Land use meetings set

PLACERVILLE — With several high-level planning projects on the horizon, El Dorado County has created a new webpage and scheduled a series of community meetings to gather public feedback.

“Land use planning is a complex recipe of local policies and preferences smashed together with state law and demographic trends,” said Kim Kerr, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. “The Board of Supervisors has called for a broad review of how these policies work together, and public involvement is a key ingredient.”

The county is in the process of amending various sections of the General Plan. The General Plan establishes broad policies for how land can be developed throughout the county’s western slope. The amendments to the General Plan are said to be “targeted” because they focus only on policies to better address the development of moderate income housing, the creation of jobs, the loss of tax revenues and the promotion and protection of the agriculture and natural resources.

In addition to the targeted General Plan amendments, the county also aims to comprehensively update the zoning ordinance. The zoning ordinance provides guidance for how General Plan policies apply to each specific parcel of land. State law requires that the zoning ordinance be consistent with the General Plan.

Along with the targeted amendments to the General Plan and zoning ordinance update, the county will simultaneously be updating its travel demand model. The travel demand model is a tool for analyzing the effects of development on the transportation system, and is essential for understanding the value of changes to the General Plan. The county’s Traffic Impact Mitigation (TIM) fees are also based in part on the travel demand model.

The new website provides background information on each project, key decision points, frequently asked questions, timelines and contact information for comments and questions.

The new website is available at www.edcgov.us/LandUseUpdate.

In addition, a series of six community meetings have been scheduled where county staff will be presenting an overview of the various projects, processes, timelines and additional opportunities for public involvement. All meetings will run from 6  to 8 p.m. Dates and locations include:

March 5 at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District  pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way  in El Dorado Hills

March 7 at the  South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road in South Lake Tahoe

March 12 at the Pioneer Park Community Center, 6740 Fair Play Road  in Somerset

March 15 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park

March 19 at the Northside School Gym, 860 Cave Valley Road in Cool

March 22 at the Union Mine High School Library, 6530 Koki Lane  in El Dorado

“The website will be updated with new information and additional public meetings will be schedule as this effort unfolds, especially during the environmental review process,” said Kerr. “Our goal is to make it easy for the public to interact on these topics.”

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