Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Parking lot violates law

EDITOR:

Why did the county Facilities Department partake in the construction of an illegal 30-space chip seal parking lot with no city permits at 200 Briw Ridge Road on the east side of the Health and Human Services building located at 3057 Briw Road? Why is the city of Placerville looking the other way on this unsafe and un-permitted illegal parking lot where it was notified one year ago about the non-compliant use and development? A letter and map was sent to several council members, the city manager, the development director and planning commissioners.

During the spring of 2012, this “bootleg” parking lot was constructed on the abutting property to the immediate east of 3057 Briw Road on APN: 325-31-27, also known as 200 Briw Ridge Rd, a dirt driveway. There was no discretionary review by the city Planning Department or Planning Commission, no environmental impact report was performed, oak trees were removed and grading was performed to construct a non-compliant chip seal parking lot of 30 additional parking spaces to serve the 3057 Briw Road property. These improvements are illegal and fail to meet city development standards. The owner of the property to the east is also one of the owners of the Briw Road Investors LLC at 3057 Briw Road property. Once again, the normal city Planning Department process and subsequent public works development standards were circumvented by the county and/or its landlord. The parking lot does not comply with city development standards, landscape standards, city or state Clean Water Act drainage standards, the American Disability Act.

The city’s inconsistent application of its Zoning Ordinance, Land-Use Ordinance and Development Standards creates an unfair and capricious system that treats property owners unequally and goes a step further in granting a “special privilege,” inconsistent with the limitations placed by the city on other properties and property owners within the city.

On the face of it, it appears that the city enforces the maximum city standards and exactions from small property owners and looks the other way when a large influential user such as the county desires to “bootleg” in improvements. This not only is a circumvention of the city Planning and Development Code, it also violates CEQA and many other state rules and regulations.

It subjects residents living on Briw Road to increased and unmitigated traffic, a higher density of vehicles in the area without mitigation which leads to a congestion management problem, increased parking on Briw Road and extreme fire danger as this illegal parking lot immediately abuts fields with weeds, lacks of nearby fire hydrants and creates a dangerous unlighted parking that all in all constitutes a public nuisance.

I’m tired of the double standards.

DARRELL WARREN
Placerville

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Discussion | 24 comments

  • EvelynJuly 01, 2013 - 11:03 am

    . . . and why has this LTE not been published?

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  • Oh BrotherJuly 23, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Wow-only one comment. where is the outrage by the usual bloggers?? Cookie, Fran, Evelyn, James are you all ok?? You all always have an opinion on everything and this one seems pretty important..

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  • FranJuly 23, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Oh brother--sometimes I am overwhelmed by sadness that these mistakes are going to bring down the place my grandson was born into--a place he loves---that even I am at a loss for words.

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  • James E.July 23, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Oh, Brother, I might be able to have an opinion on this if I knew what a chip seal parking lot is??? And is this another follow the money deal?

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 6:24 am

    Oh Brother: What are your own comments on this very good letter?

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  • Oh BrotherJuly 24, 2013 - 9:01 am

    I don't bother anymore..no one stays on subject and there are too many put downs and name calling when you give your opinion. I have come to the point that I just read and keep my thoughts to myself.

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 9:36 am

    OB: The off-putting name calling and put-downs are indeed a barrier to discussion. There are many subjects and points of view that become untouchable, because one knows in advance where they will lead. As for this particular LTE, at the beginning of the month I had noticed that for several weeks it had languished, unpublished. When it finally DID see the light of day, I was quite pleased. Generally my comments are confined to subjects about which I already have some information. In this instance, I had no prior information. However Darrell Warren's letter contains detailed info. which readily can be confirmed. My response: What he writes about conforms to the way the County and City actually work.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Oh Brother, El Dorado County Dept.of Health and Human Services 3057 Briw Rd Placerville, CA 95667 needed more parking. You ask, "Where's the outrage?" My guess is that the County and City LEGALLY waived EIRs yada,yada,yada and saved the taxpayers multiple thousands of dollars. Take a gander in Google Earth. The only beneficiaries of this "improvement" are the staff and patrons needing service from Health and Human services. I'm guessing most approve of this economy.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Sue Taylor - Melody Lane - Evelyn: The County has the authority to waive certain fees etc. Can one or all of you (anybody) inform me further?

