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]

 

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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]

 

Please attend the Board of Supervisors meeting on 11/10/15 to overhaul our current 2004 “voter approved” General Plan and Zoning Ordinance

Dear El Dorado County Residents and Rural Lifestyle Supporters,

Below is a request that was sent to the Board of Supervisors regarding their upcoming meeting to overhaul our General Plan and zoning ordinance.

This project will forever change the rural life style that we enjoy in El Dorado County.  Many individuals have joined together to challenge the County Board of Supervisors in asking them to stop this “process”.  There is a video attached below, pointing out some of the issues of this proposed plan, done in collaboration with many community groups.  Please attend the meeting on 11/10/15 and share your concern with the Board of Supervisors.

The hearing starts at Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chamber on 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA, Building A.

Here is the video:  https://youtu.be/JbP_AlPJ7No


Request for Time Specific Public Comment and to clarify the process for public participation of the Targeted General Plan Amendment & Zoning Ordinance Update at the 11-10-15 Hearing:

Dear Supervisors,

We are requesting that you provide a specific time for public comment BEFORE the Planning Staff starts their presentation EACH DAY.  This will allow working citizens to schedule time off from work to attend the meeting and make their comment. Public participation during the Planning Commission Hearing was very restrained and limited.  The public was frustrated because they had to sit through hours and hours of staff presentations just to have a very restrictive 3 minutes to address this huge, impacting project that will affect our quality of life in El Dorado County forever.  At the Planning Commission hearing, the agenda that was posted was not followed.  We request that the Board hearing be organized better so that the public CAN participate.

See the schedule below that is currently posted on the Long Range Planning webpage.

We are requesting:  1) that the FEIR be addressed separately; 2) that the Significant and Unavoidable Impacts be addressed separately; 3) that the Overriding Considerations be addressed separately; 4) that each section of the Zoning Ordinance be addressed individually;  5) that each element of the General Plan be addressed individually; 6) and most importantly, that the public be provided to comment on each of these individual items.

This listing reflects the above request:

  1. Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR)
  2. Significant and Unavoidable Impacts – all 28 – 41, depending on which document you read
  3. Overriding Considerations
  4. Zoning Ordinance Update
  5. Land Use
  6. Transportation
  7. Housing
  8. Conservation
  9. Open Space
  10. Noise
  11. Safety
  12. Agriculture and Forestry
  13. Public Services
  14. Parks and Recreation
  15. Economic Development

Hearing Schedule:

(Please note that the schedule below shows that the hearing starts at 10am on Tuesday, however the BOS agenda shows 10:30am.  Please clarify.)

http://www.edcgov.us/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/TGPA-ZOU_Main.aspx

Targeted General Plan Amendment & Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU)

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing for the TGPA-ZOU Project and Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) beginning on November 10, 2015 in the Board Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The tentative* outline is below.

*Note: All dates, times and topics listed below are subject to change. Additional dates and topics may be added.  Please check this webpage for updates.

Tuesday, November 10
AM (approx. 10 am to 1 pm) – Project Background and Process
PM (approx. 2 pm to 5 pm) – Project Components focused on Rural Areas – Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Lands

Thursday, November 12
AM (approx. 9 am to Noon) – General Plan policies and Zoning Ordinance items related to community site design and general edits/clean-ups
PM (approx. 1 pm to 5 pm) – Project Components focused on Community Regions

Friday, November 13
The Board Chambers is reserved ALL DAY (approx. 9 am to 5 pm) – Continuation of previous discussions as needed and Board deliberation

To view the Final EIR, click on “TGPA-ZOU Final EIR July 2015” below. Printed copies of Chapters 1 through 8 with a CD of the complete FEIR may be purchased for $35 each by calling 621-4650.

37,000 parcels rezoned without public input in El Dorado County

The Planning Commission heard staff testimony and public comment on Thursday, August 27, regarding the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA/ZOU) and will continue on Wednesday, September 2, at 8:30am.


One thing that became very clear during the hearing is that the County DID NOT make any effort to notify the public about proposed zoning changes to parcels. The small print of the Public Notices in the newspaper and the County’s email notices did not make it clear that it is up to you to research whether or not your parcel or adjacent parcels are proposed to change.


Here is an example: At the hearing, parcels were identified that are proposed to be rezoned to Commercial Regional ( a new zone being created), which is a high-intensity retail commercial zone. However, the parcels are currently zoned Commercial, which is a very broad category that includes light commercial to heavy commercial. If the new zoning is applied, then the parcels will not be considered for light commercial, despite the fact that light commercial is more compatible with the nearby residential properties. Staff acknowledged that property owners did not have input into the decision, nor were the adjacent property owners notified. Staff determined the criteria and proposed changes without property owner input. And the list of 37,000 proposed parcel changes could be full of incompatible rezones.


You can look up the information regarding your parcel here, using either your parcel number or street address: http://gem.edcgov.us/zoning_luppu/ It would also be good for you to click around the map to see if any parcels adjacent to your property are proposed for rezoning.


If you have questions regarding what they are doing with your parcel or nearby parcels, call Shawna L. Purvines, Principal Planner, County of El Dorado, (530) 621-5362 or email at shawna.purvines@edcgov.us
Please attend the meeting. Just tell the Planning Commissioners to vote for NO PROJECT. They have no right to massively amend the voter-approved General Plan or change our historic zoning rights.