Take Action – Shinn Ranch map extension

Shinn Ranch location map
Shinn Ranch location map

The Shinn Ranch project’s tentative map time extension is on the Board of Supervisors agenda for July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  Many circumstances have changed since the original map was approved in 2007, and the surrounding community is asking for the map extension to be denied.  See detailed explanation below.

The County’s files are available here:

The proposed project includes 141 single-family houses on 167 acres, which will add approximately 1,400 car trips to Mother Lode Drive daily.

Please attend the Board of Supervisors meeting to request that the map extension be denied:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 95667

To send in your comments via email, send to:

Supervisor Mikulaco <bosone@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Frentzen <bostwo@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <bosthree@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Novasel <bosfive@edcgov.us>,
Supervisor Ranalli <bosfour@edcgov.us>,
Clerk of the Board <edc.cob@edcgov.us>

Subject:  Shinn Ranch, File #07-1802, Agenda Item #49

The Shinn Ranch map extension is being appealed to the Board of Supervisors based on the grounds that the project approval violates California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the applicable general plans and zoning laws, and that the comments submitted to the Planning Commission contained
accurate statements of significant legal violations that were not addressed by the Planning Commission at the hearing.

In addition to the legal violations not addressed previously, the following are additional facts which must be addressed regarding this time extension, approval of which indicates that these concerns should have been considered when the tentative development was approved in 2007.

1. Measure E approval (June 2016)
The approval of Measure E reinforces Measure Y, which should therefore have been applied and still applies to this project.

2. Fire safety for nearby properties-health and safety hazard
There is no water supply, fire hydrants, nor any egress on the narrow roads leading to the existing 38 homes/56 parcels on Kingvale Road, Concept Mountain Rd, Kingvale Court, and Wildcrest Road south of the planned development. This tentative development and the planned new homes increases the chances of a fire occurring. With the current plans using Kingvale road, this causes a huge bottleneck for all residents relying on Kingvale road as their only exit. The project should have mitigated the reality of fire for all the residents beyond the project on Kingvale road which have no way of protecting themselves from this hazard. The planners chose to use their only exit.

3. Indian burial sites
The local Native Miwok tribal Communities submitted the following comments to county planning: “We have serious concerns of possible burial sites that may exist and are purposely obscured. The tentative map does provide for ” … in the event of human remains are encountered … ” which would be considered inadvertent discovery. This is very different from original knowledge of same prior to any discovery during construction. This is not acceptable and disrespectful to cultural ancestors and the disturbance of any remains. There are not typically any markers with Indian burial sites, but, the area would be considered sacred and should be preserved as sanctuary. More time is needed to research and respond to this issue. The secondary problem is that excavation of these burial grounds will reintroduce Valley Fever and other ratified diseases to the surrounding community. This is a health and safety issue for the community. Apparently there is no study or plan to contain this disease once it is airborne.

4. Notification of affected properties
In 2007 when this tentative map was approved, notification was made in the newspaper, but a limited number of adjacent property owners were notified. At that time, notification was required if property was within 500 feet of the planned development. Currently, the requirement is one mile. Some residents claim they did not receive these notifications. We’re they sent certified? Tom Shinn owned 3 of the properties affected at that time, maybe more.  A full background would need to be done in order to verify. Many residents do not subscribe to the Mountain Democrat. Word of mouth is not an appropriate vehicle for notification.

5. Existing deed restrictions- Shinn Ranch Road properties
A deed restriction was attached to deeds signed by Tom Shinn and Linda Lou Fine when the Shinn Ranch Road properties were sold. These existing properties are adjacent to the tentative map. Restrictions include:
• Dwelling must be a minimum of 2600 sq. ft (exclusive of garage)
• Second dwellings not to exceed 1200 sq ft.
• No manufactured or modular dwellings except during construction
• No track or course for bikes, quads, motorcycles
• Only domestic livestock allowed (no excessively noxious or noisy animals)
Changes to these restrictions requires written consent of all adjoining property owners bordering a Shinn Ranch Road property. The 5 and 10 acre parcel owners on Shinn Ranch Road have concerns over how the tentative development is in opposition to these restrictions, especially the home square footage restriction. There are also similar deed restrictions for all properties north of old timer lane to Mother Lode. This development does not fit within the existing CC & R’s. Nor does it fit within the existing neighborhood.

