New Supporting Documents Added to CUP18-0006 El Dorado Disposal Recycling Facility In El Dorado Hills

Nine new supporting documents have been added to the eTRAKiT file for the proposed Conditional Use Permit for El Dorado Disposal to operate a  temporary debris and green waste processing facility.

The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 117-020-08 and 117-020-09, consists of 97 acres, and is located on the end of Wetsel/Oviatt Road  approximately 1.4 miles west of the intersection with Latrobe Road, in the El Dorado Hills area. This will function as a temporary sorting location for the existing Material Recovery Facility (MRF) on Throwita Way in Placeville/Diamond Springs while the existing MRF is reconfigured and soil contamination is corrected over a proposed three year period.

The Throwita Way MRF will continue to be used for serving the public. Materials from the MRF will be transported by El Dorado Disposal vehicles to the Wetsel/Oviatt Road temporary facility for sorting. From there the sorted materials will enter the existing El Dorado Disposal waste streams. There will be no public access at the Wetsel/Oviatt Road temporary facility, and no access from other commercial or municipal waste handlers.

The EDHAPAC CUP18-0006 Project Document(s) Page is HERE
From the October 4, 2018 Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study_Staff Report Exhibit H (CUP18-0006)
*(Page 33/44) –

Ditches and berms exist on‐site that direct some run‐on stormwater around the site and into an existing stormwater basin. Minor grading and culvert installation would occur to create drainage
swales to route all stormwater run‐on around the facility and stormwater runoff into a proposed stormwater basin. Minor grading would also occur to construct a level pad for the C&D sorting line.
Overall, temporary site construction activity would consist of minor grading to construct a level pad and drainage swales, excavating a stormwater detention basin, construction of a temporary concrete pad, installation of temporary trailer/office, portable toilets, and temporary power, and paving portions of the site. Construction activity is expected to last 20 working days. The temporary site would require approximately 700 cy of soil fill and 3,000 cy of soil cut. The excess soil quantities would be stockpiled on‐site. Construction of the temporary site is expected to take approximately 20 workdays.

Temporary Off‐site Facility—Trip Generation
C&D debris and green/wood waste delivered to the MRF by the public would be transferred to this site. The temporary site would utilize existing access provided by Wetsel‐Oviatt Road. No paving or other improvements to this road are planned. Franchise greenwaste truckloads (route trucks) and separated C&D debris commercial truckloads would be diverted from the MRF and delivered directly to the site. Based on information provided by the Draft Joint Technical Document Containing Facility Plan for C&D Recycling Operations Plan for Green/Wood Waste Processing by Lawrence & Associates (Appendix I), it is anticipated that the temporary site would incur an average of 55 daily two‐way traffic trips. Of these, approximately 49 trips are trips diverted from the existing site to the temporary site. Of these diverted trips, approximately 29 trips would consist of greenwaste and C&D waste truck trips and the remaining 20 trips would consist of employee and visitor trips. The remaining 6 two‐way trips would be new and consist of maintenance and fueling truck trips and water truck trips. The greenwaste and C&D waste truck trips consist of set routes to the MRF facility. As a result of the diversion of the truck trips to the temporary site, some greenwaste and C&D waste truck trip routes would result in a reduction in total vehicle miles traveled (VMT), while other trip routes would result in an increase in total VMT. Based on information provided by the applicant, the net increase of total VMT for the diverted truck trips would result in an additional 1,504 miles per year. The new maintenance and fueling truck trip lengths are based on the Draft Joint Technical Document Containing Facility Plan for C&D Recycling Operations Plan for Green/Wood Waste Processing by Lawrence & Associates (Appendix I). The total trip lengths for employees and visitors are based on the CalEEMod default trip lengths for general industrial projects.

1.5 ‐ Required Discretionary Approvals
The proposed project would require the following discretionary approvals:
 Conditional Use Permit Update (Existing Site)—El Dorado County
 Conditional Use Permit (Temporary Site)—El Dorado County
 Extension of sewer facilities—El Dorado Irrigation District
 Right‐of‐Way Abandonment—El Dorado County Department of Transportation

As previously indicated, the MRF operates under an existing special use permit. Because this project is primarily a renovation of existing operations, the existing special use permit would be revised via an updated Conditional Use Permit. As part of the revision, the total allowable daily tonnage would no longer be split up into waste types, but instead simplified to 700 tpd maximum. This maximum tpd is consistent with the existing permit, but allows for more flexibility in the amount of each waste type received. Actual waste processed at the site is not expected to change as a result of the renovation or update to the Special Use Permit.

