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Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan Notice of Availability of SECOND Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report

Released April 30, 2021 – comment/review period closes June 14, 2021

El Dorado County Planning Department has released the Notice of Availability of a Second Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report, which reflects changes to CEQA that removes Level of Service metrics for transportation impacts, and instead implements the Vehicle Miles Traveled metric. The Project also has been updated with new alternate use scenarios for the old El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course property that is currently zoned as Recreational Facility – High (RF-H).

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The Second Recirculated DEIR is located on the Project DOCUMENTS page here

Project Alternatives 4 and 5

The Second recirculated DEIR contains two new project alternatives –

Alternative 4 Zoning-Consistent Alternative

RF zoning provided for certain types of active recreational facilities such as picnic areas, ball fields and courts, playgrounds, golf courses, and swimming pools for day use only, as well as passive opportunities such as riding and hiking trails. For both active and passive uses, no special use permit or variance was required, but a project required site plan review.

The Serrano Westside planning area under this alternative would include residential development (135 units) on the hillsides or ridgelines, which would not occur with the proposed project. Instead of residential development, the former Executive Golf Course would be entirely in active recreation. While exact uses in this recreation area have not been defined, they could include a tennis and aquatics facility, day-use and night-use sporting fields, amusement complex, indoor or outdoor entertainment facilities, hotels, and general merchandise sales or potentially indoor/outdoor golf ranges, ice-skating rinks, or other recreational uses that involve large structures and require parking lots. Residential development on the Pedregal planning area (375 units) would be more dense as compared to the project (37 units).

Alternative 5 Senior Living Alternative

The Senior Living Alternative would include residential development similar to the proposed project on the Pedregal planning area and the northern portion of the former Executive Golf Course. The former Executive Golf Course south of Serrano Parkway would be developed as a senior living facility. The senior living facility assumes a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), which provides residential services, on-site amenities and recreation, and health care. As with the proposed project, a County General Plan amendment and EDHSP amendment would be required. The Senior Living Alternative would consist of developing 37 detached, single-family residential units at a density of <1–5 dwelling units per acre on the Pedregal planning area, identical to the proposed project, 226 single-family residential units at a density of 8–14 dwelling units per acre on the Serrano Westside planning area north of Serrano Parkway, and 300 attached, multi-family residential units at a density of 14–24 dwelling units per acre in both planning areas. The former Executive Golf Course south of Serrano Parkway would be developed as a senior living facility with 1,000 independent living dwelling units and 200 assisted living dwelling units. Open space and parkland would be dedicated. This alternative would include 11 acres of civic–limited commercial land use.

Public Workshop Scheduled for the May 27, 2021 Planning Commission meeting

The Second RDEIR is scheduled for a public workshop before the Planning Commission on May 27, 2021. The purpose of this workshop is to present information on the RDEIR and receive public input; no formal action will be taken.

Serrano Associates are scheduled to present an overview of the Second Recirculated DEIR and new Project Alternatives at the May 12, 2021 El Dorado Hills APAC meeting

El Dorado County Transportation Commission Issues County Line Multi-Modal Transit Center Draft Study Online

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) has released the draft results of the County Line Multi-Modal Transit Center.

For more than one year, the EDCTC has worked with area stakeholders, including El Dorado Transit, El Dorado County Government, area School Districts, EDH APAC, the California Highway Patrol, local and county Chambers of Commerce, area businesses and employers, the Folsom Stage Line Sacramento Regional Transit, and many other area organizations to define current and future needs for transportation in the El Dorado County – Sacramento County Line area, encompassing public transit, pedestrian, bicycle, and rideshare opportunities. The existing park and ride lot located primarily at El Dorado Hills Town Center at the corner of Latrobe Rd and White Rock Rd, along with an overflow location in Town Center at Vine Street and Mercedes Lane are significantly over-capacity. The primary Latrobe Rd & White Rock Rd location is constrained by overhead power and utility lines, which would prevent building a vertical parking garage.

The study also included a review of not just transportation needs, but included a study of potential amenities and technologies that would enhance public transportation utilization – items such as retail, food, bike lockers, electric vehicle charging for both the public and for buses, increased access/provision for rideshare dropoff/pickup options, space to store off duty buses to keep them local, and many more features.

The Study included two Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings, as well as two public open houses.

Six potential Multi-Modal sites were identified in El Dorado Hills that could meet the defined needs of current and future transportation uses.

Because of the size of the Study Draft Report, it is broken in to Part 1 and Part 2, presented in PDF viewers below, as well as on the EDCTC Transit Center Study webpage, along with several Appendices, Stakeholder Advisory Committee links, and relevant document links.

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County Planning Commission Holds CEQA Workshop

At the February 28, 2019 El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission held a workshop regarding the California Environmental Quality Act presented by Pat Angell, Senior Director of Ascent Environmental, Inc .

The workshop was wide ranging, and covered many example topics, and questions from the Commissioners. An audio recording of the Planning Commission meeting can be reviewed HERE.

The Presentation Slides from the workshop can be viewed on this post, or downloaded from the link below.

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