By From page A5 | April 04, 2014


Regarding the March 21 Mountain Democrat article “Supes Scotch Development Agreement Team,”

Sea change? Turning of tides? Time will tell. But the good news is that the BOS did listen to public opposition on March 18, and said no to jumpstarting developer projects before they’ve been publicly introduced. They then voted to develop a “framework” that will combine the board, staff and the public to redefine “Development Agreements” as “County Benefit Agreements.”

Words mean a lot: Replacing “county benefit” for “development” suggests that the public is now viewed as having an equal voice in determining land use planning outcomes.

The county’s Economic Development Advisory Committee should take warning. As should supervisory candidates running on EDAC’s agenda. At the end of the day, the question that will be asked of EDAC, of the developer’s new initiative and of supervisory candidates, “Will your actions stop the development of large subdivisions, protect water resources and prevent further gridlock on Highway 50 and county roadways?”

If not, then your agenda will be rejected for failing to truly provide sustainable county benefits.

El Dorado Hills

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