No San Stino development

By From page A5 | April 05, 2013


Dear members of the Board of Supervisors, I know you get a lot of this stuff, so let me see if I can at least lighten it up or at least entertain you.

Genie: “I am the great Genie of the San Stino Project Proposal. What may I do for you?”

Stan: “My family built our home here almost 40 years ago. Our goal was to raise our family and retire in a rural community. We knew that someday these properties would be taken out of Ag. Preserve and developed by descendants of the owners. We actually voted for the General Plan in 2004 as the zoning shown on the plan, minimum of 5 acres, plus agriculture, was consistent with a rural community. We didn’t know what a Community Region was, but it sounded like a good thing. Surprise. It’s not.

We have been model citizens of El Dorado County, volunteering in the schools, youth sports, adult recreation, raising our children with rural values to become responsible citizens.

After the kids were gone, we became supporters with both time and charitable donations to some of the very deserving and important causes within our county. A few of the organizations that benefit from our involvement are Snowline Hospice, Center Against Violent Relationships, M.O.R.E., C.A.S.A., Habitat For Humanity, and El Dorado Community Health Center. The last one I have served on the board for the last five years. We also participate in local fundraisers for various causes throughout the county.

I also serve as the chair of the Hillwood Community Services District, which is one of the districts adjacent to this proposed project. The HCSD did not enter a NOP as we felt that we could not fairly do so without an official vote of the residents. I can as a resident tell you though after contacting most of the residents of the district, that the opposition to this project as proposed is over 90 percent with a few who don’t care, but none who expressed support.

So, Genie, here’s what I want for my three wishes.”

Genie: “Sorry, but I said I’m the Genie of the San Stino Project Proposal and will grant you no wishes! The only one that can grant your wishes is the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.”

So, Board of Supervisors, please keep the Shingle Springs area rural by granting these wishes.

1. Remove the Community Region around Shingle Springs.

2. Maintain the zoning as it currently is in the General Plan.

3. Deny the San Stino proposal immediately.

The importance of this last one is to allow hundreds of citizens including myself to get back to our regular lives. I already have countless hours dedicated to this. The amount of time, money and effort expended on this by the county and our citizenry would be much better focused on the positive things we can do for our community.

This will however be the sole receptor of my time, money and effort at the loss of many fine organizations and worthy causes until it is settled.

Thank you for your concern.

Shingle Springs

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