6. Increased traffic Kingvale Road
Access is already difficult and dangerous at Shinn Ranch Road, Kingvale and on an already dangerous thoroughfare, Mother Lode Drive, especially when the sun glare is brightest turning west on Mother Lode off Kingvale in the late afternoon. Several have been injured or killed at Kingvale and Mother Lode Drive.  Follow up with CHP for data as it appears this was also not taken into consideration. The proposed deceleration and turn lanes added as part of this project won’t handle the added traffic. Mother Lode is a narrow two lane road. Apparently planning failed to study the impact to the existing residents already using Kingvale road. This development only makes this intersection more dangerous for the existing communities. This development should NEVER have access to Kingvale road due to the added risk, traffic and inconvenience to the existing residents who only have one way into their homes. It is also a private, maintained road by the residents of Gold Country, whom bare. the full cost of road maintenance.

7. County to pay for infrastructure?

Since the County has constructed an Animal Shelter at another location since the approval of this project, all references to the County reimbursing the developer, such as “The applicant and El Dorado County shall enter into a reimbursement agreement in the event that this development occurs prior to El Dorado County construction of the roads for the Animal Shelter,” should be removed.  The County should not be responsible for providing the infrastructure for this project. 

8.  Drainage

Much of the drainage mitigation is to be determined after approval of the project, which is a violation of CEQA.  It should have been required of the applicant to show that adequate drainage is possible with the amount of homes being proposed to ensure that the neighboring properties will not be impacted by future drainage issues.

9. Quality of life.

Noise, light and air pollution, crime. Destroys rural atmosphere we all enjoy.


Roundabout in Front of Poor Reds?

January 9, 2014Roundabout

Staff from the Community Workshop sponsored by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) spoke with local residents about a roundabout option as one of three possible intersection improvements for downtown El Dorado.

El Dorado County resident George Turnboo who owns an automotive repair shop at the intersection expressed his concerns with staff regarding the roundabout.

The workshop was the final community meeting to discuss the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan.

Information on the plan here http://www.edctc.org
-Click on Projects
-Select Diamond Springs-El Dorado Area Mobility and LIvable Community Plan

On March 30, 2011, the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) submitted an application to Caltrans for a 2011/2012 Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant to fund the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan. On July 26, 2011, Caltrans notified EDCTC that the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan had been selected for funding in Fiscal Year 2011/2012 with an award of $250,000. On June 28, 2012, the EDCTC Board awarded a consulting contract to Mark Thomas & Company, Inc. to work with EDCTC, El Dorado County, El Dorado Transit Authority, Caltrans, and the community to develop the Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan.

The Diamond Springs and El Dorado Area Mobility and Livable Community Plan (Community Transportation Plan) will address mobility issues in the communities of Diamond Springs and El Dorado. The project will utilize the most current information available to perform a focused analysis of traffic operations in the project area, including key intersections on State Route 49 and local roads. The Community Transportation Plan will also identify the role, function, and performance of State Route 49, local roads, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities in providing for the safety and mobility of all users of the transportation system. It will also identify improvements to the transportation system and the scope and estimated cost of those improvements that will improve mobility, air quality, and parking in downtown areas while providing people with more mobility choices, including safer routes to school and complete streets. The Community Transportation Plan will also analyze how the relationship between improvements to the transportation system, economic development, and the preservation of cultural, historic, and environmental assets can result in a more livable community with a vibrant economy for years to come.


Public involvement and outreach are major components of the Community Transportation Plan. Involving the public in the plan will be accomplished through the formation of a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, public meetings, and meeting with individual members of the public and interested groups as necessary. In an effort to involve a broad range of potentially affected interests, forty-four groups are represented on the Community Transportation Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). The purpose of the SAC is to provide both policy and technical guidance to the EDCTC during the development of the Community Transportation Plan. The SAC’s efforts will be complemented by the technical work of the Project Development Team (PDT) that will include the Mark Thomas & Company consulting team, members of El Dorado County Department of Transportation, El Dorado County Planning Services, El Dorado Transit Authority, EDCTC, SACOG, and Caltrans. The project scope of work assumes a minimum of five SAC meetings and two public open houses.