EDITOR: You’ll have to excuse me for feeling a little cynical regarding the “Diamond, El Dorado plans adopted” article. “Three years in the making” and “staff has done a fantastic job” written next to “the Planned Diamond Parkway goes right through where a new subdivision is planned” and “the outreach didn’t reach out far enough” caught my eye.
So I would like to know what this conclusion from the commission chair means: “This plan is fluid and it’s now up to you to take it and create your own community.” The community thought they were weighing in over the last three years. What exactly is next and has that been made clear to residents?
Our recent experience with county staff determining the scope of work was for the Green Valley corridor traffic study, and that after soliciting community input, staff put all of the community suggestions into an “optional scope” package that they did not recommend, and in fact buried in report verbiage. Citizens speaking out had the issues reinstated and supervisors voted to include the optional package in the final study scope in spite of staffs’ recommendations.
Residents and citizens who participated in this process for Diamond/El Dorado have a sense of security that their concerns and preferences will be addressed. But will they?
ELLEN VAN DYKE