By From page A5 | December 28, 2012


Maybe our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors should take a lesson from Elk Grove. Its City Council rejected the so-called “mandate” to adopt strict greenhouse gas ordinances.

Therefore, as I keep stating to our Board of Supervisors: We do not have to change our General Plan in order to comply with AB32. Get it? These are voluntary requirements.

The only reason a jurisdiction would straddle these requirements on their people is to make it easier for large developers to slide their projects through the process — without environmental review.

The more dense (green) the project, the easier to get through the process.

I just finished the plans for a building project in Half Moon Bay. They have adopted “sustainable” types of requirements. It was a very small house. It took 21 sheets to complete this project, not counting the fire and grading sheets. It is a flat lot and before “green” it would only take nine to 12 sheets.

Since my client is along Highway 1, I told him sarcastically that he should put a high rise on the parcel and he would not have to meet the same requirements.

Welcome to the new world of “green.” It is not about saving the environment. It is not about health and safety. It is about putting the lobbyist’s widget on every house in California. And in El Dorado County it’s called saddling the cost of high rises, hotels and box stores along our corridors on the back of the tax and rate payers.


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