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Thumbs down on Francisco commercial project

By July 18, 2011

The El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Council voted not to support a proposed rezone from residential to commercial on the corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road.

The applicant, Winn Communities of Folsom, proposes a 16,000-square-foot drug store, 5,115 square feet of fast food and 7,000 square feet of office space on the 6.85-acre parcel.

Reasons cited during the APAC meeting include traffic impact near the Green Valley Road and Francisco Drive intersection, the proximity of Marina Village Middle School, the removal of oak trees, grading requirements and negative impact on property values. APAC members also cited their record of rejecting fast food restaurants off the Highway 50 corridor.

Access to the project would come from Green Valley Road and Cambria Way, off Francisco Drive, near the entrance gates to Francisco Oaks, whose residents resoundingly opposed the project.

A General Plan amendment would be required to change the land use from high-density residential to commercial. A rezone from single-family residential to commercial planned development is also needed.

Francisco Oaks resident Clair LaBeax went door to door in her neighborhood, collecting more than 300 signatures in opposition. “We just don’t need any more commercial here,” she said. “The three retail projects on that intersection are already struggling.

Since APAC is strictly advisory, the developer can decide to move forward with the project but it is not on the upcoming Planning Commission agenda.

Mike Roberts

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