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Town Center West project previewed

By From page A1 | March 15, 2017

Brian Holloway presented a conceptual review of a proposed project in El Dorado Hills Town Center West on behalf of the Mansour Company at the March 7 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. As a planned development, Holloway, principal with the Holloway Land Company, described a residential buildout of approximately 200 homes on approximately 25 acres.

Currently vacant, the property is south of Highway 50, west of Latrobe Road, north of White Rock Road and immediately east of the Rolling Hills Community Services District residential neighborhood, as described in Community Development Agency staff documents. The site is approved for commercial development as part of Village U of the El Dorado Hills Specific Plan, within Plan Area B-2 and D-1, and of the Town Center West Planned Development.

The potential residential development would require a change to the El Dorado Hills Specific Plan land use and zoning designations and would limit the project to approximately 200 units. As proposed, housing types would include a variety ranging from single family detached homes, patio homes or “zero lot line” units, attached single family homes, including “half-plexes,” condominiums or townhouses and apartments.

Tuesday’s presentation was intended “to assist the applicant in identifying potential project issues and solutions, consider alternative designs and receive early feedback from the Board of Supervisors in an informal workshop, thereby improving the quality of a future development application,” according to the staff memo.

“The purpose of the change is to provide the potential for development of a residential area that buffers the existing residential neighborhood from future commercial development in Town Center West and provide flexibility for a range of housing types,” the memo explains.

Holloway’s presentation included photos of unused or underutilized warehouse facilities on the parcels and then superimposed several renderings of possible types and styles of homes that could be built on the land.

Supervisors and audience members expressed some concern for the zoning change that would be required thereby taking the acreage out of the county’s commercial parcel inventory.

“Retaining these sites for commercial use only would maintain the potential for retail and employment opportunities in the county, possibly preventing sales tax leakage to nearby jurisdictions and allowing for a more favorable jobs-to-housing balance,” the documents point out.

However, speakers also noted that as commercial land, the property has remained mostly undeveloped for decades and shows no particular sign for additional commercial use.

Supervisors took no action on the item which, as described, was informational and designed to assist the developer and the county with respect to a potential future proposal.

Chris Daley

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