Results of Dixon Ranch and CP Sign Ordinance

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:47 PM by Lori Parlin

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

This was a busy week and we have two updates for you:

1.  Cameron Park Sign Standards - The meeting on 2/13/17 went well and the Cameron Park Design Review Committee (CPDRC) received good feedback on their draft.  Let's stay engaged and supportive of their efforts to better understand the process and decide which parts of their Sign Ordinance we would like to adopt for Shingle Springs.  Thank you to the CPDRC for keeping us in the loop on this project.

2.  Dixon Ranch project - On 2/14/17, after a good discussion and meaningful public comments, District 1 Supervisor Hidahl, District 2 Supervisor Frentzen, and District 4 Supervisor Ranalli voted to have staff draft Findings to deny the project  (District 3 Supervisor Veerkamp and District 5 Supervisor Novasel voted to approve the project).  When the Findings to support denial are drafted, County Counsel will put them on the Consent Calendar for the Board to approve.  Once the Findings are approved, the project is officially denied.  Keep in mind that the developer may submit a revised version of the project or simply drop it all together. 

To view the video of the Dixon Ranch project at the Board of Supervisors, go to this link and click on Item #26 at the 4:02:24 time mark:

This shows that by staying engaged in the process and holding our elected officials accountable for their actions, that we can get our voices heard to protect our quality of life.  Supervisor Frentzen's statement said it well:  Let's use our limited resources for economic development, not general plan amendments.

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the meetings or sent in emails.  By working together and supporting each other, we are making a difference!

ACTION ALERT! Please attend Dixon Ranch at BOS 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

posted Feb 9, 2017, 8:28 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 9, 2017, 8:29 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please see the Green Valley Alliance email below and take action to request that the Supervisors deny the Dixon Ranch development project.  The Dixon Ranch project parallels the San Stino's Mill Creek project in many ways (same developer, pre-existing low-density land use designation, community region boundary, formerly agricultural land, and more).  We must take action so that the Dixon Ranch project does not set a precedent for other high-density projects in low-density neighborhoods, such as San Stino's Mill Creek.  Thank you for your perseverance to keep El Dorado County rural.

    ~  Lori Parlin, Shingle Springs Community Alliance

Measure E was voted into place by the voters of El Dorado County despite the false and misleading opposition to it by special interest groups sponsored by developers. The measure was passed to prevent developments such as Dixon Ranch from being wrongfully approved when the circumstances merit denial. Why is it important to defend against Dixon Ranch?  It is in many ways similar to San Stino's Mill Creek with regard to density, impact to traffic, light pollution, and the quality of life to its nearby residents.  It's important to note that approval requires a General Plan amendment and rezone, much like Mill Creek would.  Our county Supervisors need to uphold the will of the people and apply Measure E when considering this development.  Dixon Ranch should be a NO vote as dictated by Measure E. If Dixon Ranch is approved, it may very well set the stage for what's to come in Shingle Springs.

    ~  Frank Verdin, No San Stino

Please attend – Dixon Ranch at BOS on 2-14-17 at 2:00 pm

Dear Green Valley corridor residents and supporters:
Please attend this critical meeting of the Board for the final vote on Dixon Ranch. Help show Supervisors that the proposed density increase on this site is unacceptable. If this project & its 605 homes is news to you, visit the GVA page,, then:
  • Call the Supervisors to express your concerns: If you or friends in Dist 4 voted for Supervisor Ranalli, please remind him of his campaign promise, memorialized in the 9/18/14 Shingle Springs Community Alliance questionnaire and reiterated on his campaign website:
Call him and ask if you can count on him Feb 14th to retain the designated land use of the Dixon Ranch site as Low Density Residential.
Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. John Hidahl, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650,
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651,
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652,
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513,
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577,
Clerk of the Board:

  •  Visit the new Facebook page 'Stop Dixon Ranch' (, to share information and connect with others who oppose the project. Please use your social media skills to help spread the word.
February 14th - yep, Valentine's Day- if approved, this project will set a precedent for other proposals attempting to upzone lower density land and ignore voter approved Measure E. Don't let this happen. We don't say this often, but if you are able, take the afternoon off and be there to hold our electeds accountable. Mark your calendars now: 2pm Tues Feb 14th, 2850 Fairlane Ct Bldg C, Placerville
Ellen Van Dyke for Green Valley Alliance


You're Invited - Sign Standards meeting 2-13-17

posted Feb 5, 2017, 10:32 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 10:32 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Cameron Park Design Review Committee (CPDRC), has been working on a draft of the Cameron Park Sign Standards.  The committee recently issued a Press Release inviting the public to receive a presentation on the draft on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Cameron Park Community Center located at 2502 Country Club Drive.   

We encourage you to attend the meeting to support their community efforts and to see how the Cameron Park Sign Standards will differ from the County Sign Standards.  As we renew our endeavor for a Shingle Springs Community Plan, we may want to incorporate some or all of the Cameron Park Sign Standards into our own Plan.

If you would like an advance PDF copy of the Cameron Park Sign Standards prior to the meeting, please email Committee Chair, Vince Maloney, at  

SAN STINO'S MILL CREEK UPDATE:  We haven't sent out any email updates yet this year, so we thought we should take this opportunity to let you know that, according to County Planner Rob Peters, the San Stino's Mill Creek project is currently on hold.  That means it could start moving forward again at any time.

SAVE THE DATE:  The Dixon Ranch project is scheduled for a Board of Supervisors hearing on February 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  Please attend!  This project parallels the San Stino's Mill Creek project, so we want to ensure that the County follows environmental law and Measure E.  A separate email will follow soon.

Please stay engaged and connected to our community.  The developers hope that we will become complacent and not be ready for action when their projects move forward.  Shingle Springs is a wonderful place to live and we must be prepared to protect our quality of life.

Thank you!

Opportunity knocks - Help keep Shingle Springs rural

posted Nov 20, 2016, 8:58 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Nov 20, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters

The future of El Dorado County will be decided in the courts.  Please help if you can and share this information with others:

PCLF is the Planning & Conservation League Foundation.  Donations are tax deductible through Planning & Conservation League (PCL) Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship under their 501(c)(3).

Thank you!

Action Alert! Community Region Boundaries on 10-25-16 BOS agenda

posted Oct 22, 2016, 11:51 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 22, 2016, 11:52 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please contact the Board of Supervisors and tell them that you expect them to follow through on their promise to consider reducing the Shingle Springs Community Region Boundary (CRB) during the 2011-2015 Five Year Review of the General Plan.

On the upcoming 10-25-16 Board of Supervisors agenda, the Long Range Planning staff is recommending that the Supervisors receive and file the Five Year Review and find that there is no need to change the CRBs.  A CRB is where the county plans to put the highest and most intense development in the County.  Shingle Springs identifies itself as "a peaceful country community with ranches and homes on acreage," and the CRB conflicts with our community identity and sense of place.  

Shingle Springs residents have attended meetings for years with the goal to have our CRBs reduced.  A timeline of those meetings is included in the  Five Year Review and excerpted below for your convenience.  Please take action to tell the Supervisors that we do not want all of our efforts ignored again.

If you are able to attend the meeting:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Building C Hearing Room  (Temporary location during construction)
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA

IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND - Write to the Supervisors - Customize our sample email to fit your concerns

Subject:  10-25-16 BOS Agenda, File #16--0477, Item #38

Dear Supervisors,

I request that you reject staff's recommendation to receive and file the Five Year Review.  Based on the discussions at past meetings, the expectation was that you would initiate the reduction of the CRBs during the Five Year Review process. Please follow through and direct staff to begin the process to reduce the CRBs as part of the 2016-2020 work plan. 


[Your Name]
[Your Town]

Excerpt from page 25 of the Five Year Review - timeline of events regarding Community Region Boundaries:

On October 1, 2012, the Board directed additional analysis of possibly adding, amending or deleting existing Community Regions, or Rural Center planning areas be removed from the TGPA-ZOU project description; and to consider as a potential Project Alternative in the EIR, with the exception of the proposed amendment to Policies and These policies relate to the current Community Region of Camino/Pollock Pines proposed for amending into the three Rural Centers of Camino, Cedar Grove, and Pollock Pines.

