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Multi-use sports park closer to reality

By From page A1 | August 30, 2017

Area agencies have been asked to review and comment on Serrano Associates’ request to the county for approval of a tentative amended map for its plans for Village J Lot H in Serrano, which includes a 12.5-acre multi-use public park. The site is on 25 total acres and located at the corner of Serrano Parkway and Greenview Drive.

Serrano Associates previously submitted two versions of the tentative map: 75 home lots in December 2014 and then a 111-lot layout in February 2016, “both of which assumed that the 12.5 acre public park would be relocated to the Village JS area,” wrote principal planner Andrea Howard in a letter to the county Planning Department. “In consultation with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District we have redesigned Lot H to reserve the southern 12.5 acres for the public park and the balance is planned for 41 single-family lots.”

Residential lots would range in size from 7,200 to 17,077 square feet. There is also a 1-acre open space lot in the plan.

While Serrano Associates is the sole applicant, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District would plan and oversee the park. Serrano Government Affairs Director Kirk Bone said there is between $3 million and $3.7 million in a Mello Roos account established in 1988 for the development of the 12.5-acre park. “It’s why we sock away some capital reserve funds,” he said. “We are still moving the puzzle pieces around.”

At the August El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Committee meeting, EDHCSD General Manager Kevin Loewen said the 12.5 acres is a good first step toward the CSD’s vision “to do preservation on a grander scale,” not ruling out future purchases of neighboring properties.

“It could be a few years down the road,” Loewen added before reiterating that residents who want to monitor the process and even give input to the new park’s design should watch CSD Parks and Planning meeting agendas. “There are a lot of moving parts.”

 

Julie Samrick

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