Action Alert! Show Your Support for Community Planning

posted Feb 4, 2016, 2:13 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 2:17 PM ]

On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, the Board of Supervisors will direct the Long Range Planning Staff regarding their priority list of projects for 2016.  Shingle Springs is one of several communities in El Dorado County that has been working toward creating a Community Plan.  You can see the progress that has been made here:      Specifically, you can view the January 14, 2014 presentation to the Board of Supervisors here:

Please show your support for the BOS to direct staff to allocate their resources to assist communities, including Shingle Springs, to complete their Community Plans.

Please attend:
Board of Supervisors meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at approximately 11:00am (agenda is posted:
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA

If you cannot attend the meeting but want to voice your concerns to the Board of Supervisors, use the sample email below to contact the Supervisors.  Please personalize the email to help convey your message.

Subject line: BOS 2-9-16 Agenda, Long Range Planning Priority Matrix, File #16-0069.


Dear Supervisors,

Because strong communities create economic development, I request that you direct the Long Range Planning staff to make Community Planning one of the highest priorities on their project list for 2016 and to allocate the resources necessary to complete that project.


Your Name
Your Town

Take Action! Contact Supervisors to stop rezoning Shingle Springs

posted Nov 28, 2015, 12:31 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Nov 28, 2015, 12:34 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

On Friday, 11/13/15, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to pass the TGPA/ZOU (General Plan Update/Zoning Ordinance Update or LUPPU).  They will come back on 12/15/15 to finalize their vote and clean up any loose ends to prepare for the anticipated lawsuit.

The Board's approval included rezoning 37,000 parcels in El Dorado County.   Rezoning the parcels was done without notifying landowners nor adjacent landowners who would be impacted.  The County put the burden of finding the rezoned parcels on citizens.  So, during the hearings on November 10, 12, and 13, citizens did point out several parcels that were being rezoned to higher development densities, which is in conflict with the stated goals.  

Here is a very concrete example of a rezone to a higher, incompatible density, in Shingle Springs.

  1. This map shows the intersection of Ponderosa Road and Highway 50.  The Board rezoned the 2 north corners of Ponderosa and Highway 50 to an intense commercial zone that is for regional projects, like a Costco (in red with horizontal lines).  That will completely destroy our sense of place in Shingle Springs and negatively impact traffic forever.

  2. Additionally, these commercial parcels are adjacent to Medium Density Residential parcels, which are 1-acre to 5-acres in size (the pink color).  A regional project is a very intense use and not compatible with residential homes.  Therefore, a request was made to rezone the commercial parcels to a compatible zone, such as Commercial Office or Commercial Light, but that request was ignored.  
    View video here:
    View submitted document here:
    Look up parcels here:  If you have questions on the map, contact Shawna Purvines, El Dorado County Long Range Planning, (530) 621-5362

  3. Furthermore, there are already small businesses and offices on these commercial parcels.  Changing their zoning to Commercial Regional makes the businesses on the ground incompatible with the zoning.  The TGPA/ZOU was NOT supposed to create inconsistencies.  

  4. Lastly, the community of Shingle Springs has been very active in the past several years.  Why didn't the Planning staff or Supervisors tell us about the proposed changes and ask for our input???

This is just one example out of the 37,000 parcels that were rezoned.  How many other instances of unnecessary and increased densities were approved without public knowledge?

PLEASE TAKE ACTION - Write to the Supervisors - Customize our sample email to fit your concerns

To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>,

Subject: TGPA/ZOU Final vote on 12-15-15

Dear Supervisors Mikulaco, Veerkamp, Ranalli, and Novasel,

I request that you do not approve the rezoning of thousands of parcels in El Dorado County.  The rezone at the intersection of Ponderosa Road and Highway 50 is an example of how the community was left out of the process and not informed about the negative impacts to traffic and quality of life from these rezones.  Instead of these rezones, I ask that you use our County resources to protect our existing Community Identity in Shingle Springs as a peaceful country community of homes and ranches on acreage.

Thank you to Supervisor Frentzen for voting No on these rezones and the TGPA.


[Your Name]
[Your Town]

Please Attend - Supervisor Ranalli's Town Hall Meeting December 10

posted Nov 20, 2015, 9:19 PM by Lori Parlin

Supervisor Michael Ranalli
Announces 5th Town Hall Meeting of 2015
Contact: (530) 621-6513
El Dorado County Supervisor Michael Ranalli invites the community to join him at a Town Hall meeting in Shingle Springs. 
Please join him on:
Thursday, December 10, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Park Community Church
3901 Wild Chaparral Drive
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
Supervisor Ranalli is hosting this meeting to provide residents with an update on a variety of county projects, the accomplishments of the Board of Supervisors, and to offer an open dialogue on the issues that are a priority for residents of the Shingle Springs and Cameron Park community.  “I encourage the community to attend so that we can have a conversation about County services,” said Supervisor Ranalli.  “Town Hall meetings provide me with an opportunity to hear directly from the community on how we are doing and where we can make improvements.”
For more information please contact or call (530) 621-6513.

