Must deny, if does not comply, with Measure Y?

By From page A5 | October 16, 2013


This is an open letter to the Board of Supervisors and El Dorado County Counsel:

As you know, Oct. 22 is the BOS hearing date for the Wilson Project, a request to rezone 28 acres from RA1 to RA, in order to build 49 homes in an otherwise rural community. This is just the first of several major projects queued up for approval, that if approved will radically transfigure the rural communities they would be carved out of; leaving forever scars, like facelifts gone wildly wrong.

The purpose of this note is simply to request that you and by your direction, the El Dorado County Counsel, publicly answer without equivocation, or prevarication the following question, before the Oct. 22 hearing (time will be needed for clarification, discussion, by all sides):

“Can the Wilson Project be approved by the Board of Supervisors when Measure Y and the General Plan by law stipulate that no new development project, like the Wilson Project, can be approved when county highways or roads are designated LOS F?” (Fact: both county staff, Caltrans and community advocacy groups all agree that segments of Highway 50 as well as key intersections surrounding the proposed development are now, today, at LOS F, without adding even one more home.)

Seems that this is the acid test for whether or not the county is governed by publicly supported laws. Or not. And if not, then the public needs to know why not. It’s not just the issues of land use that hang in the balance; the public’s full faith and trust in county governance is also at play.

If Measure Y and it’s implementation vis-a-vis the General Plan do not have compelling legal weight in the case of the Wilson Project, we simply need to know why. Sooner than later. I will readily concede that I may be quite naive in this case; and will defer to county counsel for the explanation.

But we need to know now; and we need a public discussion about the merits and applicability of Measure Y as applied to the Wilson Project before the Oct. 22 hearing.

Perhaps county counsel can respond to this e-mail, with copies to the Mountain Democrat as well as the various community groups now supporting Rural Communities United.

Seems like the answer is either, “No, Measure Y does not apply.” Or, “Yes, it does.” Either way, county counsel and the BOS need to explain their positions, before voting on the Wilson Project.

Now? Now.

Thanks for listening.

El Dorado Hills

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