On April 30 a meeting was held at the CPCSD to “brief” community members about two developments proposed just across Highway 50 from Cameron Park. This is a wake up call to all Cameron Park residents. I’m sure most of you will find it “entertaining” that we residents of Cameron Park were perhaps the last group to be shown this briefing. Why? Because we have lots to lose and nothing tangible to gain. I hope that those of you concerned will contact Mr. Rommel Pabalinas, the county senior planner by e-mail at Rommel.firstname.lastname@example.org and voice your feelings about what certainly appears to be a sound screwing of Cameron Park residents, in my opinion.
The first and foremost reason that most residents attended this briefing was to find out what the traffic impact would be. Guess what? There was no traffic plan. Some vague reference was made to enlarging the Cambridge interchange along with some vague references to a new or larger connection to these developments at or near the existing Bass Lake road interchange. (The “S”lime valley project will be dumping traffic onto Highway 50 at Cameron Park Drive.) Certainly both of these plans will be really appealing to us Cameron Park residents who would now have to share these already crowded three entrances to Highway 50 with only about 3,000 more homes each morning. You think the 50 Corridor is crowded now? Try adding maybe 3,000 to 6,000 more cars each day. You will be in Sacramento smog from then on.
When one resident at this meeting asked if the Marble Valley development will fall under the Cameron Park CSD, they were told, “No, this new development would be part of the El Dorado Hills CSD.” Wha-a-at? Folks, fellow residents, this is pure BS to me and I hope it is to you as well. EDH gets all the CSD money, and we get all the congestion, added smog and zero benefit. During the winter it is entirely possible that those valleys will fill with smoke and potentially cause us issues with using our own fireplaces. This is a lot of proposed homes, folks. I fly over these valleys several times a month and I have seen where the smoke settles in the winter.
These two developments are being proposed by Parker Development and G3 (Gallo brothers). Yup, the Serrano folks. You can take a “fly-over” view of this proposed, in my opinion “revolting development” at hevillageofmarblevalley.com/proposed-land-plan-summary.html. This development will include high density areas as well, which will attract more of the same people many of us wish would stay in Sacramento.
A visit to the Website also shows a “Monolith Event Center for weddings, concerts, corporate retreats, charity events and other organized functions. With vineyards planned to surround the quarry site and an adjacent indoor banquet facility.” That along with a lake with boating, kayaking and oh, yes, a dock, pier, gazebo and outdoor amphitheater for “occasional theater performances and outdoor events.” So, wake up folks, direct competition right under your nose for the already failing Cameron Park CSD and lake which is already underused.
Personally, I moved here 1n 1989 to get away from the crush of the Bay Area and all of its “planned communities.” To me, this is a lose, lose, lose for Cameron Park residents. El Dorado Hills gets the revenue, we get the traffic, smog and congestion. Nice! If you feel the same, please e-mail the county official above and tell him, “Just say no to (S)Lime Rock and Marble Valley.” For a map showing both of the sites and how the Lime Rock plan will affect Cameron Park Drive traffic, see limerockvalley.com/site-location.html.