Rezone Incentives??? Protecting Rural Character, Dollar General FEIR, Rx TakeBack, Trails Survey, River Aide

El Dorado County

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In This Issue:

Does “Green Means Go” Incentivize Rezones?
Make Your Voice Heard

Green means go map


On 4/13/21, the Board discussed whether or not to approve a Resolution to support SACOG’s Green Means Go program. According to its website,, Green Means Go “ ... will create more infill housing opportunities and greater mobility…”

Many questions were raised without clear answers, such as:

  • Why are parcels designated as Open Space, such as the Old El Dorado Hills Golf Course, Cameron Park Golf Course, and Pine Hill Preserve, included in the proposed Green Zones to incentivize infill housing?
  • What is the definition of infill development?
  • Why are parcels larger than 5 acres included in the proposed Green Zones?
  • Was the public involved in this process?
  • Are these Green Zone designations going to be used to support General Plan Amendments for high-density housing on Open Space, Medium Density Residential, or Low Density Residential parcels?
  • Is there a way to craft the Resolution to allow the County to apply for Green Means Go grants and also preclude incentivizing General Plan Amendments?
  • Should El Dorado County join Green Means Go when it hasn’t implemented Community Design Standards to protect community character nor its Infill Ordinance, as directed in the General Plan?
  • Why didn’t the proposed Green Zones include Shingle Springs and El Dorado in their description when those communities are included on the proposed maps?

Supervisor Parlin asked many of these questions and advocated that if El Dorado County does approve a Resolution to support Green Means Go, then the Resolution must be crafted in a way that the public can trust that it won’t be used to support high-density development on Open Space, Medium Density Residential, or Low Density Residential parcels.

The draft minutes for item 20. 21-0369 have been posted regarding the Green Means Go pilot program:

“A motion was made by Supervisor Thomas, seconded by Supervisor Novasel to Continue this matter to May 4, 2021 and direct staff to return to the Board with a revised Resolution which strengthens the language on protecting current community character.

Yes: 4 - Novasel, Hidahl, Parlin and Thomas
Noes: 1 - Turnboo”

Video of the Board’s discussion is available here:

The documents from the discussion are available here:

Why are Open Space, Industrial, and Medium Density Residential parcels included in a map for infill housing incentives?

Green Means Go map with text

Send your comments to the Clerk of the Board at BEFORE noon on 5/3/21. The Clerk will forward your email to all 5 Supervisors and add it to the public record. Do not email information that you do not want in the public record. The agenda with Zoom instructions will be posted here:

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 Long Range Planning Priorities:
Protecting Rural Community Character
With Design Standards


On 4/13/21 the Board discussed the priorities of work for the Long Range Planning Division (LRP). The Board approved Design Standards for Rural Centers as a Tier 1 Priority for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, beginning with the Rural Centers of Georgetown, Cool, Somerset and Fairplay.

Additionally, the Board approved the Mira Loma Rezone and General Plan Amendment as a Tier 1 priority.

Lastly, the Board clarified that the Design Standards for the Community Regions of Shingle Springs, Diamond Springs/El Dorado, Cameron Park, and El Dorado Hills are a Tier 1 priority.

To view the Board’s discussion on this priority list of projects for the Long Range Planning division, click here:

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 Cool Dollar General Final EIR
Planning Commission May 13, 2021
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The County of El Dorado Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667 on May 13, 2021, at 8:30 a.m., to consider the following: Design Review DR19-0006/Cool General Retail submitted by Woodcrest REV (Agent: Steve Powell) to request a Design Review Permit for the proposed construction and operation of a 9,100 square foot commercial retail building and associated driveway, parking lot, utilities, signage, and landscaping improvements. The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Number 071-500-037, consisting of 1.69 acres, is located on the east side of California State Highway 49 south of the intersection with Northside Drive, in the Cool Rural Center area, Supervisorial District 4. (County Planner: Evan Mattes, 530-621-5994) [An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (State Clearinghouse No. 2020049050) consisting of a Draft EIR and Final EIR has been prepared for the project]

Hearing Notice is here:

Documents will be available approximately 2 weeks prior to the hearing here:

Send comments on the Final EIR to prior to May 6, 2021 so that staff will have time to respond to your comment in their report.

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 RX TakeBack

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. DEA TAKEBACK Day provides a safe, convenient, and anonymous means of disposing of prescription drugs.

TakeBack sites in Georgetown at 6101 Front St., Walmart parking lot, El Dorado Hills at 4364 Town Center Blvd, and more sites added daily.

Collection site locator:

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El Dorado County Trails Survey
Trails use 

Mother Lode Trail Stewardship would like to find out what types of trail users are in our community and get your thoughts on how we can best accomplish our mission to Create - Enhance - Preserve and Promote trail experiences in our region.

Please note that many of the terms in the survey are directed toward off road bicycling, so feel free to add your comments about other forms of trail use in the Feedback section of the survey.

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El Dorado County Employment Opportunity 
River Aide
river aid

The County of El Dorado is recruiting applicants for River Aide - Extra Help. This recruitment will establish a list for the purpose of filling current and future extra help vacancies for at least three (3) months.

We currently have the following vacancies:

  • Two (2) extra help vacancies in the Chief Administrative Office, Parks Division located in Placerville, CA. Extra help vacancies are made to maintain adequate coverage of work for short periods of time at frequent intervals, where employment is of a recurrent nature depending on the needs of the Agency; work may be seasonal, on-call, and/or for a limited duration.

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