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County Announced Zoning Ordinance Minor Update

El Dorado County has announced the recently updated the Zoning Ordinance (Title 130 of the County Ordinance Code) with minor amendments. Most of the changes were correcting minor
formatting errors and typos to ensure internal consistency between the Articles contained within the Zoning Ordinance. The amendment also included 11 parcel specific rezones to several properties which were identified as having a documented mapping error.

In addition to formatting corrections, outdoor entertainment uses are now allowed with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit in the Commercial Main Street (CM) zone; personal service uses are allowed either by right or with the granting of a Conditional Use Permit in the Professional Office (CPO) zone; and winery production is allowed with the granting of a Conditional Use Permit in the Commercial Main Street (CM) zone.

The adopted ordinance is posted on the County website at:

Read the full press release:

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August 2018: Eleven Updated El Dorado Hills Development Projects

A review of project documents available on El Dorado County’s TRAKiT online project/permit tracking system indicates eleven projects with updated documents and or event dates for review or public hearings.

PD-R18-0003 Sienna Ridge Revision PD07-0008R

Sienna Ridge Retail Center – sign package modification

TM-F18-0010 Carson Creek Unit 2B Phase 1 TM06-1428

Carson Creek Unit 2B Phase 1 – 178 single-family residential lots, 8 lettered lots, and 1 large lot

TM-F18-0011 Carson Creek Unit 2B Phase 2 TM06-1428

Carson Creek Unit 2B Phase 2 – 143 single-family residential lots and 4 lettered lots

P18-0005 White Rock Village

One single-family detached parcel and three open space parcels

P18-0007 CSS Properties Parcel Map

4921 & 4925 Robert J. Mathews Parkway. Proposed division of an existing parcel into two (2) new parcels

P18-0008 CSS Properties Parcel Map

4980 & 4990 Hillsdale Circle. Proposed division of an existing parcel into two (2) new parcels

P18-0010 1165 Investment Boulevard

5130, 5140 & 5160 Robert J. Mathews Parkway. Proposed division of an existing parcel into four (4) new parcels

Sandstone Business Park PROJ18-0002 Z18-0005 PD18-0004 P18-0009

Create 3 lots, ranging in size from 5000sf to 6000sf

TUP18-0014 Oakmont Temporary Marketing Trailer

Temporary Information Trailer to answer questions regarding the units and amenities within a new senior living facility while it is being built at 2020 Town Center West Way, El Dorado Hills

Quantum Care Place CUP18-0005

64,444 square foot senior assisted living facility on 4.11 acres of CC-OS zoned parcel. Public Hearing September 27, 2018

TM-E-18-0001 Serrano Village C2

Planned Development Permit for proposed 50 lot subdivision. Public Hearing September 27, 2018

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Nine EDH Project Documents Updated

El Dorado County has switched away from the legacy Project Status pages ( here and here ) for tracking project documents (not on the Legistar Calendar, for agency actions), to a new online permit tracking website. The old Project Status search pages would allow a user to select a specific area: El Dorado Hills, Cameron Park, Rescue, etc -or a Supervisor District. It would also allow users to search for specific types of documents:  Design Review, General Plan Amendment, Parcel Map, Rezone – or even ALL documents types

Then it would generate a search result listing of all projects that matched:

The new site eTrackiT has been difficult to navigate, as users cannot just select an area, and type of project files they want to search for, as they previously did on the legacy Project Status pages. A user looking for project information almost has to know one of the following:

  1. Project Name: This has to exactly match the project name that the County enters into the system – the more commonly known public marketing name may not generate a result
  2. Description: Must match what County staff have entered into the tracking system
  3. Developer Name: Must match what Staff have entered into the tracking system. Developers frequently use different legal names, for different projects
  4. Project Number: Users must know the project number to find the project – these are not commonly found by the public. The County has also modified project numbering to accommodate the new system
  5. APN Number: Users must know the Assessor’s parcel number for the project

It is possible to generate a search result list, if the user enters the beginning of a document number – such as PD (planned development), TM (tentative subdivision map) , Z (zoning), etc. But this will generate results from all areas of the County.

EDH APAC has recently added nine new project details to project document pages for El Dorado Hills area projects found in eTRAKiT. These are:

Hawk View TM00-1371-F-Unit1 TM-F18-0004 TM-F18-0005

Serrano Village M2 and M3 Time Extension TM01-1381R TM-E18-0002

Serrano Village C2 TM08-1465-E TM-E18-0001

Serrano Village K5 Phase 2 TM-F18-0003 TM10-1496-R

Promontory Village 7 Large Lot Final TM-F18-0006

Serrano M3 Unit 1 Final TM-F18-0007 TM01-1381-R-5

Serrano J6 Final TM-F18-0008 TM13-1511

Serrano J6 Unit 3 Final TM-F18-0009 TM13-1511-F2

Serrano J7 TM18-1536 PD18-0005

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El Dorado County Line Multi-Modal Transit Center Study Community Open House – Summary

AIM Consulting has released a summary of the results from public comments generated at the May 17, 2018 Community open house for the El Dorado County Line Multi-Modal Transit Center Study,  sponsored by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission and El Dorado Transit. This study is envisioned to find a replacement for the existing El Dorado Transit Park and Ride facility at White Rock Rd and Post St in Town Center (behind the Big O Tires store).