Potential revisions to Community Region boundary lines were discussed during Board meetings and workshops on May 7, May 14, June 27, and September 30, 2013. On June 11, 2013, staff provided the Board with a “White Paper” on General Plan Amendments related to Community Region Boundary Lines, and set June 27, 2013 as a Special Meeting of the Board to discuss the White Paper. The White Paper included a General Plan history, review of the current development process, and options for the Board to consider, should they choose to go forward with a General Plan Amendment to modify the Community Region boundaries (see June 11, 2013 Board of Supervisors Agenda, Item No. 2, Legistar File No. 13-0510, Attachment 2A). On June 27, 2013, the Board directed staff to return in approximately 60 days with a work plan pertaining to costs and next steps on Community Region boundary lines. On September 30, 2013, the Board directed staff to return to the Board in early 2014 with 16-0477 2B 26 of 111 El Dorado County General Plan 2011-2015 Five Year Review October 2016 26 examples and/or options for considering amending the Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills Community Region Boundary lines.

On December 9, 2014, potential options related to the potential amendment of Community Region boundary lines for the communities of Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills were presented to the Board. At this meeting, the Board received requests from members of the public to amend specific boundaries in the areas north of El Dorado Hills along Green Valley Road, southeast area of Shingle Springs, and in the Camino/Pollock Pines area. The Board directed staff to prepare a Resolution of Intention to contract the Community Region boundary lines for Shingle Springs and El Dorado Hills along the Green Valley Corridor, using maps provided by a Shingle Springs resident and an El Dorado Hills resident.

On February 24, 2015, staff presented proposed General Plan amendments to contract the Community Region boundary lines for El Dorado Hills, Shingle Springs, Cameron Park and El Dorado-Diamond Springs. Staff also asked the Board for the preferred method for processing this project based on staff and funding availability. The Board directed the Community Region boundary options to be addressed as a component of the next General Plan five-year review, including review of the proposed maps and any other map considerations of Community Region boundary line alterations, in relation to the goals and objectives of the General Plan. 

We support John Hidahl for District 1 Supervisor

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:20 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Sep 14, 2016, 7:21 AM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance Core Committee endorses John Hidahl in his bid for District 1 County Supervisor.  John supports and aligns with community groups all over El Dorado County.  He understands the importance of making sure that existing residents are not negatively impacted by new development.  As such, John has consistently stood with residents against projects like the Central El Dorado Hills Golf Course rezone, San Stino's Mill Creek, and Marble Valley because they are beyond what was promised in the General Plan. 

Please help John become Supervisor by reaching out to your friends and family in El Dorado Hills and ask them to vote for John Hidahl for District 1 Supervisor.  We look forward to him taking a seat on the Board to represent the people of the County and not the developer interests.

John's opponent has not lived in El Dorado County for years and purchased an El Dorado Hills house in 2015 just to qualify to run for Supervisor.  She also recently registered to vote in El Dorado County in February 2016 and has already started her campaign to run for the Senate in 2020, which would interfere with local Supervisorial duties.  She has not been involved in local issues and is simply using El Dorado County to keep her name in the limelight to further her political career.  We do not need a Supervisor who is unfamiliar with the unique needs of El Dorado County and is planning a short stint of representation as Supervisor.

Please visit John Hidahl's website at to find out how you can help support him in his bid for election on November 8, 2016.   Forward this email to your contacts in District 1, and consider donating to John's campaign to help him overcome Beth Gaines' well-funded run for Supervisor. 

Investing in John's candidacy is an investment in our future.

Support oak tree retention in El Dorado County - 8/15/16 is deadline for comment

posted Aug 11, 2016, 9:34 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 9:35 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The County is in the process of updating the Oak Resources Management Plan.  Concerns are being raised because 100% tree removal is being contemplated to make room for development.

The Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation has put together a webpage to explain their alternative plan.  Please visit their website and sign their petition if you support their position for better oak tree retention.

You can also submit your own letter to:

Shawna L. Purvines
Principal Planner
County of El Dorado
Community Development Agency
Long Range Planning
2850 Fairlane Court
Placerville, CA 95667

More information is available on the County's website:  

Please attend: Workshop on implementing Measure E

posted Aug 6, 2016, 11:15 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Aug 6, 2016, 11:15 PM ]

Forwarded from Save Our County:

County staff will be presenting information and giving recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about how Measure E should be implemented at a Special Workshop on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 9:30 am.  Please attend to show your support for implementing Measure E as intended by the voters of El Dorado County.

