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Draft EIR prepared for Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update

The County of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the lead agency, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The DEIR is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the CEQA guidelines. This DEIR is available for public and agency review […]

Grand Jury applications available

Beginning now, the citizens of El Dorado County once again have the opportunity to become a part of the 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury of El Dorado County. The Grand Jury is an excellent vehicle for committed men and women to keep government close to and responsible to all of our county’s citizens. Applicants must be […]

County releases results of Divide Business Walk

COOL — The El Dorado County Office of Economic Development, in partnership with the Divide Chamber of Commerce, released a report Thursday on their joint Business Walk in the communities of Georgetown, Cool, Pilot Hill, Garden Valley and Greenwood. A summary of the report shows 68 percent of business owners on the Divide identified business […]

Housing plan wins state approval

El Dorado County’s housing plan has been certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The “2013-2021 Housing Element Update” is the county’s plan for addressing the housing needs of residents of all income levels in the unincorporated areas of the county. State Housing and Community Development Assistant Deputy Director Glen Campora […]

Join a fed group

El Dorado County is accepting applications for its new Federal Coordination Advisory Committee. Various provisions of federal law mandate that federal agencies “coordinate” certain activities with local agencies before making decisions which may impact local government. It is important that county government track and analyze federal decisions in order to timely invoke the right of […]

County bridge program presentation scheduled

The Community Development Agency Transportation Division is hosting a public presentation on the El Dorado County Bridge Program. The county has 79 county maintained bridges. Routine maintenance of these bridges is performed by the county’s bridge crew as recommended by Caltrans bridge inspection reports. The county currently has 25 of the 79 county maintained bridges […]

Parks, recreation and tourism workshops for the South Shore

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — El Dorado County, Douglas County and the city of South Lake Tahoe are hosting two community workshops on Dec. 11-12 to discuss the role that outdoor recreation plays in enhancing tourism and community livability for the South Shore. This is a great opportunity for residents to share their insights about parks, […]

Clear Creek bridges meeting set

County transportation staff will hold a meeting 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Pleasant Valley Middle School about the Clear Creek Road Bridge Replacement Projects. The Transportation Division is proposing to replace the two bridges over Clear Creek north of Sly Park Road in the Pleasant Valley area. According to senior civil engineer Thor Larsen, the […]

Certified Farmers’ Market safe, direct and healthy

With the increase in illegal roadside vending, the Protect Local Growers Campaign encourages the public to discover the benefits of Certified Farmers’ Markets. At a Certified Farmers’ Market, consumers can be certain that the farmer selling the produce is the same farmer who grew the produce. The markets are certified through the county Agriculture Department. […]

County adopts budget

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors conceptually adopted a $587 million budget for fiscal year 2013-14 at a special budget hearing held Sept. 16. Chief Budget Officer Laura Schwartz presented the numbers to the supervisors. Focusing on the General Fund, which pays for many of the county’s discretionary programs, Schwartz highlighted an $11 million […]

Weber Creek Bridge maintenance scheduled

The Weber Creek Bridge on the El Dorado Trail will be closed 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 16-19. The El Dorado County Transportation Division Bridge Crew will be conducting an annual safety inspection, and performing any repairs if needed. Equipment on site will prohibit users on the bridge. The trail will remain open on both sides […]

Coalition promotes legal food vending

Public and private organizations participating in the “Protect Local Growers Campaign” are reminding El Dorado County residents that roadside food vending is illegal, and potentially unsafe. So what does it take to legally sell agricultural commodities or processed food items in El Dorado County? “It probably comes as no surprise that legal requirements for agricultural […]

Assistant development chief picked

David Defanti has been selected has the assistant director of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency. Defanti comes to El Dorado County from Sacramento County where he has worked since 2004; most recently as a senior planner. In Sacramento he was responsible for the general plan update and growth management strategy, housing element update, […]

County invites comment on General Plan policy

Prompted by resident concerns over proposed housing developments, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is asking the public for additional feedback. Supervisors are considering a new policy to guide evaluation of large, privately initiated developments that would require a change to the county General Plan. Staff from the county’s Community Development Agency presented a […]

El Dorado County Sponsors a new Farmers’ Market

Come and purchase lunch and your weekend supplies of fresh, organically grown produce at the El Dorado County Library. Starting Friday, June 14, there will be a new Certified Farmers’ Market open to the public. The Farmers’ Market is the brainchild of El Dorado Risk Management department, which wanted to provide the El Dorado County […]

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Transportation Division director hired from Colorado

Bard Lower, operations manager of the Streets Division of the Colorado Springs Public Works Department, will join the El Dorado County Community Development Agency as the new Transportation Division director. Lower has worked as the Colorado Springs Streets Division manager for nine years where he was responsible for a budget that has ranged from $22 […]

Grand Jury applications sought

The annual opportunity for citizens to take part in the 2013-2014 El Dorado County Grand Jury by submitting their names for possible nomination has arrived. The Grand Jury is an opportunity for committed men and women to keep government close to and responsible to all of the county’s citizens. Applicants must be United States citizens, […]

Pollock-Camino business walk planned

The El Dorado County Office of Economic Development is partnering with the Pollock Pines-Camino Chamber of Commerce and the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on a May 3 Business Walk for the Pollock Pines and Camino communities. The goal of the walk is to take a pulse of businesses in the commercial areas by asking […]

Diamond bypass parkway confab set

The Transportation Division of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency will host a public information meeting about the Diamond Springs Parkway project. The public information meeting is 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 in the board chambers, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. In the works since 1996, the Diamond Springs Parkway is a future […]

County budget looks stable

El Dorado County revenue is up slightly and spending is down according to a report by Chief Budget Officer Laura Schwartz. Schwartz presented the budget report to the Board of Supervisors at a special workshop on Monday, Feb. 25. The “Mid-year Budget Status Report” provides the Board of Supervisors a picture of how well the […]

Electrical testing may interrupt county IT services

The El Dorado County Website and county information technology mainframe applications may be unavailable on Saturday, Feb. 16, possibly extending to Sunday, Feb. 17. PG&E will shut off power to Building B at the County Government Center for approximately 12 hours so the county can test its main electrical switchboard. County facilities staff plan to […]

County closes old Web address

The El Dorado County Information Technologies Department announced that it will no longer maintain an older version of its website address. The website address will be decommissioned on January 31, 2013. The county’s current website address,, will remain unchanged. “We actually switched to the ‘’ address a couple of years ago because it […]

Ponderosa Rd. overlay done

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation completed a blanket patch asphalt overlay on key sections of Ponderosa Road.  The work occurred over approximately three miles between Jackpine Road and Green Valley Road. According to John Edwards, highway maintenance supervisor, the recent project is a follow up to work that occurred three years ago on […]

Ponderosa road overlay completed

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation completed a blanket patch asphalt overlay on key sections of Ponderosa Road. The work occurred over approximately three miles between Jackpine Road and Green Valley Road. According to John Edwards, Highway Maintenance Supervisor, the recent project is a follow up to work that occurred three years ago on […]

Two additional chipmunks test positive for plague in Tahoe area

The El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health was notified this week by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that two additional chipmunks in the South Lake Tahoe area have tested positive for plague. One of the chipmunks was found in the Tallac Historic Site area and one was near the U.S. Forest Service […]

County Solid Waste Plan wins award

The California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) honored El Dorado County with its 2012 Excellence in Environmental Health Award.  The award recognized the county’s outstanding achievements in solid waste planning. “It is easy to take garbage for granted because it’s out of sight, out of mind,” said Gerri Silva, county Environmental Management director. […]

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