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County invites comment on General Plan policy

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From page A6 | July 10, 2013 | 2 Comments

Prompted by resident concerns over proposed housing developments, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is asking the public for additional feedback. Supervisors are considering a new policy to guide evaluation of large, privately initiated developments that would require a change to the county General Plan.

Staff from the county’s Community Development Agency presented a draft policy to the Board of Supervisors at a special workshop on June 27.

The new policy would require an “initiation” hearing before the Board of Supervisors for projects that increase the density of residential development beyond what is currently allowed in the General Plan. The initiation hearing provides an early opportunity for public discussion, and an upfront determination on whether a development application is worthy of additional consideration.

“Many people do not realize that the county is required by law to process and analyze development applications despite support or controversy in the community,” said senior planner Shawna Purvines. “However, planning law does allow the county to make an early determination as to an application’s consistency with major goals and policies of the General Plan.”

Major issues under consideration include whether the policy should apply to all projects requiring a change to the General Plan in addition to residential, and whether the policy should apply to pending projects. Thirteen projects have been submitted to the county which add a combined total of approximately 6,000 new residential units.

The Board of Supervisors directed staff to make the policy available for public comment for 30 days. The public is encouraged to submit comments by Aug. 2. A final decision is expected sometime in September.

Additional information and a copy of the proposed policy is available at: edcgov.us/Planning. Comments should be sent to Shawna Purvines at shawna.purvines@edcgov.us, or 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville 95667.

Mike Applegarth

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  • FranJuly 07, 2013 - 11:29 am

    Out of all the things that happened that day...because it was hours long...this actually made sense. some of the writing needs to be worked on...I hope the board will add some originally to the document and not just rely on the presenters comments or using outside existing document examples alone. But it made sense to refine the applications process.

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  • FranJuly 11, 2013 - 9:52 am

    Going down memory lane...Feb, 5th 2005...Feb. 7, 2005 - The General Plan: Costly any way it's sliced. http://www.basslakeaction.org/PDF_files/MtnDem-050207.pdf

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