The current facility is maxed out (167 parking spaces). The concept is to provide a more capable facility, to handle more parking spaces and to provide additional services to draw more commute riders into El Dorado Transit Commuter buses into Sacramento and Folsom, and to get more cars off of HWY50. The focus is for  transportation between El Dorado Hills & Sacramento County. Options are being explored to make the facility more ‘walkable’ and ‘bikeable’ as well as amenities like electric charging stations for hybrid and full electric vehicles, access for school buses from school districts, bike lockers, a rideshare drop off lane (Uber/Lyft) and other potential concepts like shops and a cafe. Potential for parking El Dorado Transit vehicles on site is also desired.

Potential sites for the new facility have been located in and around White Rock Rd and Latrobe Rd – the facility needs to be near HWY50 to minimize the time spent getting on and off the highway.

From the summary:

Next Steps
Over the summer, the project team will develop a plan for the new El Dorado Hills transit center. In the fall, the project team will host a second public workshop to explore proposed transit center options. The project team will present a recommended plan to the public and the EDCTC Board at the end of the year.

The full study summary is here in PDF Format.


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DR08-0003-R Saratoga Retail Drive-Thru Modified Project

The project applicants for DR08-0003-R are exploring a revised configuration of their project that was denied by the El Dorado County Planning Commission in February 2018.

The previous project was seeking a design review: adding a third building, but reducing overall square footage of the commercial space. Two buildings were proposed to be fast food drive-thru restaurants, and a third building that would be a non-food retail space.

The revised proposal is to eliminate one of the fast food buildings, and returning to the previously approved two building configuration, again with reduced square footage. One building is proposed to be a fast food drive-thru, the second building will be a non-food retail space. By removing the third building the applicant suggests that they would be able to accommodate RV parking.

The applicant is conducting a public outreach meeting with El Dorado Hills residents on June 26, 2018, at 6:00PM at the Holiday Inn Express in El Dorado Hills Town Center.

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EDH Fire Department New El Dorado Hills Development Projects List

At the January 18, 2018 El Dorado Hills County Water District (EDH Fire Department) Board of Directors meeting, El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s Fire Marshal, Marshall Cox, provided a comprehensive list of current and proposed development projects in El Dorado Hills, and the immediate surrounding communities where the EDH Fire Department provides service, for the Board’s review.

Many residents are not aware that every project proposed in El Dorado Hills is reviewed by the El Dorado Hills Fire Department prior to moving through the approvals process. The Fire Department ensures that all projects are in compliance with fire codes – things like road widths, and building access and heights – to make sure that new projects can be served by EDH FD equipment, and that adequate water supply and fire hydrants are available to serve the project, and the project area, as well as many other criteria. The EDH FD doesn’t make recommendations about projects like the County Planning Services Dept, the Planning Commission, or the County Board of Supervisors (should it be built, should it be modified, is it an appropriate land use, is zoning correct, etc), they simply make sure that a project is in compliance with the fire code, and that the EDH FD has the resources to provide service to the project.

There are many projects on the list that residents my not be aware of, some new, as well as some that may have been forgotten (there are several older projects on the list), such as the Hampton Inn & Suites/Serrano on Saratoga and Arrowhead (which is now known as Sartoga Commercial), or “Town Center ACE Hardware” which currently has no available public information. Additionally, the EDH Fire Department does not monitor road improvement plans, like the new Country Club Dr realignment to Bass Lake Rd, so there are no road projects on the list.
A great aspect of this list is that it provides basic information for all the projects impacting El Dorado Hills in one document – as anyone who has tried to research projects on the El Dorado County website could tell you, there are multiple locations for project documents:

With all of these document locations, finding all the available information for any particular project can be overwhelming.

EDH FD Fire Marshal, Marshall Cox was kind enough to provide EDH APAC with an updated copy of the EDH FD New Development Report. APAC volunteers would like to thank Fire Marshal Cox, as well as the EDH Fire Department, for sharing this list, and for their commitment to helping to keep existing and new projects in El Dorado Hills as safe as possible.

