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El Dorado County eyes zoning issues

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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A series of meetings to collect public input on the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update have been scheduled by El Dorado County officials. There are two issues at hand. The General Plan Amendment, within the General Plan, must be reviewed every five years. The Zoning Ordinance must be consistent with the General Plan and in this case will need to be updated, according to officials. The purpose of the scoping meetings is to gain public feedback on the range of environmental issues that need to be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report. ?There is a lot of interest in this project, so we are going above and beyond to collect feedback,? said Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kim Kerr. ?We have extended the comment period to 45 days, created an online comment form, and have scheduled an additional seven evening scoping meetings throughout the county.? Shawna Purvines, of El Dorado County, said following an April 4 meeting of the Board of Supervisors it was determined that they wanted to certain amendments analyzed and considered, specifically sales tax growth and jobs. ?Housing and population are fine and we are in range (with our General Plan),? she said. ?But where we are falling short is in tracking jobs and sales tax revenue.? No decisions have been made at this time. The Zoning Update is a comprehensive update to the zoning codes that will impact the more rural areas of county. ?We need to bring (the zoning map) into consistency with the land use,? Purvines said. ?We have areas under the General Plan that were previously planned for multi-family and are now zoned for commercial use. That?s not consistent.? For example, some areas are listed as residential and agriculture mix, an RA designation, that will be illuminated. Areas will be remapped as either residential or agricultural, whichever is the most predominant in the area. More information can be found at www.edcgov.us/LandUseUpdate. * * * The public is invited to attend the following meetings: May 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Union Mine High School Library 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado June 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. El Dorado Hills CSD Pavilion 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills June 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Greenwood Community Center 4401 Highway 193, Greenwood June 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cameron Park Community Center 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park June 28 El Dorado County Planning Commission 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville