Tilden Park hearing continued

By From page A9 | February 13, 2012

Rather than hold a hearing on the Tilden Park Planned Development, the El Dorado County Planning Commission granted a request from the developer for a continuance.

The developer said they needed time to address questions raised about the project, to redo the plan in light of the recent court decision regarding the county’s Oak Woodland Protection Plan, and to discuss with county staff whether or not an environmental impact report was needed.

However, the request for a continuance did not sit well with the room full of residents who came to speak against the development. Marsha Burch, a lawyer who specializes in CEQA issues and who represents homeowners in the area, asked that the Planning Commission not grant a continuance and instead rule that a full EIR is needed on the project. Other residents asked the Ccmmission to deny the project because of traffic, easement, and environmental concerns.

The property under consideration is approximately 500 feet from the northwest corner of the intersection of Crosswood Drive and Wild Chaparral Drive. If approved, the development would include 14 single-family homes, a hotel, food market, restaurant, shops and offices.

In the end, the Planning Commission voted to continue the item to a future meeting. No date was set for the hearing.

In a separate action, the Planning Commission approved the rezoning of property located at the northeast corner of Tong Road and Silva Valley Parkway in El Dorado Hills. The zoning will change from one-family residential to commercial. No specific development plans were submitted along with the zoning request.

Dawn Hodson

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