Review the complete list in a single PDF document HERE

Here are some snapshots of the individual pages:
Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

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Carson Creek Specific Plan Rezone Requested For New Age Restricted Community

El Dorado County received an application packet date stamped for November 15 2017 requesting a Rezone of part of the existing Carson Creek Specific Plan. The rezone requests seeks to remove a Research and Development Category, as well as an Industrial Category from the the 1994 Carson Creek Specific Plan (approved March 4, 1997). The original Carson Creek Specific Plan provided for 1700 age restricted residential units (ARUs). The project proposes two access points on Latrobe Road, one of which would be provided by a new road, and would provide access to a previously

From the application packet:

The Carson Creek Specific Plan (SP94-02) was approved on March 4, 1997 with a Development Agreement. The Specific Plan is encompassed within 71O acres of land generally located west of the El Dorado Hills Business Park and south of Golden Foothills Parkway. On September 27, 1999, the Board of Supervisors approved Amendments to the Specific Plan that includes a maximum of 1,700 Age-Restricted Residential Units (ARUs) and a Development Agreement. Exhibit B (land Use Plan) included 34.4 acres of R&D and 59.7 acres of Industrial. The actual resultant acreages are currently 33.3± acres and 57 .0± acres respectively after Lennar Homes of Northern California, Inc. obtained a permit from the ACOE SPK-1992-00105 (the permit). The permit conditions nominally expanded the Open Space and reduced the R&D and Industrial acreage as shown. Subsequent project approvals included the Euer Ranch 460 ARU~_(TM96-1317 and TM04-1389), Carson Creek Unit 1 285 ARUs (TM04-1391R), Carson Creek Unit 2, 630 ARUs 111 (TM06-1428R), and Carson Creek Unit 3 140 AR Us (TM14-1519). The ARU sum total is 1,515 ARUs. The total number of potential remaining allowable ARUs under the current approvals is 185 ARUs notwithstanding the “Accompanying Consideration” enumerated below. None of the R&D or Industrial has been developed to date.

Pre-Application and Conceptual Review
Policy J-6 established criteria for initiation of a Specific Plan Amendment {SPA)
Project Description
Amend Land Use Plan
1. Delete {RD) Research and Development Category
2. Delete (I) Industrial Category
3. Add 3.1± acres additional (CC) Community Center
4. Add 1.7± acres (LC} Local Convenience Commercial
5. Add 84. 1 ± acres New Residential Village 11
6. An increase the Open Space (OS) from 12.6± acres to 13.5 acres±
7. No change to the 30 Acre Park
Total SPA Area= 132.4± acres

The proposed project would be an Age-Restricted Community and would have two accesses on to Latrobe Road; full time access on to Investment Boulevard and secondary access through the DST property on a new roadway that will intersect with the Latrobe Road. The new roadway will provide access to the 30 acre park site in addition to the proposed age-restricted community. The project would include 415 Age-Restricted Units (AR Us), a 3.1 ± acre Community Center, and 1.7± acres of Local Convenience Commercial. It would be served by the El Dorado Irrigation District. Onsite roads are gated and privately maintained not withstanding a short extension of Investment Blvd; this is to be publicly maintained. The 30 acre Regional Park and related policy remains unchanged notwithstanding conditions of the ACOE SPK-1992-00105 (the permit}. Based on the Carson Creek development pattern and high demand that has occurred over the past 14 years coupled with a demonstrated lack of demand for RD and I uses a Specific Plan amendment request is warranted.

Further, the project applicants are seeking a 20% “Density Bonus” which would allow for up to an additional 340 units, for a total of 2040 ARUs. Also from the application packet:

The project will be constructed as an age-restricted community meeting the definition of a “senior citizen housing developmenr under California Civil Code Sections 51.3 and 51.2. Therefore, Applicant is entitled to a twenty percent density bonus pursuant to the state Density Bonus Law (California
Government Code Section 65915) and the El Dorado County Code (Section 130.31.010 et seq). Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65915(f)(5), the granting of such a density bonus “shall not require, or be interpreted, in and of itself, to require a general plan amendment.. … zoning change, or other discretionary approval.” Therefore Applicant is entitled to the following:

1,700 (units assigned under the Specific Plan) X 1.20 (amount of bonus) = 2,040 Available Units after the Density Bonus
Specific Plan= 1,700 units
20% Density Bonus = 340 units
1,700 units+ 340 bonus units= 2,040 units

Project documents will be linked at the EDH APAC PA 17-0004 CCSP Age Restricted Community Rezone Project Document Page


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Planning Commission To Hold Hearings on THREE El Dorado Hills Projects Dec 14 2017

The El Dorado County Planning Commission has scheduled to hold hearings on three significant projects impacting El Dorado Hills, on December 14 2017, starting at 8:30AM in Placerville. The order of the hearings has not been determined. Public Comment NEEDS TO BE RECEIVED no later than December 13 2017.

