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The March 11 Board of Supervisors Consent Calendar drama was unnecessary. It left the perception that the BOS was attempting to bypass public involvement in approving large development projects. The county should not engage large subdivision developers at any level until their projects have been publicly introduced. And none of the projects targeted for Environmental Impact studies, traffic mitigation studies, etc., via the Consent Calendar have even been formally proposed. Not Marble Valley, not Lime Rock Valley, not San Stino, Dixon Ranch or the EDH Specific Plan.
The properties in question have yet to be rezoned. There is no guarantee that the BOS will ever approve the projects. Clearly, the public will not support them: There are four countywide initiatives destined for the November ballot designed to stop them.
So, why should the county spend time and money today assisting developers towards an end that may never happen? The BOS should wait until after the projects have been heard publicly, at least at the Planning Commission level, before spending any more time or money on them.
El Dorado Hills