Parking lot violates law

By From page A5 | July 22, 2013


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.


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