Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Clearing things up


The Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino, and Stop Tilden Park appreciate the Board of Supervisors holding a discussion of our request for removal of the Community Region Line (CRL) from Shingle Springs and designating the existing commercial, industrial and multi-family zoned areas as the Central Shingle Springs Rural Center at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. (For more information about what a CRL is, see the Community Region Line page at

A number of issues arose in the discussion resulting from misunderstandings about our proposal that need clarification. First, a number of speakers and comments by all of the supervisors assume that removal of the Shingle Springs CRL is in some way in conflict with or would delay adoption of the County’s Land Use Planning Programmatic Update (LUPPU). The CRL proposal is entirely a separate track from LUPPU and can be considered independently. LUPPU can proceed at the same time that the Shingle Springs CRL is modified as requested.

Second, several speakers assumed the false premise that removal of the Shingle Springs CRL would result in displacement of planned growth to other areas of the county leading to physical impacts on the environment such that an Environmental Impact Report would be required. Elimination of potential development that the CRL facilitates in Shingle Springs does not in any way change the land use designations or zoning in other areas of the county. Nor would it change the impacts that development in accordance with those policies would allow. The proposed Rural Center designation for Central Shingle Springs allows for the same type of development as the CRL, but in a more limited area where appropriate zoning, streets and water and sewer service is already in place. Contrary to what developers and their attorneys may say, the General Plan does not mandate that any given amount of development occur, so reduction in one area only means that the total amount of development in the County would be less.

What the General Plan, including LUPPU, fails to consider is that according to its 2012 Water Resources and Service Reliability Report, the El Dorado Irrigation District only has public water available for 2,000 equivalent dwelling units (EDUs) for all types of new development in its Western Slope service area from Shingle Springs to the Sierra divide. Reducing the area slated for high-density commercial and residential development (which is what the Community Region Lines are all about) to areas that are the highest priority and where it is most compatible with the existing development pattern is the most rational response to the fact that water supplies are so severely limited. Other communities seeking development should support Shingle Springs’ proposal that will reduce the potential demand for the limited supply of water that is available.

The Board of Supervisors decided to hold a workshop on June 24, 2013 to discuss alternatives for adjusting or removing CRLs and deferring action on development proposals until the LUPPU process is concluded. We are disappointed that county officials appear determined to delay action on a matter we consider vital to preserving the rural character of the Shingle Springs Community, and will continue to press for timely action. We don’t believe the reasons given for inaction are warranted. There are alternatives that communities throughout the county can unite around if the Board of Supervisors continues to ignore the requests of the citizens of Shingle Springs and other communities within the County to protect their rural lifestyle.

On behalf of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance, No San Stino and Stop Tilden Park

Letters to the Editor


Discussion | 6 comments

  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 22, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Much respect for standing up--doing research--and presenting it to the rest of us, so that we can decide for ourselves.

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  • Ernie LouisMay 22, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    Maybe it was the “old board of supervisors” who bought into the directions of the now de-flunked El Dorado Area Committee ( EDAC) cutting deals with State Agencies and Developers that now expose the new board to legal claims. Somewhere along the line the Board of Supervisors joined “Sacramento’s War on Rural Communities”. Transparency and Accountability is the only way to go. Ernie Louis

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  • WhattheheckMay 24, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Thank you Frank and Lori for your tireless work and keeping everyone up to date on what is happening in Shingle Springs and with the BOS. The BOS can keep "shuffling the deck" in order to keep their committment to the developers, but the people and community are now exposing that relationship. We will never give up on keeping Shingle Springs rural and giving it over to money and greed to pave over and cut down our trees and deface our open fields. The fight has just begun......

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 24, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    The one thing that I keep asking some of our leaders is this...if we have more people living here--doesnt the numbers alone give up the Rural status of El Dorado county? It is like a "flood gate" has been opened to do away with the rural areas. Marketing of "tourism"...if people can not afford their lives--how can they travel? Who exactly are we inviting? Every place that has followed this marketing idea--has paid a huge "price"--this is not about welcoming people...I welcome people...but not floods of people all at once. Good luck Shingle in Pollock--some of our leaders just want to rule--they do not care what a community has to say. Many do not live in the areas that they are deciding for...maybe some of us should put "cameras" and "watch dogs" in front of their houses. Or deliver "colored" paint to their door steps. Or call the sheriff when they have left a wine event after drinking several glasses of wine. The hardest for me--is many of these leaders are--were friends--I respected they are just "selling out."

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  • Keepin It RuralMay 26, 2013 - 10:31 am

    The Shingle Springs residents were very clear at the May 7th BOS meeting. The CRL in Shingle springs needs to removed! Thank you SSCA and NSS for staying the course and leading the way. The number of residents fighting this with you are growing, and more will join the fight as the word continues to spread.

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 26, 2013 - 11:00 am Read. People are fighting back. They will look at those that have brought some of these items into our communities. Read. For my area (Pollock) it is CEDAPP.

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