Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Green Valley convenience center under review

By
From page A3 | August 02, 2013 | 7 Comments

A proposed convenience center in El Dorado Hills was sent back for additional work by the El Dorado County Planning Commission after multiple objections from local residents.

Planned for a 2.12-acre piece of land on the southeast corner of the intersection of Green Valley Road and Sophia Parkway, the center would include a gas station, convenience store, drive-through fast-food restaurant and single bay self-service car wash. The developer and owner of the property is Marc Strauch of Strauch Companies.

The project drew a large number of detractors from the 35-plus letters and e-mails sent against the project to the long line of people who showed up at the planning commission meeting to criticize it. Concerns varied from the impact on traffic and pedestrian safety, to noise concerns, design standards, and the impact of the project on the adjacent wetland.

One resident alleged the center would add 3,400 vehicle trips a day to the area which would not only impact traffic levels but also the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians. He also complained of the 10-foot setback and potential for trash to end up in the adjacent wetlands. Saying the project didn’t match the design standards for El Dorado Hills, he asked that the different issues raised by residents either be mitigated or an environmental impact report be required.

Scott Kime, a local resident and architect, asked why there was an 80 percent reduction in the wetland setback, saying the planning commission was setting a dangerous precedent given that other developers would then ask for the same thing. There needs to be some legal justification for doing so, he added, noting that he wasn’t aware that any had been provided. Kime offered that political pressure was being applied to the commission to approve the project to prevent “tax leakage.”

Another resident criticizing the project was Amy Anders. A long-term resident who owns property surrounding the proposed use, she maintained the center would impact the adjacent wetland and complained about the noise, aesthetics and additional traffic.

John Welty, a member of the Area Planning Advisory Committee of El Dorado Hills (APAC), offered his own criticisms and said APAC had voted against the project. He asked the planning commission to send it back to the developer to address the issues raised by residents.

Eileen Crawford, who is the supervising civil engineer for the EDC Department of Transportation, countered some of the residents by saying their study showed the project would only generate 1,400 trips per day. But she added that the intersection of Sophia Parkway and Green Valley Road does have the second highest volume of traffic in the county. Crawford added that the Green Valley Corridor study would be going to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

In response to the comments from residents, the developer and his agent said they thought the project was the highest and best use for the property and asked for its approval by the commission. We have already adequately addressed the different issues brought up, they maintained.

In discussion by the planning commission members, Brian Shinault said he supported the project but not in its current state.

Board member Tom Heflin agreed, saying it was a legitimate project for the site, even if it was an eyesore.

The board then voted to continue the project to its Aug. 22 meeting and directed the developer to bring back a revised project taking into account members’ input as well as the concerns of local residents.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

 

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 7 comments

  • EldoradoAugust 02, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Doesn't anyone have the balls to make a decision? "Bring it back taking into consideration the public input." We need to clean house at the government center...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • iErnie LouisAugust 02, 2013 - 10:07 am

    EldoradoAugust 02, 2013 - 9:17 am Doesn't anyone have the balls to put their name to their comments? Ernie Louis

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FranAugust 02, 2013 - 10:36 am

    I always put my name.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • EvelynAugust 02, 2013 - 11:08 am

    I notice the continued anonymity of Ray Nutting's accusers.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FranAugust 02, 2013 - 11:10 am

    yep...good morning Miss Evelyn...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FranAugust 02, 2013 - 11:39 am

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/31/world/americas/uruguay-marijuana-legalization

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FranAugust 02, 2013 - 11:44 am

    I went to yet another meeting this morning--where I walked away thinking...why do these people live here? Why did they stop? They seem to want to change everything...where will the money come from? Many of the things they want to change have been here for decades with no problems--why change things? If we were a thriving economy--sure...whatever--but we are not.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Herard over the back fence: Try fishing at Wakamatsu

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

 
More mountain lion sightings reported

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

Supervisor Nutting trial begins

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 73 Comments | Gallery

 
Sanford murder case to jury

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Gearing tax questions to correct office saves time

By Treasurer-Tax Collector | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My turn: More than a buzzword

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4, 24 Comments

 
Building restored

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Outstanding dog

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

.

Letters

National Day of Prayer

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
‘Parents, be afraid’ letter

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 23 Comments

Ukranian situation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 4 Comments

 
Misquote

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 9 Comments

Altshuler framing

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 9 Comments

 
.

Sports

Pitching the ‘Root’ cause of Trojans’ victory

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Pedal power at the forefront next month

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Outside with Charlie: Transitioning

By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A6

 
Sports Scene: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

Roundup: April 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Prospecting

4-H’ers star at showcase

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
At a glance: Look for fireballs

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2, 1 Comment

Authors to share their stories

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B2, 2 Comments

 
Church to host human trafficking conference

By Pollock Pines | From Page: B3

Grow For It! Flower of Easter

By Barbara Schuchart | From Page: B5

 
.

Essentials

Crime Log: April 1-3

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Weather stats 4-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 4/7-11/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Bobby Lloyd Bridges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Harry Frank Harper

By Contributor | From Page: A2, 6 Comments

Marion “Wayne” Griswold

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, April 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8