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Hearings scheduled for General Plan amendments

PLACERVILLE —Beginning on Aug. 4, the El Dorado County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing consisting of a series of ongoing meetings to receive comments on the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU) project, and to prepare a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors at the project hearing anticipated to be held in October 2014.

The meetings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 330 Fair Lane, Building A in Placerville.

All of the meetings will be video-recorded and live web streamed on the County’s website: eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Each meeting will focus on different topic(s) as noted below. Public comments on any part of the project will be received at any of the meeting dates.

Note: All dates, times and topics listed below are subject to change. Additional dates and topics may be added. Check the Long Range Planning website for updates: edcgov.us/LongRangePlanning/.

  • Monday, Aug. 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
    Introduction, project background and project review process overview: Learn about the TGPA-ZOU project and find out how to be involved.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 8 a.m. to noon
    Project description, project checklist and summary of public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report: Learn about specific changes proposed for the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and the potential environmental impact(s), if any, of each proposed change.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, noon to 4 p.m.
    (1) Zoning Ordinance format and chapter overview: Find out how the proposed Zoning Ordinance is organized, and how to locate important information. (2) Mapping process and final draft maps: Review proposed changes to the zoning maps and share your comments.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (regular Agricultural Commission meeting)
    Project components related to agriculture and rural lands: Learn about proposed changes to agricultural and rural lands including Agricultural District expansion, rural commercial policies, agricultural support services, ranch marketing allowances for commercial grazing operations and more. Share your comments with the Agricultural Commission.
  • Thursday, Aug. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (regular Planning Commission meeting)
    (1) Project components by objectives: a) Reduce constraints to the development of moderately priced housing, (b) Support job creation, (c) Capture more sales tax revenues, and (d) Preserve and promote agriculture and natural resources; (2) Mixed-Use Design Manual and Land Development Manual Volume 3 – Community Design Standards and Development Guidelines. Get a detailed review of the specific objectives (goals) of the project and share comments about how these objectives are being proposed to be achieved.
  • Monday, Aug. 18, 8 a.m. to noon
    Prepare recommendations for the Board of Supervisors:  The Planning Commission will complete a final review of the project, including public comments, and will prepare a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors for consideration at the project hearing anticipated to be held in October 2014.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to moon  (date and time reserved if needed)

“The county is proposing targeted amendments to certain General Plan policies and a comprehensive update to the Zoning Ordinance to make it consistent with the General Plan and make it easier for people to use. The purpose of the proposed TGPA-ZOU is to reduce constraints to the development of moderately priced housing, support job creation, capture sales tax revenues, and protect agriculture and natural resources,” said Dave Defanti, assistant director, Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning.

The project is limited to the unincorporated portions of the county and would take effect countywide in those areas that are under county jurisdiction including lands outside the cities of Placerville and South Lake Tahoe that are not under the jurisdiction of federal or state agencies, or tribal lands. Communities that could be affected include Cameron Park, Camino, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills, greater Placerville, Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, and north and south county rural communities. The project does not include any site-specific development proposals.

The public is invited to attend the meetings and encouraged to share their views or they can submit comments to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will not be taking any final action on the project, but will be preparing a recommendation for the Board of Supervisors to consider at the project hearing anticipated to be held in October 2014.

Any written comments should be directed to: El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning, Attention: Shawna Purvines, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville 95667 or via e-mail: shawna.purvines@edcgov.us. For more information on the project visit the Project web page at: edcgov.us/LongRangePlanning/.

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