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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Monday, 12-7-15, Board of Supervisors “Special Meeting”

Dear Supervisors,

The public notice that was emailed on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 is copied below. The email announcement is clearly misleading to the public because it states that the sessions on Monday and Tuesday are only a study session and a workshop. The email announcement does not state that any action will be taken by the Board. However, the agenda for the Special Meeting lists several action items where the Board will be approving specifics of the CIP/TIM fee process and providing direction to staff. On the surface this appears to be a violation of the Brown Act and I request that you be abundantly cautious and do not take any action on this item.

Several of you ran for office on the promise of improving transparency and public involvement. Adding a Monday morning “Special Meeting” to the Board Calendar during the month of December when people are trying to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, is not what most people would consider a step in the right direction toward improving transparency and public involvement. Labeling this Special Meeting as a study session when the Board is actually going to be taking action on items is deceitful.

What is additionally concerning is that the public has requested many times this year that the Board improve its processes so that there is no perception of predetermined outcomes regarding projects. However, holding a Public Workshop on a Tuesday evening AFTER the Board approves several items and provides direction to staff at a Monday morning Special Meeting is exactly the type of predetermined outcome that the public has asked for you to discontinue.

Lastly, it has been noted by the public that many Board meetings in recent months have had minimal agendas and, therefore, led to very short Board meetings. Would it have been at all possible to have managed time better so that this very important item could be heard at a regularly scheduled Board meeting instead of a last-minute Special Meeting, which is virtually impossible for working citizens to attend? The public could perceive this as an intentional move to discourage public participation.

Here is the agenda item for the “study session.” This is not simply a study session. This is a Board agenda item where the Board is taking action and providing staff direction:
3. 14-0245
Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning Division,
recommending the Board consider the following relating to the Major
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM)
Fee Program Update:
1) Determine TIM Fee Zone Geography and TIM Fee Zones;
2) Approve TIM Fee Project List;
3) Provide direction on inclusion or removal of right-of-way, sidewalk,
and curb and gutter from the TIM Fee Program and Frontage
Improvements Ordinance;
4) Provide direction on the percentage allocation of El Dorado County
Transportation Commission State/Federal Grant Projection;
5) Provide direction on relief for secondary dwelling units;
6) Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Resolution of Intent 204-2015
to amend the General Plan, pending review and approval by County
Counsel and Risk Management;
7) Provide direction for TIM Fee revenue annual transfer of funds from
Zone 8 and Zones 1-7 to ensure fair share funding of roadway
improvements;
8) Receive and file Draft TIM Fee Ordinance and Resolution;
9) Receive and file TIM Fee Program Environmental Constraints
Analysis;
10) Approve in concept the draft CIP project list, and discuss and
provide direction on “Unfunded” CIP Projects;
11) Receive and file Public Outreach Summary and Report; and
12) Discuss Project Schedule Information. (Est. Time: 3 Hr.)
FUNDING: TIM Fees and Road Fund.

12-7-15 Study Session and Workshop announcement.PNG

 

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]