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 10:53 am

    I can confirm that "The County has the authority to waive certain fees etc." For more, do your own research for a change!!! Is fee waiver subject to some sort of defined policy and/or formal, known approval process? Why don't you research to see what actually happened in this instance and report back. You'd be doing us all a favor.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 11:17 am

    My take is that the onus is on the people making and pimping the assertion, Parking lot violates law. The knee-jerk acceptance of false allegations is tiresome. The working premise by many on this forum is that EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING and EVERY PROCESS transpiring in this City and County is fundamentally venal, corrupt GOB insider . . . . yada, yada, yada. Who all is in favor of the City and County spending thousands and thousands of tax payer $$$ on meaningless bureaucratic bullShit if said bull$hit can be legally waived. . . .an much can be waived . . . sorry for an "innocent" answer to the insinuations and assertions of "ILLEGAL".

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 11:20 am

    My take is that the onus is on the people making and pimping the assertion, Parking lot violates law. The knee-jerk acceptance of false allegations is tiresome. The working premise by many on this forum is that EVERYBODY and EVERYTHING and EVERY PROCESS transpiring in this City and County is fundamentally venal, corrupt GOB insider . . . . yada, yada, yada. Who all is in favor of the City and County spending thousands and thousands of tax payer $$$ on meaningless bureaucratic bull$hit if said bull$hit can be legally waived??? . . . .And much can be waived . . . sorry for an "innocent" answer to the insinuations and assertions of "ILLEGAL".

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 11:25 am

    Regarding the question @July 01, 2013 - 11:03 am I posit that the EDITOR assessed this letter to be essentially without merit.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 11:53 am

    Immediately adjacent to Health and Human Services is Job One Onestop Employment Resource Center 3047 Briw Rd, Placerville, CA 95667 - heaven forbid that we cut corners to free up parking for the out-of-work-deadbeats! Heavens!!

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    Phil: At 10:29 am you asked to be informed. At 11:53 am "cut corners" satisfies your information criteria. As for your 11:20 am "$$$ on meaningless bureaucratic bull$hit", lots of people would be vastly more prosperous if they could find a way to be exempt. Darrell Warren himself closes with "I’m tired of the double standards." A couple months ago there was the case of someone – a vet – being levied by the County (I forget the exact amount and details) $45,000 to park his mobile home on his own long-ago paid for 10 acre plot. I don’t know whether his request for an exemption was granted.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 2:56 pm

    Do I understand that in the name of "fairness" and equal treatment the city and county should spend more to achieve the same level of public services? Really??? How about this idea(light goes on!) Since you and I have to pay income tax and property tax then the County and city should also have to pay income tax and property tax . . . it's only fair since taxes impoverish us all then it's only fair that the city and county be equally impoverished. . . . give me a break!

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Rationalizing substitute for answering your original question?

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    .......... substitute(s)

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Sue Taylor - Melody Lane - Evelyn - anybody: To what extent and the County and City LEGALLY wave fees, EIR's and other sundry red tape for City and County capital improvements? Stated another way - Do you believe that this parking lot is ILLEGAL?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    To what extent CAN . .

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    Phil: Clearly you are passionately invested in this particular subject. Your informed opinion, based upon thorough research, would help us all.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    I am only marginally informed on the City's and the County's latitude for waviers. I'm requesting enlightenment. It seems that enlightenment may injure the "ILLEGAL" premise. I posit that DARRELL WARREN's assertion of ILLEGAL does not stand the test of scrutiny. Does anybody offer supporting evidence of legal vs. illegal?

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  • EvelynJuly 24, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Phil: Posit away. That's easier than doing the research you want other to do for you. Sorry, but this is YOUR gig. And ........ speaking of gigs, HERE is Ringo Starr!!! (Royal Albert Hall, London: 2002)

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 24, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    Evelyn - July 01, 2013 - 11:03 am - No Evelyn, it's your gig.

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