Mira Loma Apartments, Lotus/Gold Hill Intersection, Hemp Meeting 10/29/20, PSPS Food Support , Ballot Drop Box Locations, Housing Element Workshop

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Mira Loma Apartments Update
Mira Loma Apts

Our office has been receiving many phone calls and emails regarding the proposed Mira Loma Apartments project. At this time only a pre-application has been filed. A pre-application is where a property owner submits their proposed plan to the Planning Department and staff and other affected agencies provide feedback regarding the requirements to build the project. Now that the pre-application process is completed for the proposed project, if the property owner should decide to move forward with their project, the likely next step will be for them to apply for a building permit.

This particular parcel has a complex history, dating back to 1995 (before adoption of the County’s General Plan). As such, I will continue working with staff to determine potential outcomes for this parcel and convey that information to the public as soon as possible.

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Lotus/Gold Hill Intersection Grant Application

lotus roundabout

In response to community inquiries to safety issues in the Lotus/Gold Hill  area, DOT has provided this memo outlining their recommendation for safety improvements.


Date: October 13, 2020
To: Lori Parlin, El Dorado County Board of Supervisor – District 4
From: Rafael Martinez, Transportation Director

Subject: Lotus Rd/ Gold Hill Rd/ Luneman Rd Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant Application

The attached exhibit is a conceptual solution for safety improvements at the subject intersection. The County of El Dorado, Department of Transportation (Transportation) staff maintains an accident database that includes accident reports provided by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The intersection area of Lotus Rd/Gold Hill Rd/Luneman Rd was found to have experienced a high number of accidents (of all severity levels) and was prioritized and will be paired with appropriate countermeasures as funding becomes available.

After reviewing the accident data, monitoring traffic patterns, and reviewing community complaints and input for this specific project, it was determined that a roundabout is the best solution for the location. Even though this location only sees a handful of accidents per year, some of those accidents have been severe and have mainly been from conflicting turn movements. National studies show that roundabout intersections lessen these conflicting turn movements and assist in calming traffic. Statistics have shown roundabouts can reduce broadside accidents by 85% and reduce speeds by an average of 15 MPH. Furthermore, this intersection does not meet the warrants for an all-way stop or a traffic signal. Transportation is recommending this conceptual safety improvement, roundabout intersection conversion, and proceeding with submitting an application for HSIP Grant funding for a roundabout at the subject intersection. If grant funding can be obtained for the proposed safety improvement, Transportation will recommend the Board of Supervisors approval to add this intersection project to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

Attachment: Conceptual intersection roundabout plan


Link to memo:

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HEMP Ad Hoc Mtg

ZOOM Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96271045525?pwd=VmZMVFVpMDNhcWo0cTBoeDBSRVJMQT09

Call in: (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 962 7104 5525
Passcode: 547080

If you are joining the meeting via Zoom and wish to make a comment on an item, press the "raise a hand" button. If you are joining the meeting by phone, press *9 to indicate a desire to make a comment. The clerk will call you by the last three digits of your phone number when it is your turn to speak. Be prepared to press *6 to unmute yourself. Comments can also be sent to eldcag@edcgov.us prior to the meeting.

BACKGROUND: Following a presentation on industrial hemp by the Agriculture Department on June 23, 2020, the Board requested the formation of an Ad Hoc Hemp Committee to include two members of the Board. The members of the Committee are District I Supervisor John Hidahl and District IV Supervisor Lori Parlin. The Ad Hoc Hemp Committee held a planning meeting via ZOOM on August 19, 2020. County staff participants were Sheriff John D’Agostini, Sheriff Lieutenant Mike Cook, Deputy County Counsel Daniel Vandekoolwyk, and Agricultural Commissioner Charlene Carveth. Agricultural Commission members, Bill Draper and David Bolster, also participated. The Ad Hoc Committee discussed the scope of study for the Committee, and returned to the Board for further direction on 9/22/2020.

The Board of Supervisors made the following motion by Supervisor Frentzen, seconded by Supervisor Parlin to provide direction to staff on the scope of study for the Ad Hoc Hemp Committee to include the following:

1) Holding a meeting, or series of meetings, on whether to recommend to the Board a moratorium on all renewals or new registrations while the proposed Industrial Hemp Program Ordinance is developed using a similar model to the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee with public outreach meetings but allow existing registrants to finish out this growing and harvest season.
2) Developing recommendations regarding testing of industrial hemp.
3) Developing recommendations on issues such as zoning, parcel size, setbacks, registration limits, crop size limits, maximum acreage within the County, signage, track and trace harvested crops, or other restrictions.
4) Develop recommendations on new ordinances, or updating existing ordinances, addressing industrial hemp cultivation, industrial hemp plant breeders, industrial hemp nurseries and processing/manufacturing.
5) Develop recommendations to create an administrative process for industrial hemp and provide best practices for the program by obtaining other counties best management practices and ordinances.
We will be discussing the items above at this meeting and taking public comment.

Full meeting notice is here:

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Food Bank Support During a PSPS

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This information provides a list of PGE partnered food banks to help provide food replacement options during PSPS events. Food replacement is offered for the duration of the PSPS event and 3 days following through participating food banks.

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Ballot Drop Box Locations in District IV

Open September 28 - November 3, 2020
IMPORTANT- The hours listed below for each Drop Box are the business hours for the facility at the time of printing this packet. ALL Drop Boxes will be locked at 8PM Election Day, November 3, 2020

Holiday Market Cool, 5030 Ellinghouse Dr.   6:00AM-10:00PM

MarVal Food Stores, 6049 Front St.   7:00AM-9:00PM

List of All Drop Boxes in El Dorado County:

See daily return statistics here: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/Elections/november-2020-general-return-statistics

Elections Department:


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Housing Element

 The Planning and Building Department staff will be providing a public workshop for the Planning Commission regarding the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update of El Dorado County's General Plan. The County is in the process of updating the Housing Element, which is one of the seven mandatory elements of El Dorado County's General Plan. This update is for the 8-year planning period of 2021 to 2029.

The workshop for the Housing Element Update will include an overview of the state-mandated requirements including the Housing Element schedule overview, a discussion of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, and an existing needs assessment as well as access to special needs housing. The discussion will also include key changes to state housing law and associated changes to the Housing Element Update process.

(No formal action will be taken by the Planning Commission)  
This item will then go to the Board of Supervisors for approval.

Meeting and participation information can be found here: https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Please submit your comments to the Clerk of the Planning Commission at planning@edcgov.us.


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