Event details HERE

El Dorado Hills Apartments at Town Center East APAC FILES HERE
The project applicant is seeking four distinct entitlements:
(1) General Plan Amendment adding a new policy under Objective 2.2.6 (Site Specific Policy Section) increasing the maximum residential density allowed in the General Plan from 24 dwelling units/acre to a maximum of 47 dwelling units/acre for the 4.565-acre site within the Town Center East Planned Development area identified as Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 121-290-60, 121-290-61, and 121-290-62;
(2) El Dorado Hills Specific Plan Amendment incorporating multifamily residential use, density, and related standards for the apartment project. The project site would be designated as “Urban Infill Residential” within the Village T area of the El Dorado Hills Specific Plan;
(3) Rezone of project site from General Commercial-Planned Development (CG-PD) to  multifamily Residential-Planned Development (RM-PD) and revisions to the Multifamily Residential zone district development standards applicable to the proposed 214-unit apartment complex; and
(4) Revisions to the approved Town Center East Development Plan incorporating multifamily residential use, density, and related design and development standards for the proposed 214-unit apartment complex within Planning Area 2 of the Town Center East Development Plan.
The proposed apartment complex would be contained in two 4-story, 60-foot-tall buildings and a 5-level, 60-foot-tall parking garage and other on-site amenities. The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 121-290-60, 121-290-61, and 121-290-62, consisting of 4.56 acres, is located on the northwest corner of Town Center Blvd. and Vine Street, within the Town Center East Planned Commercial Center, in the El Dorado Hills area, Supervisorial District 1. (County Planner: Mel Pabalinas) (Environmental Impact Report prepared, State Clearinghouse No. 201704217)

EDH APAC voted 7-0 non-support for this project in August 2017

Public comments can be submitted on the project by December 13, 2017
Address public comments to :
County Planner Mel Pabalinas [ ]
Please be certain to cc:
As well as the Clerk of the Planning Commission, Char Tim [ ]


Saratoga Retail (previously The Shops at El Dorado Hills) APAC FILES HERE
The Planning Commission is considering an application for a Design Review Revision- to add one building and reduce square footage by 6,907 square feet from Design Review DR08-0003/The Shops at El Dorado Hills, that was originally approved by the Planning Commission in 2009 with 3 buildings totaling 30,628 square feet. Phase 1 has been constructed as a Walgreens (13,263 square feet). Phase 2 is proposed to be 3 buildings totaling 10,458 square feet consisting of: one 2,800 square foot restaurant with a drive-thru lane; one 3,000 square foot retail commercial building; and one 4,658 square foot restaurant with a drive-thru lane. The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Numbers 120-690-07 and 120-690-08, consisting of 1.71 acres, is located on the west side of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, south of the intersection with Saratoga Way, in the El Dorado Hills area, Supervisorial District 1. (County Planner: Efren Sanchez) (Negative Declaration prepared)*

*This is a notice of intent to adopt the negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration that has been prepared for this project and which may be reviewed and/or obtained in the County of El Dorado Planning and Building Department, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667, during normal business hours or online at A negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration is a document filed to satisfy CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). This document states that there are no significant environmental effects resulting from the project, or that conditions have been proposed which would mitigate or reduce potential negative effects to an insignificant level.

EDH APAC sent this letter to El Dorado County Community Development Agency / Development Services Department, Planning Division on August 31 2017 – no response has been received.

November 9 2017 Proposed Negative Declaration and Initial Study DR08-0003-R (506 pages)

Public comments can be submitted on the project by December 13, 2017
Address public comments to :
County Planner Efren Sanchez [ ]
Please be certain to cc:
As well as the Clerk of the Planning Commission, Char Tim [ ]


El Dorado Hills Memory Care (The Pavilions) APAC FILES HERE
The County of El Dorado Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider Planned Development PD16-0003/El Dorado Hills Memory Care (The Pavilions) submitted by FAMILY REAL PROPERTY for a Planned Development permit to allow the construction and operation of a 64-bed, single-story, 38,784 square-foot memory care facility. The project includes a maximum of 42 parking stalls (including 12 reserve stalls), landscaping, and three monument signs. The facility will be accessed from Francisco Drive and Cambria Way. The property, identified by Assessor’s Parcel Number 124-140-33, consisting of 6.85 acres, is located on the southwest corner of Green Valley Road and Francisco Drive, in the El Dorado Hills area, Supervisorial District 1. (County Planner: Mel Pabalinas) (Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared)*
The draft mitigated negative declaration for the PD16-0003 project addresses environmental issues including Aesthetic/Visual, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Forest Land/Fire Hazard, Geologic/Seismic, Noise, Public Services/Facilities, Traffic/Circulation, Vegetation, Water Quality, Wetland/Riparian, and Land Use. No hazardous waste sites are located within the vicinity of the project. Mitigation has been identified which would reduce potentially significant impacts to a level of insignificance.