ACTION ALERT! Please attend the Board of Supervisors meeting on 11/10/15 to overhaul our current 2004 "voter approved" General Plan and Zoning Ordinance

posted Nov 7, 2015, 5:42 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Nov 7, 2015, 5:42 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs Residents and Rural Lifestyle Supporters:

Our voter-approved General Plan is being rewritten and the Board of Supervisors are meeting next week to receive Planning Department presentations and adopt the changes!  This is cause for ALARM!  Please join representatives of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA), Save Our County (SOC), and Rural Communities United (RCU) in attending the meeting to provide comment and let the Supervisors know that we do not want changes that will result in loss of safeguards against incompatible development, particularly in Shingle Springs!

Meeting Place: BOS Hearing Room, 330 Fair Lane, Building A, Placerville (County Center)
Meeting Time: Tuesday, November 10, beginning at 10:30am,  and Thursday, November 12, approximately 9:00am

For years now changes to the General Plan and zoning have been proceeding under the "Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update" (TGPA/ZOU) program.  Elements of rural lifestyle and environmental protections currently afforded under our General Plan will be eroded under the TGPA/ZOA provisions.  If adopted, these changes will result in a developer-friendly General Plan.

It is important for community members to attend, be recognized, and be heard.  The opportunity for public comment will be afforded intermittently throughout the meeting, but comment periods are not yet scheduled for specific times.  The BOS denied our request for pre-scheduled public comment periods to allow community members to attend and provide comment without missing full days of work.  However, as is stands now attending the meeting may include having to endure long periods of staff presentations before public comment is allowed; the County is not making the opportunity for public comment convenient.  (bring a book or your knitting)

For more information about the General Plan overhaul, watch this video from the April 29, 2015 Community Meeting:

Thank you for your continued interest in protecting our rural community!
Here is the hearing schedule that is posted on the County's website at:

Targeted General Plan Amendment & Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA-ZOU)

The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing for the TGPA-ZOU Project and Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) beginning on November 10, 2015 in the Board Chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The tentative* outline is below.  *Note: All dates, times and topics listed below are subject to change. Additional dates and topics may be added.  Please check this webpage for updates.

Tuesday, November 10
AM (approx. 10 am to 1 pm) - Project Background and Process 
PM (approx. 2 pm to 5 pm) - Project Components focused on Rural Areas – Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Lands

Thursday, November 12 
AM (approx. 9 am to Noon) - General Plan policies and Zoning Ordinance items related to community site design and general edits/clean-ups 
PM (approx. 1 pm to 5 pm) - Project Components focused on Community Regions

Friday, November 13 
The Board Chambers is reserved ALL DAY (approx. 9 am to 5 pm) - Continuation of previous discussions as needed and Board deliberation
To view the Final EIR, click on "TGPA-ZOU Final EIR July 2015" below. Printed copies of Chapters 1 through 8 with a CD of the complete FEIR may be purchased for $35 each by calling 621-4650. 

Update: San Stino's Mill Creek project

posted Oct 25, 2015, 11:49 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 12:00 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA) members met with the San Stino developer and confirmed the information posted on the No San Stino Facebook page:  A summary of that information is below.  The project is being rebranded as Mill Creek, and we will refer to it as San Stino's Mill Creek project.  We will be working to bring you more detailed information and to keep you informed of meeting dates and action plans.

San Stino's Mill Creek project summary

Illustrative Plan of 633 parcels (click here for larger image:

The land is currently zoned for a total of 101 lots:
46 5-acre lots on 229.3-acre parcel #090-220-05, -24: Estate Residential Five (RE-5) Acre District
28 5-acre lots on 142.5 acre parcel #090-380-19, -02: Estate Residential Five (RE-5) Acre District
27 10-acre lots on 273.4 acre parcel #090-190-10: Exclusive Agricultural (AE) District
101 total

In contrast, the developer is proposing 633 lots: 
225 0.29-acre lots (average lot size), which is approximately 4 houses per acre
161 0.36-acre lots (average lot size), which is approximately 3 houses per acre
126 0.46-acre lots (average lot size), which is approximately 2 houses per acre
93 0.69-acre lots (average lot size), which is more than 1 house per acre
27 1.27-acre lots (average lot size) 
1 6.01-acre lot for an off-site community farm between Buckeye and Mother Lode Roads (at top of map)
633 total

This revised plan is still too large of a project for Shingle Springs.  The increased light pollution, noise pollution, and traffic congestion will have negative impacts on Shingle Springs.  Shingle Springs residents made it very clear last year that it would like a compatible project developed on this land, such as the equestrian Greenstone Country development:

Please stay engaged and active in the process.  Let's continue working together to protect our vision of a rural community of homes and ranches on acreage.

Urgent - Take action - Write letters to Select Committee on Indian Affairs

posted Oct 22, 2015, 11:17 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear El Dorado County residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please take action to fix the broken Fee to Trust process that allows Tribal land to be developed with projects that are detrimental to neighbors, such as the recent RedHawk Casino Tribe's gun range and motocross projects, and now a proposed HUGE commercial project in a rural residential area.  There is no accountability in the current process, however proposed legislation could change that with our help.

