Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Green Valley convenience center under review

From page A3 | August 02, 2013 |

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 Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.






Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3



My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4



GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Large bangs

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

Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment



Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8



Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5



Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2


Real Estate




Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17