Here is a link to the Staff Report:

It is anticipated that the opponents to Measure E will be there in force. They have already filed a lawsuit to thwart the will of the voters. Information about the lawsuit and how you can help defend Measure E is available here:

The voters have made it clear that it is now the responsibility of the County to implement Measure E as it was intended.

Join us in defending staff as they work toward following the will of the people.  If you cannot attend the meeting, contact the supervisors and let them know that voters expect them to follow the will of the people.

Supervisor Mikulaco <>,
Supervisor Frentzen <>,
Supervisor Veerkamp <>,
Supervisor Novasel <>,
Supervisor Ranalli <>,
Clerk of the Board <>

Update on Tribal gas station project

posted Jul 31, 2016, 8:35 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 31, 2016, 8:35 AM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Lake Tahoe News has posted an article clearly summarizing the Tribal gas station project on Shingle Springs Drive. Here is a link:

Here is a link to the Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate filed with the Superior Court of California on July 22, 2016:

Remember to stay engaged and ready for next steps.

FWD: El Dorado County Land Grab - Is your community next?

posted Jul 17, 2016, 10:46 AM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Jul 17, 2016, 10:49 AM ]

FYI - This project includes utilities and road infrastructure that may lead to further development, such as San Stino's Mill Creek project, in our rural communities.

Forwarded from El Dorado Council Incorporated

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Love El Dorado County? Help El Dorado Council fight for what matters most to you!

El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has done it again.  They have illegally used their discretionary power and aligned with the Redhawk Casino's Tribal Council to move forward  on a massive project which will destroy the surrounding community's property values and lifestyle forever.

We, the citizens of El Dorado County, must take a stand and hold our County Supervisors accountable for this abuse of power.  The role of a Supervisor is to work for the people who entrusted them with great responsibility.  They should understand the needs of local businesses and communities.  In this case, our Supervisors showed negligence and indifference to the citizens of El Dorado County.

The El Dorado Council has retained legal counsel to demand that the Board of Supervisors requires the Tribal Council to complete an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to mitigate the negative impacts of their huge project on Shingle Springs Drive.   We are standing up to the County and Tribal Council.  The question before you is:  Are you willing to stand with us to fight for your neighborhood, your family’s lifestyle, and your property values?

Any Tribe can buy land or a business anywhere in El Dorado County and petition the U.S. Government to put their purchased land into “TRUST,” as they have with the 35.64 acres in Shingle Springs.  The Tribe will then pay no property tax, no sales tax, and no required liability insurance.    The Tribe will adhere to no local rules, local ordinances, or restrictions on land use.  All of this leads to unfair competition to the rest of us and destruction of our General Plan.  Any Tribe can buy into El Dorado County whether it’s the Auburn Tribe from Placer County to the north,  the Me-Wuk in Amador County to the south, or the Miwok in El Dorado County.  No neighborhood is safe, no zoning is safe, no business is safe, and no community is safe from lower property values, loss of the safety of rural neighborhoods, or safe from the drugs and crime that follows the Tribal money.

On June 28 of this year the Board of Supervisors (Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Michael Ranalli, and Sue Novasel), voted against the families and taxpayers of El Dorado County for a monetary “hand out” from the Tribal Council.  The Board of Supervisors abdicated their responsibility to require a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by segmenting a huge project into small components.

The key statement made at the board meeting was that the Tribal Council was in negotiations for a monetary settlement for loss of revenues to the County.  It became clear these four board members sold the community out for cash to spend on their “pet projects,” which is happening now with Tribal money that was earmarked for Shingle Springs being diverted to Missouri Flat area.

The El Dorado Council, a grassroots community-based nonprofit organization, informed the Board of Supervisors of their legal rights to slow this project.  The Board responded with NO COMMENT.

The El Dorado Council needs your help.  If you think it’s someone else’s problem, THINK AGAIN!  Today it’s Shingle Springs.  Tomorrow it’s 35 acres in Grassy Run in Placerville.  Is your community next?



The EL DORADO COUNCIL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

If 100 people donate $250 then we will reach our goal.  Thank you to those of you who have already donated.

Carol Louis on behalf of                                                
El Dorado Council                                                   

El Dorado Council Inc. PO Box 504 Shingle Springs, CA 95682

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