The August 27, 2015 letter from Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC) to Senator John Barrasso, Chair of the Select Committee on Indian Affairs is linked here:  The letter explains how the broken system could be fixed by supporting S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act,WITH suggested amendments.  Without the amendments, S.1879 has no teeth.  The proposed amendments would: 1) require that a change in land use shall be subject to review by public and contiguous jurisdictions; 2)  require that mitigation measures are legally enforceable, and 3)  incorporate stronger language into the bill to build a framework of criteria for the mitigation components.  The text and status of S.1879 is available here:

More details about the broken Fee to Trust system is here:

Take Action:  Customize the sample letter below and write letters of support for the RCRC amendment:

The Honorable John Barrasso, Chair
Select Committee on Indian Affairs
838 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Jon Tester, Ranking Member
Select Committee on Indian Affairs
United States Senate
838 Hart Building
Washington, DC 20510


Dear Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Tester:

I am writing to you in support of S.1879 with the proposed amendments outlined in the August 27, 2015 letter by Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC). El Dorado County has become the poster child for the broken Fee to Trust system.  Our local Tribe, calling themselves The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, used the Fee to Trust process to put land into Trust to build residential houses and a health facility, which are compatible with the surrounding rural neighborhood. However, now that the application has been approved, the Tribe has shrugged off any accountability and developed detrimental projects on the Trust property, such as a gun range and motocross track, and are proposing a gas station/car wash/mini-mart as part of a 110,000 square foot commercial development. This bait and switch has caused the Tribe to lose its goodwill within the community and earned itself a reputation as a bad neighbor. 

Please support S.1879 with the proposed amendments so we can rest assured that Tribes will be held accountable to their requests to develop projects on Trust land.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]

San Stino Update

posted Oct 20, 2015, 11:20 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 6:53 AM ]

The San Stino developer has started meeting with various community groups to share the revised San Stino project. The Shingle Springs Community Alliance Core Committee will meet with the developer on Thursday evening, October 22. We will put together a summary within a few days of the meeting.

Please stay engaged as the project moves forward. Remember, we are stronger when we work together.

[FWD: BOS 10-20-15, Agenda Item #11, File #15-1110, CIP 72334, Tribal Funds]

posted Oct 18, 2015, 9:37 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 9:37 PM ]

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: BOS 10-20-15, Agenda Item #11, File #15-1110, CIP 72334, Tribal Funds
From: "Lori at Shingle Springs Community Alliance"<>
Date: Sun, October 18, 2015 8:27 pm
To: "Supervisor Mikulaco" <>, "Supervisor Frentzen"<>, "Supervisor Veerkamp" <>,"Supervisor Ranalli" <>, "Supervisor Novasel"<>
Cc: "Clerk of the Board" <>

Dear Supervisors,

Please pull Agenda Item #11 off of the Consent Calendar for discussion.  During your discussion of Agenda Item #11, please explain why you are spending Local Tribal Funds on purchasing property off of Missouri Flat Road, when these funds are intended to be spent on mitigating the impacts of the RedHawk Casino.  The area most impacted by the RedHawk Casino is Shingle Springs, not the Missouri Flat Road area.

The community of Shingle Springs awaits your response.

El Dorado County wants your input - Surveys links attached

posted Oct 16, 2015, 12:54 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 16, 2015, 12:56 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The County has recently sent out several surveys to get input from residents. Here they are for your convenience:

District II Parks and Services Survey:

If you live in or have utilized the parks and facilities located within District II, please take a moment to click on the link below and complete a brief on-line survey. The survey will be open until November 13, 2015. We appreciate your time and input.

For more information please contact or call (530) 621-5651.

Citizens Engagement Survey:

To complete the Citizen Engagement Survey, click and take the survey online.
In addition, you can take the survey or pick up a paper copy at any El Dorado County Library. For other locations where citizens can pick up paper copies of the survey, call 530-621-5628, or return to this webpage from time to time as locations are added. 
The survey will close November 2, 2015.

Capital Improvement Program and Traffic Impact Mitigation Fee (CIP & TIM Fee) Virtual Workshop:

The virtual workshop is open until October 31, 2015.

Meetings this week - Board of Supervisors and Town Hall Meetings

posted Oct 4, 2015, 11:07 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 11:07 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Board of Supervisors meeting regarding Tribal Gas Station project. 
Please attend if you are available:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm 
330 Fair Lane, Building A
Placerville, CA 

(agenda posted at

Here is a link to our previous email on this project:…/actionaler…

Here is a link to download the Chief Administrative Officer's October 2, 2015 letter regarding the agenda item:…

District 4 Town Hall Meetings:
Supervisor Michael Ranalli is in the process of scheduling a Town Hall meeting in Shingle Springs. We will share that information with you as soon as it is announced. In the meantime, you are welcome to attend other Town Halll meetings with Supervisor Ranalli:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Pilot Hill Grange 
1701 Highway 193 
Cool, CA 95614

Thursday, October 8, 2015 
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Rescue Community Center 
4180 Green Valley Road 
Rescue, CA 95672

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