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Tuesday’s BOS meeting: Judgment Day

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October 22, 2013 | 14 Comments

EDITOR:

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, around 2 p.m., the Board of Supervisors will entertain item 13-0024, the Wilson Project, a proposal to rezone 29 acres from R1A to RA, converting a low-density rural landscape into a high-density development. The local community is not anti-growth or development. It just wants the BOS to follow the General Plan, where one home per acre is prescribed; not 48, or even worse, a possible 88 homes in the middle of otherwise rural acreage.

But the additional drama that Tuesday’s BOS meeting brings is whether the BOS will abide by the law as promulgated in the General Plan, reflecting the public’s twice overwhelming vote in support of Measure Y. Measure Y stipulates that traffic from single-family residential subdivision development projects of five or more parcels of land shall not result in, or worsen, Level of Service F (gridlock, stop-and-go) traffic congestion during weekday, peak-hour periods on any highway, road, interchange or intersection in the unincorporated areas of the county. By approving the Wilson Project, because of well-known, well-documented LOS F conditions on Highway 50 and on surrounding roads and intersections, the BOS will essentially be breaking the law. (I have asked and continue to wait for the BOS and county counsel to explain how such an approval would not be breaking the law. Maybe we’ll hear Tuesday.)

So, the credibility and integrity of these laws are at risk, come Tuesday’s BOS meeting: the current General Plan, and Measure Y. A vote to approve the Wilson Project will, in my humble opinion, essentially impeach these laws and other similar regulations and ordinances designed to responsibly control growth, control gridlock, preserve water resources and control costs, etc., throughout the county. The perception will be that there are no laws that can be relied upon, like a simple stop sign, to control the adverse impacts of irresponsible growth.

Tuesday is Judgement Day. If the BOS votes to approve the Wilson Project, it has a responsibility to tell the public why, and before the vote is actually taken. The public is strongly recommended to attend the Tuesday, Oct. 22 meeting to support the General Plan, support Measure Y, and see if they will stand. This project is just the first, a tipping point, for a string of larger, more invasive developments, where communities rely on the General Plan and Measure Y for protection. The BOS must leverage these laws on behalf of the public, and to responsibly control growth throughout the county.

Thanks for listening.

BILL WELTY
El Dorado Hills

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  • EvelynOctober 21, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Unfortunately, this letter will not be published until after tomorrow's BOS meeting.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 21, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Three lame ducks on the BOS with nothing to lose could violate the GP and M-Y until their replacements are seated as these three against two votes are becoming evident. Bring your attorney and be ready to counter their vote with action. One of these ducks shouldn't be voting on this by law if any financial issues exist like providing county road connections or EID, but anything is possible. It is to be seen what action more of these votes will bring as far as what the county will do. This has never in the history of the county been an issue, it is unchartered water what to do with someone on the BOS who appears to keep voting on issues involving financial matters. As far as the zoning in place, this parcel should have no more than one house per acre and this area should be one per five like the surrounding properties on three sides. Good Luck!

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  • BillOctober 21, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Typo: rezone request from R1A to R1. Although request is for 48/49 homes, the rezone would enable up to 88 homes on these properties once they're are possibly sold or resold after rezoning is approved.

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  • robertdnollOctober 22, 2013 - 3:11 am

    what's another ten minute wait on your way home?or for the police,or fire dept,or ambulance?

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  • Lisa S. Couper, DVMOctober 22, 2013 - 5:50 am

    I urge the BOS to seriously evaluate the impacts of a project such as the Wilson project and other infill development. LOS F on the servicing roadways has a huge and direct impact on our quality of life in El Dorado County and on marketability living here. Road way gridlock also adversely impacts our air quality and hence our health. Profitability for a developer is not a justifiable excuse for short changing your existing constituents. Please do not move forward with these types of developments until you can provide for the maintenance of our rural quality of life.

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  • NonsenseOctober 22, 2013 - 7:51 am

    Gez, talk about overstating a position. It is not judgement day, 48 homes on 1/2 acre lots is not high density, there are over 500 homes across the GVR on similar lot sizes, 1 acre lots are rarely split and there is a road upgrade as part of the project. This is little more than a positioning document for the unprepared and uninformed to use in their "testimony".

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  • EllenOctober 22, 2013 - 7:54 am

    'Nonsense' is obviously uninformed about this project.

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  • Dollar$ & Cent$October 22, 2013 - 8:03 am

    Non$en$e may not be an impartial observer.

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  • BillOctober 22, 2013 - 8:06 am

    True, it's about positioning: today is the day the BOS get to weigh in on their regard or disregard for Measure Y. If the vote for the rezone, then they have to explain how they're not breaking the law. It'll be a precedent setting vote. It's more than just 49 homes; it's about governance.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:08 am

    If you can not go to this meeting in person--live feed in progress. Agenda and mins are up to read. https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:29 am

    >:( links not working...google BOS/El Dorado...go to agendas. Another link--directly to the live feed (hopefully.) http://eldorado.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?event_id=821.

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:40 am

    alongside the roundabout tonight--they will talk about the "plastic bag "banning issue...California Plastic Bag Ban Defeated In Senate..."Bills that don’t pass either the Assembly or Senate by June 1 cannot become law, so a statewide ban on plastic bags is dead until at least 2014" http://tinyurl.com/kuvkqt8

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:44 am

    STATE PLASTIC AND PAPER BAG LEGISLATION: FEES, TAXES AND BANS; RECYCLING AND REUSE http://tinyurl.com/k2wp36c

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 22, 2013 - 8:48 am

    sorry last post should have gone under roundabout...today is important--go/or watch BOS meeting--tonight try to go to the roundabout meeting. Local government needs to see and hear that people are watching--listening and reading...When you go orwatch the BOS today--look at the amount of money being asked for by the visitor advisory board. READ

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