Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Parking lot violates law

By
From page A5 | July 22, 2013 |

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

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

 
Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8