Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

No on Lime Rock and Marble developments

EDITOR:

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.pabalinas@edcgov.us  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.

JIM RIORDAN
Cameron Park

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  • Susie O.May 10, 2013 - 7:43 am

    Jim, you should talk to the good folks at the Shingle Springs Community Alliance, they have issues with two big developments going in, over traffic and zoning; also, if Save Our County is still around, there are the Dirty 19 developments that will change Diamond Springs and El Dorado forever, also with HUGE cumulative traffic impacts that don't have a solution. The problem is, is our Board of Supervisors keep approving these developments unless their constituents come out with their concerns. Cameron Park CSD mentioned annexing Shingle Springs to raise more money for their CSD; NO! We are not Cameron Park and we moved here for the rural ranching atmosphere - we don't want to be annexed. Lime Rock and Marble Valley should be in Cameron Park, certainly, but Parker Development and G3 want the El Dorado Hills address so they can charge more for the homes they build. They also bought and paid for a couple of seats on the high school board so that they can get high school boundary lines changed, so that these new developments will go to Oak Ridge HS in EDH, rather than Ponderosa or Union Mine (because high school districts also play on the selling price). As to freeway access, it should be directed to EDH, not Cameron Park, certainly. Do you have a website or blog or facebook page? Shingle Springs Community Alliance has gotten great response with their website and facebook page.

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  • Susie O.May 10, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Shingle Springs Community Alliance: http://www.shinglespringscommunityalliance.com/ Any other neighborhood alliances out there? You all should be banding together and supporting each other!

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  • francescaduchamp@att.netMay 10, 2013 - 8:31 am

    lolol...well susie--even if you did call me a pita...I have found common ground--scary. Shingle springs rocks--they are coming together and fighting back...I admire that. My space is unhappy--but they have been through this so many times--they do not believe. A few of us will now just start showing up at their meetings...I would love someone to tell me to leave at a public meeting...lolol Maybe some day ill go to one of these BOS meetings and speak.

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  • Jim RiordanMay 10, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Thanks Susie and Francesca. Here is the letter I wish I had written. It looked to me, from the map they provided on their website, that Durock road-to-Cameron Park drive might be one entry/exit path but I have been told that is not the case and that traffic will be Routed from both developments "to EDH", which I guess means Bass lake. I don't see how Cambridge road can be considered EDH. Here is what my thoughts are on the pluses and minuses. MINUS: The reason that most CP residents attended this briefing was to find out what the traffic impact would be. There was no traffic plan yet. Certainly, we will have some traffic impacts at Cambridge Road and Bass lake road. Do I like that? Well, NO. However, our County needs tax dollar revenue badly and Mr. Parker and his team know that they must mitigate those problems before the start of the project or face pushback from “Measure Y” and our residents and Supervisors. Only vague references were made to enlarging the Cambridge interchange along with a new or larger connection to the existing Bass lake road interchange. Both of these plans will not appeal to CP commuters who would have to share these already crowded entrances to Hwy 50 with thousands more vehicles each morning. Adding thousands more cars each day seems unimaginable. (I am speaking for my friends, I do not commute.) PLUS: Mr. Parker’s team will have to work out a plan that will fly with all of our County leaders, and the DOT people. Mr. Parker and his partners have had better success than many others in El Dorado County in getting such projects approved and working. MINUS: During the winter it is possible that in those valleys the developments will fill with smoke and potentially cause us restrictions 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. PLUS: Mr Parker will once again have to develop a mitigation plan and EIR that will address that particular issue. MINUS: These developments will NOT fall under the Cameron Park CSD. This new development would be part of the El Dorado Hills CSD. So, EDH gets all the CSD money. The development will include high density areas, which will attract more of the same people many of us wish, would stay in Sacramento. PLUS: Many of those people will patronize Cameron Park businesses, restaurants etc. MINUS: Their website shows a “Monolith Event Center” for weddings, concerts, corporate retreats, charity events and other organized functions with an adjacent indoor banquet facility, a large lake with boating, kayaking, pier, gazebo and outdoor amphitheater for “occasional theater performances and outdoor events”. These new facilities will definitely make the CPCSD center and lake far less attractive venues and may likely cause the CPCSD center to fail faster than it already is. PLUS: We can sell the damn CSD building and get taxpayers’ dollars back and we will now have “PARKER CLASS” facilities available right across the highway which will be far more luxurious and attractive than the ones we presently have. PLUS: Parker is a proven developer who builds quality developments with great infrastructures thus assuring us that OUR land and home values will appreciate right here in Cameron Park. Our EDSO will have more funding for patrolling our existing areas as well. I guess my bottom line is that someday this land WILL be developed and I cannot think of anyone I would rather have develop it than the Parker group and the Gallo Brothers (G3)since they do build classy developments and if we MUST have one in our back yards, I would like it classy. (SHAMELESS ADVERTISEMENT:Even though the Gallo Brothers Wineries just turned down a proposal to purchase some of my latest products, the Neck-Notes™ for their wine cellars. See: www.neck-notes.com. That’s ok though, I will give ‘em another chance!) For a map showing both of the sites and how the Lime Rock Valley and Marble Valley will be placed, see http://limerockvalley.com/site-location.html

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  • Jim RiordanMay 10, 2013 - 11:23 am

    Thank you Susie and Francesca. I have since learned that there is no proposed traffic diversion to Cameron Park drive, even though it vaguely appears to have a connector to Durock Road. I have also heard from others that the Parkers and the Gallos , if you must have developers, are top of the line . . .I say this even though Gallo Wineries turned down one of my latest products, the "Neck-Notes"tm see neck-notes.com. LOL

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