 10/1/12‏

 

OCTOBER 1, 2012

ALL DOCS UPDATED AT COUNTY SITE (click here)

 September 28, 2012 

The draft docs and maps are in the process of being updated.  They will replace all the prior docs/maps from May 2012.  They should be up on the LUPPU site soon.

Here is the Zoning Update doc presented at the 9/24/12 BOS meeting for review– Staff said it is not the final doc, but close to it.

7D1%20-%20Revised%20Draft%20Zoning%20Ordinance%209-24-12.pdf

 FYI:  Animal keeping and processing was updated.

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 Already know what you are doing, then go directly to the LUPPU site here:

Land Use Policy Programmatic Update Page

 Not Sure what it’s all about, then start by downloading these resolutions:

General Plan Amendment and Zoning Change Resolutions:  THEY SUMMARIZE CHANGES THAT ARE IN THE COMPLETED DRAFT GEN PLAN AMENDMENT AND DRAFT ZONING UPDATE.

 Here’s the links to the 2004 docs (to compare)

LINK TO CURRENT 2004 GENERAL PLAN (CLICK HERE)

LINK TO CURRENT 2004 ZONING ORDINANCES (CLICK HERE)

WORKSHOP SCOPING MEETING HIGHLIGHTS:

SOC recommends you go to one of these scoping workshops to ask questions about the maps and the text content (after presentation).  They are complex– The maps use different color coding than what was used in the 2004 versions, and the Gen Plan Land designations have been renamed.  There are several graphs in the text documents that are confusing. County Staff can help you figure out what you are looking at and what your property is NOW listed as

June 21: Camino.  Sue Taylor inquired about CEQA, Kerr discussed no donut properties for ag opt-in, Ranch Marketing concerns, support for changing Camino area from Community Region to Rural Region.

June 20: Fairplay.  Wine county folks asked about the impact road regulations have on events at their properties, and about the ag setbacks.  Also, Kerr brought up an important point  in regards to scoping letters.  County staff will pay more attention to a scoping letter concern if 100 people write in about it. Her exact words were “Volume counts.”

June 18:  Greenwood.  Good presentation.  Kim Kerr clarified the Ag Opt in letters.  If you received an Ag Opt-in letter and chose to opt in, that doesn’t mean you will be opted in.  It’s going to be based on volume of request for that area.  Kerr said, “We won’t do pocket parcels.”  That means you will need to get together with your neighbors and all opt in, or opt out.  The BOS will decide on it all during the final workshops. FYi, Greenwood has a really nice Community Center.

June 7: El Dorado Hills. Standing room only crowd at the EDH Scoping Meeting. After some heated exchanges between staff and attendees, the public was allowed to ask questions and discuss concerns. Staff also had computers set up to help individuals look up property and clarify gen plan and zoning changes. Big item of concern was allowing high density projects into low density areas along the Green Valley Road corridor.

May 30:  Union Mine High School.  Per El Dorado County Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr, only covered how the scoping process worked.  Questions about concerns you have in the Draft Gen Plan or Draft Zoning docs will not be addressed at these meetings.  There will be a short amount of time after Kerr’s presentation to look at maps and talk with county staff about scoping procedure. Click here for Mt. Dem article

 

All Notice of Preparation (NOP) comments must be written and include specifics regarding significant negative impact to:

1.   Aesthetics

2.   Agricultural Resources

3.   Air Quality

4.   Biological Resources

5.   Cultural Resources

6.   Geology and Soils

7.   Hazards and Hazardous Materials

8.   Hydrology/Water Quality

9.   Land Use/Planning

10. Mineral Resources

11. Noise

12. Population/Housing

13. Public Services

14. Recreation

15. Transportation/Traffic

16. Utilities/Service Systems

17. Manatory Findings of Significance

18. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

NOTE:  IF YOU USE THE FORM ON THE COUNTY SITE, YOU ONLY HAVE 1000 CHARACTERS TO FILL IT OUT.  BETTER TO WRITE IT ALL UP AND SEND VIA AN EMAIL,  REGULAR MAIL, OR DROP OFF AT THE COUNTY

Written comments may also be sent to Shawna Purvines, Senior Planner, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667 or TGPA-ZOU@edcgov.us

These 2 docs have the complete text of the above list (if you can’t open here, then go to county link and download there).

 

The bottom line: How your property is now designated will more than likely change after the General Plan Amendment and Zoning Update is completed. These changes will hugely impact your rural community, especially if your are inside a community region because those areas are increasing dwelling units per acre to 30 (in some areas).

The current rural nature of the towns of El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Camino, Pollock Pines, Cedar Grove, Shingle Springs, El Dorado Hills, and others will be adversely impacted to allow high density growth.

NOW is the time to check on what changes will occur to your property, and neighborhood, and make written comments through the Scoping Process.

For all the links to the documents, go to the Land Use Policy Programmatic Update Page,  and it will link you to the General Plan Amendments Draft and Zoning Update Draft documents.

NOTE – THESE DRAFT DOCUMENTS ARE WRITTEN IN A ‘NEW ARTICLE FORMAT’.  YOU WILL HAVE TO READ THROUGH THEM TO COMPARE THEM TO THE CURRENT ADOPTED 2004 GEN PLAN & ZONING DOCS.

