The Green Valley Road Alliance is a loose coalition of local residents concerned about the impact of 214-lot Dixon Ranch on Green Valley Road and five other projects totaling 155 lots currently in the works along nearby Malcolm Dixon Road.
Bill Welty is a retired California Air Resources Board IT executive. He shares spokeperson responsibilities with other core members, most of whom have equally strong resumes. Tara McCann is a Caltrans traffic engineer. Rich Stewart and Cheryl McDougal are retired engineers. Claire LeBeau is an attorney.
They met over the proposed commercial project at the southwest corner of Green Valley Road and Francisco Boulevard, and quickly discovered that they shared concerns about the growth of the Green Valley Road corridor.
“It seemed like all these issues were coming right to our doorstep,” said Welty.
They formed the alliance, taking baby steps at first, getting to know the six proposed residential project projects off Green Valley Road and Malcolm Dixon Road and the overlapping web of traffic impacts and requirements.
Alliance members have opened communications with representatives of the other projects in the corridor, most recently engaging the developer of the 58-lot, 28-acre Wilson project, located between Green Valley Road and Malcolm Dixon Road, who verbally agreed to move one of the project access points from the Malcolm Dixon Road to Green Valley Road, “which solves one problem but worsens another,” said Welty.
The group has made extensive use of the work of another retired El Dorado Hills engineer, Paul Raveling, who has posted El Dorado Hills traffic analysis data on his website, www.sierrafoot.org.
The organization has no formal leader, bylaws or mission statement, said Welty, who shares spokesperson responsibilities with McCann and Stewart.
They also have no website, but McDougal administers an e-mail account, [email protected], and Welty made a short video, “Dixon Ranch High Density Project,” which can be found on YouTube.