*This is a notice of intent to adopt the negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration that has been prepared for this project and which may be reviewed and/or obtained in the County of El Dorado Planning and Building Department, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667, during normal business hours or online at A negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration is a document filed to satisfy CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). This document states that there are no significant environmental effects resulting from the project, or that conditions have been proposed which would mitigate or reduce potential negative effects to an insignificant level. The public review period for the negative declaration or mitigated negative declaration set forth in CEQA for this project is thirty days, beginning November 14, 2017, and ending December 13, 2017.

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study_PD16-0003
Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study_Attachments A-O_PD16-0003
Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study_Attachments P-S_PD16-0003
Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study_Attachment T_PD16-0003

Public comments can be submitted on the project by December 13, 2017
Address public comments to :
County Planner Mel Pabalinas [ ]
Please be certain to cc:
As well as the Clerk of the Planning Commission, Char Tim [ ]

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Vineyards At El Dorado Hills Scoping Meeting Oct 26 2017

APAC Project Documents


DATE: October 11, 2017

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Rommel (Mel) Pabalinas, Senior Planner, County of El Dorado

The County of El Dorado (County) will be the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Vineyards at El Dorado Hills (Project) in El Dorado County. This Notice of Preparation (NOP) and notice of publicscoping meeting has been issued to solicit comments from responsible and trustee agencies and other interested parties regarding the scope and content of the environmental information and analyses that should be included in the Draft EIR. The location, project description, project entitlement requests, and potentialenvironmental effects of the proposed project are summarized below.

Comments and suggestions are requested during the 30-day public comment period for the NOP regarding the environmental issues that will be analyzed in the EIR. Agencies and interested parties may provide the County with written comments on topics to be addressed in the EIR for the project. Because of time limitsmandated by State law, comments should be provided no later than 5:00 PM on November 13, 2017. Keep in mind that there will be another opportunity to submit detailed comments when the Draft EIR is released for public review. Please mail, email, or fax your comments to:

Rommel (Mel) Pabalinas, Senior Planner

El Dorado County Development Services Department, Planning Division 2850 Fair Lane Court, Building C

Placerville, CA 95667


Fax: (530) 642-0508

The County will hold a public scoping meeting to provide additional information about the Project and to receive verbal and written comments.

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: El Dorado Hills Fire Department Station No. 85, 1050Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

The scoping meeting format will be an open house; interested parties may arrive at any time during the 2-hour window to receive information on the Project or provide comments.



The proposed Vineyards at El Dorado Hills (project) is located east of El Dorado Hills, California, an unincorporated area of El Dorado County (County) that is approximately 23 miles east of Sacramento and 20 miles west of Placerville (see Figure 1). The project site is located in a rural area with existing rural and single-familyresidential uses located in the vicinity. Malcolm Dixon Road is located along the southern project boundary (see Figure 2). The project site is identified by Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN) 126-100-24. Most of the site is characterized by gentle to moderate slopes (see Figure 3), with scattered individual oak trees with majority of theoak woodlands concentrated in the northwest corner of the project (see Figure 4). Six existing structures are located in the southern portion of the project site near Malcolm Dixon Road. These structures include a schoolhouse, barn, pumphouse, and associated outbuildings located in the southwest area of the site, and aresidence and outbuildings in the southeast area of the site. The surrounding land uses include oak woodlands and rural residential uses to the north, Malcolm Dixon Road, low density residential uses, and Green Valley Road to the south, Arroyo Vista Way, oak woodlands, and rural residential uses to the east, and oakwoodlands, Salmon Falls Road, and rural residential uses to the west.


The project site is approximately 114.03 acres (4,967,147 square feet) of largely undeveloped nonnative grassland and oak woodland and ranges in elevation from approximately 687 to 879 feet above sea level sloping gently east to west. The County General Plan designates the project site as Low Density Residential (LDR) (seeFigure 5). The County’s zoning code designates the project site as Estate Residential – 5-acre (RE-5) (see Figure 5).

Project Characteristics

1. Site Design

The proposed project includes development of 42 single-family residential lots on a total of

42.23 acres (see Figures 6 and 7). The remaining approximately 71.8 acres would include one 6.22-acre roadway lot and five open space lots totaling 65.58 acres.

The 42 residential lots are a minimum of one acre in size, ranging from 43,560 square feet to a 46,562 square feet.