Some Key changes under consideration:

  • Within Community Regions – 30% slope rule eliminated, 30% open space rule eliminated (offsite mitigation or elimination at the will of the board), density increase for dwelling units per acre, loss of right to farm, streamlining CEQA for high density projects (you don’t have to conform to CA environmental laws if a sustainable high density project is built), planned developments are not required… SOC has not been able to figure out if farm animal keeping will be allowed in a Community Region, and if it is, then loss of right to slaughter farm animals on your residential (R1, R1A, R2A, R3A, RE-5, RE-10) property (see Article 4-17.40.080).
  • Outside Community Regions – loss of right to slaughter farm animals on your residential (R1, R1A, R2A, R3A, RE-5, RE-10) property (see Article 4-17.40.080), additional industrial and commercial use in Agricultural areas… (updated 9/28/12)
  • Op- in to Ag designation – To keep your Ag status, you have request to opt in. There is a map showing parcels that can do this. Final decision is the BOS.
  • Other changes – allow mass pad grading without a project (shovel ready)… SOC was at several Regulatory Reform Committee meetings and this was brought up, but is still looking for the language in draft docs.
  • General Plan Amendment and Zoning Change Resolutions- SOC RECOMMENDS YOU DOWNLOAD AND READ THESE RESOLUTIONS.  THEY SUMMARIZE CHANGES THAT ARE IN THE COMPLETED DRAFT GEN PLAN AMENDMENT AND DRAFT ZONING UPDATE.

 

SAMPLE CONCERN: THE ANIMAL RAISING AND KEEPING SECTION SHOWN BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE OF CHANGES THAT ARE NEW TO THE DRAFT ZONING UPDATE. SOC HAS HIGHLIGHTED A PART IN YELLOW SHOWING THE “NOT PERMITTED” RESIDENTIAL ZONES R1, R1A, R2A, R3A, RE-5, RE-10 (PREVIOUSLY ALLOWED). (9/28/12 – updated to allow. See new matrix)

Note: May 15th the BOS approved the scoping process, but the draft Notice Of Preparation EIR and Environmental Checklist was not filed or available for public viewing until May 25th.  The draft Gen Plan doc and Zoning Update docs were not available to the public until the May 25th. All the Draft maps were not available for public viewing until late afternoon of May 30th… the day of the first scoping meeting.
SOC feels this delay in providing the public with the documents is a legitimate and significant concern to address in the scoping process.
Also– after the scoping process is done and the final EIR is completed, we get to do the comment process all over again for the FINAL EIR COMMENT PERIOD. 
SOC inquired at the May 30 scoping meeting as to whether the draft scoping comments would be available to the public to view.  County staff did not confirm our request. SOC thinks it would be good for the public to have access to those comments, so that we can learn from everyone.  Please bring up that concern if you think we should be able to view the public comments for the draft EIR.

Disclaimer: SOC is learning all this along with you.  If information is wrong, let us know and we’ll correct it.  Send us an email at edcsoc@live.com   We’d like to start a list of concerns that others can reference, so the comment process is not as complicated.
 
—TO MAKE A COMMENT—

Scoping Begins for General Plan and Zoning Update

MAY 16, 2012

CONTACT – SHAWNA PURVINES, EL DORADO COUNTY

530-621-5362

El Dorado County has scheduled a series of meetings to collect public comment on the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The environmental scoping meetings were announced following the Board of Supervisors approval of the Notice of Preparation for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance update on May 15.

The Notice of Preparation formally states the county’s intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance update. The purpose of scoping meetings is to request public feedback on the range of environmental issues that should be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report. State law requires the scoping period to last 30 days, and a minimum of one daytime meeting for public agencies and citizens to comment on the project scope.

“There is a lot of interest in this project, so we are going above and beyond to collect feedback,” said Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr. “We have extended the comment period to 45 days, created an online comment form, and have scheduled an additional seven evening scoping meetings throughout the county.”

The public is invited to attend the following meetings:

May 30, 2012
Union Mine High School Library
6530 Koki Lane
El Dorado, CA 95623
6PM to 7:30PM

June 7, 2012
El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion
1021 Harvard Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
6PM to 7:30PM

June 18, 2012
Greenwood Community Center
4401 Highway 193
Greenwood, CA 95635
6PM to 7:30PM

June 20, 2012
Pioneer Park Community Center
6740 Fairplay Road
Somerset, CA 95684
6PM to 7:30PM

June 21, 2012
Camino School Old Gym
3060 Snows Road
Camino, CA 95709
6PM to 7:30PM

June 25, 2012
Lake Valley Fire Protection District Station 7
2211 Keetak Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA. 96150
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

June 27, 2012
Cameron Park Community Center
2502 Country Club Drive
Cameron Park, 95682
6PM to 7:30PM

June 28, 2012
El Dorado County
Planning Commission
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667
9:00 AM

JULY 10, 2012 LAST DAY TO SUBMIT SCOPING COMMENTS

July 16,17,18,19 2012 WORKSHOPS TO FINALIZE DRAFT DOCS

Scoping comments will be due to the county 45 days after the Notice of Preparation is filed with the state. At the conclusion of the scoping period, the Board of Supervisors will consider the public comments before providing to direction to staff on the Environmental Impact Report. The public will have additional opportunity to comment on the draft Environmental Impact Report.

After it is filed with the state, the Notice of Preparation as well as the online comment form will be available