Dollar General Appeal, Mortgage Relief, Pioneer Energy Committee Vacancy, Energy Assistance Program, Housing Plan, Mosquito Bridge, Photo Contest

El Dorado County

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 $ Gen appeal

The County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on June 29, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. to consider separate requests received from Woodcrest Real Estate Ventures and Divide Preservation Society & Cool Pilot Hill Advisory Committee appealing the Planning Commission’s May 13, 2021 conditional approval of Design Review DR19- 0006/Cool General Retail to allow the construction and operation of a 9,100 square foot commercial retail building and associated driveway, parking lot, utilities, signage, and landscaping improvements.

All persons interested are invited to write their comments to the Board of Supervisors in advance of the hearing. If you challenge the application in court, you may be limited to raising only those items you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Board of Supervisors at, or prior to, the public hearing. Any written correspondence should be directed to the County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 or via email: Please submit your comment via email by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the Board meeting. Your comment will be placed into the record and forwarded to the Board of Supervisors.

Members of the public may address the Board in-person or via Zoom to make a public comment. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For full participation instructions and details of Item 43. 21-1052 see the Agenda: 

Notice of Public Hearing

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 COVID-19 Mortgage Payment Forbearance - Deadline June 30, 2021

HUD relief 

To assist FHA borrowers with keeping their homes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is promoting a COVID-19 forbearance option to constituents in our area. This relief will only be available until June 30, 2021.

If you are current on your mortgage payments or are already on a mortgage payment forbearance, please disregard.

Forbearance is when your mortgage servicer or lender allows you to pause or reduce your mortgage payments for a limited time while you build back your finances. Forbearance can help you deal with a financial hardship, such as unemployment or reduction of income.

Forbearance doesn’t mean your payments are forgiven or erased. Under forbearance, you are still obligated to repay any missed payments, which, in most cases, may be repaid over time or when you refinance or sell your home.

Action steps
If the pandemic has made it difficult for you to make your mortgage payments, follow the steps below to pause or reduce your payments.

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Pioneer Community Energy

On June 8, 2021, El Dorado County formally announced it joined Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) to bring businesses and residents a choice in electric generation providers starting January 2022 and that the Pioneer board is accepting applications for its newly created advisory committee.

El Dorado County representatives approached Pioneer in the summer of 2020 expressing interest in receiving the benefits of the Pioneer Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program including local control and stable rates for electric generation. The Pioneer Board is also accepting applications from residents to serve on its 11-member Community Programs Advisory Committee.

Applications may be submitted by email to or mailed to Pioneer Community Energy, Atten: CPAC, 2510 Warren Drive, Suite B, Rocklin CA 95677.

Interested individuals should complete an application and submit it by June 30, 2021.

For more information visit

Press Release here:,-Urges-Residents-to-Apply-for-Advisory-Committee.aspx

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The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps income-eligible households pay their energy bill or heating fuel provider. Eligible homeowners or renters may qualify to have a specific payment amount credited to their electric utility account or receive financial assistance in obtaining firewood, propane, pellets or heating oil. In addition to the credit on their utility bill, eligible households will receive valuable information about energy conservation and practical tips on how to save money on energy costs.

Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and families with children under age 5. Eligible El Dorado and Alpine County residents may apply for this program.

Applications for HEAP are accepted by APPOINTMENT ONLY. To make an appointment, please call 530-621-6150.


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  Housing Plan Released for Public Review

Housing Element

El Dorado County's housing plan is available for public comment and has been submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. The "2021-2029 Housing Element Update" is the County's plan for addressing the housing needs of residents of all income levels in the unincorporated areas of the county. It is intended to ensure that decent, safe, affordable shelter is provided for all residents in the unincorporated County. Every city and county in California is required to have a Housing Element. State law defines the specific topics that must be covered.

The Public Review Draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update is available on the County Long Range Planning website at

The Planning and Building Department will accept public comments through July 8, 2021 which will be incorporated into the final draft document for Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors review. The Housing Element is tentatively scheduled for discussion by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors on July 19, 2021 at 9am. Detailed information will be posted here:

Full Press release here:,-Released-to-Public--.aspx

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Historic Mosquito Bridge Temporary Maintenance Closure

Mosquito Bridge Closure

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation has scheduled the annual maintenance of the historic Mosquito Bridge beginning Monday, July 12, 2021, through Thursday, July 29, 2021, from 7am to 4pm. The bridge, which was built in 1867 and spans the South Fork of the American River north of Placerville, will be closed to traffic during that period.

Project dates and times are estimates based on favorable weather conditions. Motorists will be required to use State Highway 193 to Rock Creek Road as a detour. Slower speeds and caution are highly recommended.

Portable changeable message signs will be placed to keep motorists updated on any changes to the timing of the project.

Your cooperation and patience during this project is appreciated. Questions regarding maintenance activities may be directed to the Transportation Division’s Maintenance Unit at (530) 642-4909.

For a status of the New Mosquito Bridge Project go here:

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 RCRC County Photo Contest


Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) has launched its 5th Annual Rural County Photo Contest. Created to promote tourism and local economic development, RCRC will accept photo submissions beginning July 1, 2021 through July 31, 2021. The winning photograph will be unveiled at the September RCRC Board of Directors Meeting. Last year's winner was submitted by Jason Brand of El Dorado County.

The Memo can be accessed here:

The Official Rules can be accessed here.

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