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Francisco Oaks residents oppose commercial project

By May 16, 2011

Francisco Oaks residents turned out in force at the recent Area Planning Advisory Council meeting to protest a planned 6.85-acre commercial project on the corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road.

A “Technical Advisory Committee” meeting in the county Planning Department was scheduled later in May, but was put off shortly before APAC’s meeting. APAC members nonetheless agreed to hear the concerned residents out, but will not take a position until the TAC meeting is rescheduled.

The applicant, Winn Communities of Folsom, is proposing a 16,000-square-foot drugstore, 5,115 square feet of fast food and 7,000 square feet of office space.

One access would come from Green Valley Road. A second access is proposed for Cambria Way, off Francisco Drive, near the entrance gates to Francisco Oaks.

The project would require a general plan amendment to change the land use from high density residential to commercial, and a rezone from single family residential to commercial planned development.

The 30 or so residents at APAC last Tuesday night wanted no part of another pharmacy, fast food restaurant or office complex in their neighborhood.

They contend that the project would increase congestion, crime — due to drugs in the pharmacy — traffic, especially at the entrance to their community, and negatively impact the natural habitat, as well as increase air and noise pollution.

Several residents argued that any sales tax the project might generate would be offset by the loss of property taxes due to the negative impact on nearby home values.

Several residents questioned the need for more commercial development at the intersection of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road, where two of the three commercial projects have significant vacancies.

The need for an additional pharmacy in the area was repeatedly raised.

Francisco Oaks resident Clair LaBeax went door to door in her neighborhood circulating a petition in opposition to the project. She reported nearly unanimous opposition, with a couple of abstentions.

As of Friday, she’d collected 140 signatures.

“That intersection is already a hazard, and I don’t see how a signal would work that close to Green Valley,” she said.

LaBeax said she also doesn’t understand how another drug will bring any new tax revenue into the county. “It would just hurt the nearby businesses,” she said.

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 3 comments

  • J MillerMay 16, 2011 - 10:58 am

    Typical NIMBY approach. When Safeways was in the process, all the above was said also. It turned out to be a great asset for the local area. I'm wriitng the planning dept. today to give them my support. I'd rather spend my $$ in EDH than Folsom and when gas is $6/gal in 2 yrs. so will you.

  • R. GordonMay 21, 2011 - 10:06 am

    It seems some people don't understand the difference between the Safeway project and this new proposal. The area for Safeway was already zoned commercial. The residences that were opposed to Safeway knew the zoning when they purchased. Francisco Oaks residences purchased their homes with the knowledge this particular area is zoned for residential. Huge difference. For all of us that shop in El Dorado County, there is currently no shortage of Pharmacies and fast food choices.

  • J MillerMay 23, 2011 - 9:39 am

    Something will be built there. The fire dept. also wants the land. The same can be said where they built the storage facility just down Grn Valley, but it was built and adds to the community.



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