Letters to the Editor

Give Parker and Gallo Brothers a chance


On April 30 a briefing was held at the CPCSD for community members about two developments proposed across Highway 50 from Cameron Park. I have had many calls from concerned citizens who were upset. I believe we need to look realistically at our overall pluses and minuses.

MINUS: The reason that most Cameron Park residents attended this briefing was to find out what the traffic impact would be. There was no traffic plan yet. Certainly, we will have some traffic impacts at Cambridge Road and Bass Lake Road. Do I like that? Well, no. However, our county needs tax revenue badly and Mr. Parker and his team know that they must mitigate those problems before the start of the project or face pushback from Measure Y and our residents and supervisors. Only vague references were made to enlarging the Cambridge interchange along with a new or larger connection to the existing Bass Lake Road interchange. Both of these plans will not appeal to commuters who would have to share these already crowded entrances to Highway 50 with thousands more vehicles each morning. Adding thousands more cars each day seems unimaginable

PLUS: Mr. Parker’s team will have to work out a plan that will fly with all of our county leaders and the DOT people. Mr. Parker and his partners have had better success than many others in El Dorado County in getting such projects approved and working.

MINUS: During the winter it is possible that in those valleys the developments will fill with smoke and potentially cause us restrictions with using our own fireplaces. This is a lot of proposed homes folks. I fly over these valleys several times a month and I have seen where the smoke settles in the winter.

PLUS: Mr Parker will once again have to develop a mitigation plan and EIR that will address that particular issue.

MINUS: These developments will not fall under the Cameron Park CSD. This new development would be part of the El Dorado Hills CSD. So, EDH gets all the CSD money. The development will include high density areas, which will attract more of the same people many of us wish would stay in Sacramento.

PLUS: Many of those people will patronize Cameron Park businesses, restaurants etc.

MINUS: Their website shows a “Monolith Event Center” for weddings, concerts, corporate retreats, charity events and other organized functions with an adjacent indoor banquet facility, a large lake with boating, kayaking, pier, gazebo and outdoor amphitheater for “occasional theater performances and outdoor events.” These new facilities will definitely make the CPCSD center and lake far less attractive venues and likely cause the CPCSD center to fail faster than it already is.

PLUS: We can sell the CSD building and get taxpayers’ dollars back and we will now have “Parker Class” facilities available right across the highway, which will be far more luxurious and attractive than the ones we presently have.

PLUS: Parker is a proven developer who builds quality developments with great infrastructures thus assuring us that our land and home values will appreciate as well right here in Cameron Park. Our sheriff’s department will have more funding for patrolling our existing areas as well.

I guess my bottom line is that someday that land will be developed and I cannot think of anyone I would rather have develop it than the Parker group and the Gallo Brothers, even though the Gallo Brothers just turned down a proposal to purchase some of my latest products. That’s OK though; I will give ‘em another chance!

For a map showing both of the sites and how the Lime Rock Valley and Marble Valley will be placed, see limerockvalley.com/site-location.html.

Jim Riordan
Cameron Park

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