Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter

July 13, 2018                                                                                                   Edition #14

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

ALERT: July 16th - Traffic Delay - Culvert to be replaced

A culvert on Elks Club Drive, between Boca Raton and Waverly will be replaced on Monday, July 16th from 8 AM to 2 PM.  During this time there may be up to a 30-minute delay to get through this section of Elks Club Drive.  PLease use Meadowvale Drive and Tam 'O Shanter Drive as an alternative to get around the work zone during this time.

Click here to view this area on a map.


El Dorado County Releases Water Awareness Survey

The El Dorado County Storm Water Team is surveying residents to better understand public awareness and concerns about water use and storm water management.

The information from the anonymous survey will help the team develop a strategy to prioritize water quality protection efforts.  It should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will be available through August 31, 2018.

The survey can be found here.  If you have any questions regarding the survey or have general storm water questions please call the hotline number at (530) 573-7906.


NEW - County Vacation Home Rental Website

A new website has been created where you can find information about the County's Vacation Home Rental (VHR) Ordinance, recent Board action, public outreach and information from the VHR ad hoc Committee and other VHR related information.

Click here to view the El Dorado County VHR website.

El Dorado County to Change Vacation Home Rental Permitting and Enforcement Structure

El Dorado County announced some internal changes to the way it will conduct the permitting, inspections, compliance and enforcement of vacation home rentals (VHRs) in the coming months. 

Prior to July 6th, the County’s Treasure-Tax Collector was the entity responsible for permitting VHRs in the Lake Tahoe Basin and licensing VHRs in the rest of the unincorporated parts of the County, monitoring compliance, collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), investigating alleged violations, and assessing penalties. As directed by the Board of Supervisors in June, staff has studied other jurisdiction’s models, reviewed internal functions and will incrementally transfer all but the TOT collection responsibilities to the Department of Planning and Building. 

Beginning in mid-July, enforcement of the ordinance governing VHRs will transfer to the Department of Planning and Building. Compliance activities will become the responsibility of Code Enforcement. The Treasure-Tax Collector will continue to issue VHR permits and business licenses for the rest of 2018.

Early next year, the County anticipates transferring the permitting and licensing function to the Department of Planning and Building.

“With this new approach, the County hopes to offer a more streamlined process that ultimately provides residents with greater transparency, efficiency and satisfaction,”  said Chief Administrative Officer, Don Ashton. “Between now and the end of the year, we will be making additional recommendations to the Board regarding programming, staffing and funding related to VHR and code enforcement activities as we move forward with the transition process.”

For general information about VHRs, see the County’s dedicated website here. For the updated VHR ordinance that took effect July 5th, click here.  For a list of all permitted VHRs in the Lake Tahoe Basin only, click here and click the “submit” button to see the full list (VHRs outside this area and not including the cities of South Lake Tahoe and Placerville have been required to obtain a business license only). For general questions about VHRs email

Next Public VHR Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

The next public Ad Hoc Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School in Meyers.


  • ALERT: Traffic Delay
  • Water Awareness Survey
  • New VHR Website
  • County VHR Structure Changes
  • Next VHR Ad Hoc Meeting
  • 2018 Goals



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In the year ahead, your El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be moving forward on our strategic planning for capital improvements, investing in communities and balancing the budget, while improving roads and county services.

My goals for 2018:

  • Maintain an environment of respectful conversation and positive change.
  • Protect Tahoe’s fair share funding.
  • Continue to strengthen Tahoe’s voice in County affairs.
  • Reduce traffic congestion on local roads and in neighborhoods. 
  •  Improve recreation access and opportunities. 
  • Protect and expand services for our most vulnerable population, including children, families, veterans and seniors.

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