Cool Dollar General Appeal, Veterans Affairs Mtg, Fire Resilience, Fire Restrictions, Red Hawk Casino, Fireworks Ban, VHR Website, Happy 4th !

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Cool Dollar General Draft Minutes 6/29 Appeal Hearing
Draft Minutes

Draft Minutes:
A motion was made by Supervisor Hidahl, seconded by Supervisor Novasel to conceptually deny both appeals and conceptually uphold the approval of the Design Review Permit DR19-0006, amending Conditions of Approval 13, conceptually certify the Environmental Impact Report, and conceptually adopt the Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines Section 15074(d), incorporated as Conditions of Approval. Staff is directed to return to the Board with amended written Findings.

Condition of Approval 13 amended to remove the underlined language requiring construction of a Class 1 Bike Path and reinstate the strikethrough language allowing for payment of an in-lieu fee for the Class 2 Bike Lane.

Supervisor Hidahl, seconded by Supervisor Novasel moved to amend the motion to continue the item to a date certain of July 20, 2021.
Supervisors Turnboo and Parlin registered a No vote on this matter.

Yes: 3 - Novasel, Hidahl and Thomas
Noes: 2 - Parlin and Turnboo

All details of Item 43. 21-1052 are available here:

Link to video   Timestamp 5:52:53 


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Veterans Affairs Comm Meeting

For agenda, draft minutes and attachments go here:


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Fire-resilience Presentation
July 10, 13, 15, 17, 31
Fire Resilient

El Dorado County Master Gardeners have worked with fire personnel to develop and update recommendations to the public to relay current knowledge on what works to be fire-resilient and how to meet the standards set forth in the County’s relatively new Vegetation Management Ordinance enacted in 2019.
Learn how to balance safety and aesthetics in a manner that is water-wise, friendly to wildlife, and meet Fire Safe Regulations while increasing the chances that your home can withstand a wildfire.

• Saturday, July 10, 9 – 11 a.m., Northside Elementary School, Cool
• Tuesday, July 13, 6 – 8 p.m., Auburn Lake Trails Lakeside Clubhouse, Cool
• Thursday, July 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Georgetown Community Center
• Saturday, July 17, 9 – 11 a.m., Zoom Webinar*
• Saturday, July 31, 9 – 11 a.m., Marshall Grange Hall, Garden Valley

*Register for the July 17 Zoom Webinar or use this QR code. To receive a copy of the recorded Fire-resiliency presentation, register for the July 17 webinar. All. Other dates will be in-person presentations.

Register Here:


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 ALL Fireworks Illegal in El Dorado County
Cal Fire fireworks news release

ALL fireworks are illegal in El Dorado County. All of them. Even the "Safe and Sane" fireworks available at locations in our neighboring Counties. Don't use them in El Dorado County. It is your responsibility to check with your local ordinance regarding the use of fireworks.

Excerpt from CAL FIRE news release:
“In California, we have zero tolerance for the use and sale of illegal fireworks. Any person who causes a fire can be held liable for the costs of its suppression and associated property damage. Often these costs are in the hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of dollars.
There are also legal ramifications, when it comes to certain types of fireworks. Possession or transportation of illegal fireworks such as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers and other types that explode, go into the air, or move on the ground in an uncontrollable manner can lead to a possible fine of up to $50,000 as, well as prison time or jail for up to one year. Even "Safe and Sane" Fireworks taken into a city or county where they are banned are considered illegal.
All fireworks are banned in Alpine and El Dorado Counties.”


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 Red Hawk Casino Entertainment Center

The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (“Tribe”) has prepared a Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (“TEIR”) to assess the potential off-reservation impacts of the Tribe’s proposed expansion of the Red Hawk Casino to add an entertainment center. It is now released for a 45-day public review.

The proposed 75,000-square-foot entertainment center would be developed above the northern half of the existing parking garage. The entertainment center would incorporate additional entertainment and dining options such as a bowling alley, virtual reality gaming suites, indoor go-karting, bar, and meeting rooms. In addition to the entertainment center, this TEIR addresses the expansion of the existing parking garage. The southern half of the existing eight-level parking garage would be expanded with an additional three levels. The additional three levels would expand the number of parking spaces from 3,040 to 3,600.

The TEIR was developed in accordance with the requirements of the Tribal-State Compact (“Compact”) between the Tribe and the State of California. The TEIR process is outlined in the Tribe’s August 3, 2020 Compact with the State. The County is not a party to the Compact and the Compact is available at:

The Draft TEIR for the entertainment center is available on the Tribe’s website:

County press release here:


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Fire Restrictions

Wood, charcoal, and gas fires are only allowed in designated developed sites. View Forest Order 03-21-11 and Exhibit A to find out about all the restrictions and exemptions at:

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 Vacation Home Rental (VHR)
Code Enforcement Information & Resources Website

El Dorado County regulates, permits, and enforces vacation home rentals within its jurisdiction of the Tahoe Basin and West Slope, excluding the incorporated cities. VHRs operating within the city limits of the City of South Lake Tahoe are permitted and enforced by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. VHRs operating within the city limits of Placerville are permitted and enforced by the City of Placerville.

Within unincorporated El Dorado County, Code Enforcement administers the VHR enforcement program while staff from Planning Services administers the VHR permitting program.

The microsite links together the various aspects of the VHR program, including VHR permitting, Building permits, Fire Department inspections, and Code Enforcement activities. The new site will complement and supplement the existing VHR Permitting website and provides a seamless transition between Code Enforcement and Permitting activities.

Residents and visitors will now be able to go to one place on the County's web site and find information and resources including links to all VHR partner agencies and departments, FAQs, the Code Enforcement progressive enforcement approach, how to lodge a complaint, a permit tracking tool, contact information, penalties, and a sign-up page for a new VHR enforcement newsletter. 

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