Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Creekside Village Specific Plan
Review Period November 6, 2020 – December 7, 2020
County of El Dorado will be the Lead Agency and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Creekside Village Specific Plan (proposed project) located in unincorporated El Dorado County (County). This Notice of Preparation (NOP) initiates the environmental scoping process in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines (14 California Code of Regulations [CCR] Section 15082). The purpose of an NOP is to provide sufficient information about the proposed project and its potential environmental effects to allow public agencies, organizations, tribes and interested members of the public the opportunity to provide a meaningful response related to the scope and content of the EIR, including feasible mitigation measures and project alternatives that should be considered in the EIR.
El Dorado County is soliciting written comments from public agencies, organizations, and individuals regarding the scope and content of the environmental document. Because of time limits mandated by State law, comments should be provided no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2020.
Virtual Public Scoping Meeting Scheduled
El Dorado County will hold a scoping meeting to receive verbal comments regarding the scope and content of the environmental document and answer general questions regarding the environmental process. Due to COVID-19 social distance requirements, the scoping meeting will be held remotely. The meeting will be on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM.
Attendees can observe and participate via live stream of the scoping meeting by going to this website:
Attendees can also participate and join by phone: 1-669-900-6833 or 1-929-205-6099 Webinar ID 924 1489 7860
About the Project
The project site is located south of Highway 50, west of Latrobe Road and south of Investment Boulevard in the El Dorado Hills area (APN 117-010-012), see Figure 1. The project site is bordered on the north by the existing El Dorado Hills Business Park and the John Adams Academy Charter School, to the east by the Blackstone master planned community (Valley View Specific Plan), to the south by undeveloped rural residential and industrial lands, and to the west by undeveloped land in the Carson Creek Specific Plan zoned for research and development.
The project applicant proposes to develop a new 926-unit residential community located on an approximately 208-acre site. The project would include 115.9 acres of single-family low-density residential development, 21.0 acres of single-family medium-density residential development, 14.3 acres of parks, 46.3 acres of open space preserves and buffers, and 10.4 acres of roadways.
The current zoning and General Plan land use designation for the project site is Research & Development (R&D). The project would require a general plan amendment from R&D to AP – Adopted Plan and a rezone from R&D to SP – Creekside Village Specific Plan and establish a Specific Plan for Creekside Village.
The Creekside Village Specific Plan includes a single-family low-density residential land use designation that would include single-family residential, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and junior ADUs1 as well as neighborhood and community serving amenities such as parks, community clubhouses, and emergency services facilities. Low-density development would range from 4 to 8 dwelling units per gross acre, with a target dwelling unit count of 676. The single-family medium-density residential land use designation would allow for single-family dwellings, and two- and three-family dwellings as well as parks and public facilities. The draft Tentative Map includes two parcels designated for future development of medium-density residential that would range from 8 to 12 dwelling units per gross acre with a target dwelling unit count of 250.
Three parks are proposed: an 8.8-acre village park in the northeast area along Latrobe Road, a 3.3-acre neighborhood park in the south central area of the site, and a third 2.2-acre park located in the southeast corner of the site. The proposed Open Space Preserve designation would protect intermittent
drainages, seasonal wetlands, vernal pools, and ponds extending from the west to the northeast part of the project site. An Open Space buffer would be located along the western, northern, and southern borders of the site, as well as along Royal Oaks Drive.