At its Aug. 9 meeting, the El Dorado County Planning Commission unanimously approved a regional retail center for Diamond Springs and sent it to the Board of Supervisors for its consideration.
Called the Diamond Dorado Retail Center, the proposed center is bordered by Highway 49 along the east, the future Diamond Springs Parkway connector to the north, and Lime Kiln Road to the south. The project would add a stoplight at the intersection of the new Diamond Springs bypass and Highway 49.
The development project calls for seven single story commercial buildings ranging in size from 3,100 square feet to 160,572 feet for a total of 241,000 square feet. The site would also be rezoned from industrial to commercial.
As designed, the project would require removal of more woodland canopy than is currently allowed as a result of the invalidation of the county’s Oak Woodland Management Plan by the courts. Because the county anticipates developing a new mitigation policy as an alternative to retention of on-site oaks, a grading permit can’t be issued until such a policy is adopted. Failing that, the project would have to be redesigned and subject to additional environmental review before going forward.
Development of the center is expected to help cut down on the estimated $627,000 of sales tax revenue the county loses every day to Sacramento, Roseville, and Folsom businesses and help improve traffic circulation on Pleasant Valley Road in Diamond Springs and in the Missouri Flat area.
Roger Trout, El Dorado County planning director, said the project would go before the Board of Supervisors in September but no date has been set yet.
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