The project is requesting a density bonus, as provided by General Plan Policy and Zoning Ordinance Section 130.28.060. General Plan Policy provides for a density bonus of 1.5 dwelling units, in addition to the number of base units allowed, for each unit of developable land set aside as open space. Section130.28.060 of the County Code has similar provisions, providing for density bonuses where a new minimum of 30 percent of the land area within a residential development project is set aside for commonly owned or publicly dedicated open space, as defined in Article 8 of the Code. The proposed project includes 65.58 acresof open space uses, 65.1 acres of which would count towards the minimum open space requirement. These open space areas would make up 57.1 percent of the project site. The density bonus calculation for the project is as follows:

Base Units Permitted Under the General Plan

114.03 acres developable land x 0.2 dwelling units per acre (Low Density Residential) = 22.8 base units

Density Bonus Unit

65.1 acres developable open space x 0.2 dwelling units per acre (Low Density Residential) x

1.5 density bonus = 19.53 density bonus units

Total Allowed Units = 42.33 units (22.8 base units + 19.53 density bonus units)

The five open space lots, totaling 65.58 acres, have been designed to include the existing schoolhouse and to preserve portions of oak woodlands and the majority of the identified wetlands and other waters on the project site.

The proposed project may include a small-scale vineyard that will be planted within the open space lots and managed by the Home Owners’ Association (HOA) or its designee. No production or distribution facilities are proposed on the project site. The project may include restoration of existing structures, including the schoolhouse,or construction of new structures to facilitate vineyard operations and events.

2. Access, Circulation, and Parking

Malcolm Dixon Road, a two-lane roadway, is located along the southern project boundary. The project site is currently accessed via a private road off of Malcolm Dixon Road. This existing access would be improved as part of the proposed project. A secondary project access would be constructed along Malcolm Dixon Road,west of the existing access. Internal roadways would also be constructed, including local and cul-de-sac streets. The proposed circulation system, including access points, is shown on Figure 6.

A variety of pedestrian circulation amenities would be included in the project, including pedestrian paths along most streets and a series of multi-use trails within the project site. A multi-use trail through the project may connect from Malcolm Dixon Road to the future developments to the north and through the development.

3. Improvements and Infrastructure

Water Service

Water service would be provided by El Dorado Irrigation District (EID). The project site is not within the EID service boundary and will require annexation before service can be obtained. EID has facilities located near the northern project boundary, including an 18-inch water line and the Salmon Falls Tank. An eight-inch waterline is located south of the property in Alta Vista Court. Additionally, a 12-inch water line is located in Green Valley Road. The project would provide on-site water infrastructure improvements including a booster station.

Sewer Service

Each of the residential lots would be served by an on-site septic system.

Stormwater Drainage

The project site is located within the New York Creek watershed. Runoff from the southeast corner of the project site flows into the uppermost reaches of Dutch Ravine, which is confluent with New York Creek approximately 0.85 miles to the west. The majority of the site currently drains from east to west into lesser, unnamedtributaries that join the main New York Creek channel less than 0.4 miles west of the site. There are few existing drainage structures affected by site runoff.

Proposed site grading will maintain existing drainage patterns to the maximum extent practicable. The majority of the lots would drain to the rear. The project includes an on-site detention basin located in Lot C, north of Lots 21 and 22 and southwest of Lot 34. The proposed storm drainage system would be designed to ensurethat post-construction runoff volumes do not exceed pre-development conditions. In addition to mitigating post-development runoff, the project will be required to capture and treat the 85th percentile 24-hour storm event per current Phase II municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) Permit and El Dorado County WestSlope Development and Redevelopment Standards and Post Construction Storm Water Plan Requirements.

Other Utilities

Electrical, gas, phone, cable and related internet services would be extended to all portions of the project site from existing facilities located along Malcolm Dixon Road, or other utility systems in the project area.

4. Public Services

Law enforcement services would be provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. Fire protection and emergency medical services would be provided by the El Dorado Hills Fire Department (EDH Fire). The project site is not within the El Dorado County Water District (EDH Fire) service boundary and will requireannexation before structural fire protection and emergency medical services can be obtained. The project site is located within the Rescue Union School District and the El Dorado Union High School District. Solid waste services would be provided by El Dorado Disposal.

5. Phasing

A tentative subdivision map for the project has been submitted as part of the project application. The tentative subdivision map includes a circulation and phasing plan for the project. The project would be developed in four phases. Phase I would include development of lots 9 through 16, and lots 41 and 42; Phase II would includedevelopment of lots 1 through 8; Phase III would include development of lots 17 through 27; Phase IV would include development of lots 28 through 40.


In October 2009, El Dorado County certified a Mitigated Negative Declaration and approved a Tentative Subdivision Map, known as Diamante Estates, for the project site. The Diamante Estates project included 19 single family lots, ranging in size from 5.0 to 9.9 acres, and one 2.2-acre open space lot. As part of the DiamanteEstates approval, the project site was rezoned from Exclusive Agriculture (AE) to Estate Residential 5-acre. The Diamante Estates project included public water service from EID and individual septic systems. The Diamante Estates project required El Dorado County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approval ofannexation of the project site into both the EID and EDH Fire boundaries.

In August 2014, LAFCO conditionally approved the Diamante Estates Reorganization into the EID and EDH Fire boundaries. Outstanding LAFCO conditions include US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) authorization for inclusion into EID’s service area and payment of State Board of Equalization fees. In January 2016, EIDapproved the annexation of the project site into its service area and sent the inclusion application to USBR. In 2015, LAFCO approved a one-year extension for the reorganization request and, in June 2016, LAFCO approved a two-year extension for the project site’s reorganization into the EID and EDH Fire boundarieswhich extended the deadline to August 27, 2018. In the event that all LAFCO conditions are not completed by this deadline, the project proponent may be required to reapply to LAFCO for annexation into EID and EDH Fire.


This NOP and Initial Study evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the approval of the Vineyards at El Dorado Hills project. Approvals from the County and other jurisdictional agencies and service providers are necessary.

Actions to be taken by the County in approving the project include, but are not limited to:

Rezone (Z16-0002) of subject property adding a Planned Development (-PD) overlay zone to the underlying zoning of Estate Residential, 5-acre minimum (RE-5) resulting in a new zoning of Estate Residential, 5-acre-Planned Development (RE-5-PD)

Tentative Subdivision Map  (TM16-1528) of  114.03-acre property creating a total of 42 residential lots, with lots ranging from a minimum of 43,560 square feet to a maximum of 46,562 square feet, 1 roadway lot, and 5 open space lots; and

Planned Development Permit (PD16-0001) establishing an official development plan for the Vineyards at El Dorado Hills project. The proposed development is consistent with the existing land use and zoning designations for the project site.

Permits that the project has obtained or will be required to obtain include, but are not limited to:

Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB) – Storm Water  Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) approval prior to construction activities pursuant to the Clean Water Act;

El Dorado Irrigation District – Facility Plan Report;

El Dorado Hills Fire District – Plan review and approval; and

El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) – Approval of construction- related air quality permits.

Additional project information, including the Initial Study, can be accessed via the following web link:



Based on a preliminary environmental analysis of the project, the County has determined that the range of issues identified in the CEQA Guidelines, listed below, shall be addressed in the EIR.

·         Aesthetics

·         Air Quality

·         Biological Resources

·     Cultural and Tribal Cultural Resources

·         Geology and Soils

·         Greenhouse Gas Emissions

·         Hazards and Hazardous Materials

·         Hydrology and Water Quality

·         Noise and Vibration

·         Public Services and Utilities

·         Traffic and Circulation

·         Tribal Cultural Resources

In addition to the above areas, the Draft EIR will also evaluate the potential cumulative and growth inducing effects of the project, as required by CEQA. Reasonably foreseeable future projects in the project vicinity will be considered in this analysis.

Comments and suggestions are requested during the 30-day public comment period for the NOP regarding the environmental issues that will be analyzed in the EIR.


In accordance with Section 15126.6 of the State CEQA Guidelines, an EIR must “describe a range of reasonable alternatives to the Project, or to the location of the Project, which would feasibly attain most of the basic objectives of the Project, but would avoid or substantially lessen any of the significant effects of the Project,and evaluate the comparative merits of the alternatives.” As required by CEQA, the EIR will evaluate a No Project Alternative. Aside from the No Project Alternative, the County has not yet determined what additional alternatives to the project will be evaluated in the EIR. These will be identified during the environmentalreview process. Once selected, the  alternatives  will  be analyzed  at  a  qualitative level  of  detail  in the  Draft  EIR  for comparison against the impacts identified for the proposed project, consistent with the requirements of CEQA.


The County will hold a public scoping meeting to provide additional information about the project and to receive verbal and written input. The public scoping meeting will be held on October 26, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department Station No.85, located at 1050 Wilson Boulevard, El DoradoHills, CA 95762. The scoping meeting format will be an open house; interested parties may arrive at any time during the 2-hour window to receive information on the project or provide input.


If you have any questions, please contact Rommel (Mel) Pabalinas at the County of El Dorado, Community Development Agency, Development Services Division – Planning, 2850 Fair Lane Court, Building C, Placerville, CA 95667, by telephone at (530) 621-5363,or by email to

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