Announcements and Emails

ACTION ALERT! Respond by 3/9/2021: Should Chain Stores be allowed in Rural Centers?

posted Mar 7, 2021, 8:37 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Mar 7, 2021, 8:38 PM ]

Should Chain Stores Be In Rural Communities?


Supervisor Parlin and Supervisor Turnboo are recommending the Board to:

"Adopt and authorize the Chair to sign Urgency Ordinance 5140 to adopt interim restrictions on the establishment of Formula Businesses pending the study and consideration of zoning and other land use regulations pertaining to such businesses, with the ordinance being in effect for forty-five (45) days from date of adoption, unless extended by the Board.

Supervisor Parlin and Supervisor Turnboo are bringing this item before the Board because County residents have expressed their concern that "chain" or "formula" businesses will proliferate throughout the Rural Centers and Rural Regions of the County, which may detract from the unique character of the County by displacing unique local or other small businesses or by introducing standardized, non-unique establishments that will lessen the diversity and community character prized by County residents.  

This Ordinance is being proposed for the Rural Centers in El Dorado County, which include:  Camino, Cedar Grove, Coloma, Cool, Fairplay, Garden Valley, Greenwood, Georgetown, Grey’s Corner, Grizzly Flat, Kelsey, Kyburz, Latrobe, Little Norway, Lotus, Mosquito, Mount Ralson, Mr. Aukum, Nashville, Oak Hill, Phillips, Pilot Hill, Pleasant Valley, Pollock Pines, Quintette, Rescue, Somerset, Strawberry, and Chrome Ridge.

The County has received an application for a formula business (Dollar General, Somerset in District 2) which necessitates the adoption of the urgency ordinance because issuing permits or entitlements for formula business establishments could conflict with potential future regulations that may be adopted that will govern such uses. The purpose of this ordinance is to temporarily prohibit the establishment of formula businesses within any zoning districts of the Rural Centers and Rural Regions of El Dorado County pending the study and consideration of permanent regulations governing such formula business establishments.

A Formula Business Ordinance has been in the works for several months and Supervisor Parlin had planned on implementing it as part of the 2021 Work Plan. However, the recent applications for chain stores in our rural areas has caused the need for the urgency ordinance. The urgency ordinance will not apply to the Dollar General in Cool because that application is deemed complete, whereas the application in Somerset has not been deemed complete.

The agenda details and documents for File #21-0378 are available here along with Zoom or Call-in instructions: (Item #36)

This will be heard after Open Forum at 1:00 PM.

Please email the Clerk of the Board prior to 4:00 PM on 3/9/2021 at and let us know if you support the proposed Ordinance to restrict Formula Businesses (Chain Stores) in Rural Centers. The Clerk will forward your email to all 5 Supervisors and add it to the public record. Do not email information that you do not want in the public record."

Design Standards Update

posted Dec 8, 2020, 9:42 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Dec 8, 2020, 9:48 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance recently sent an email to the El Dorado County Planning Services Department asking about the status of the building design standards project that has been in the works for several years now.  The first (and last) community meeting with the County-selected contractor was held in January, and no further activities have occurred since that time to our knowledge.  We recently discovered that the County-selected contractor is no longer on the project.  In our email to the County, we asked that the project resume ASAP so that any new commercial or multi-family residential development within the Shingle Springs Community Region area will have design standard guidelines in place to reflect our community's wishes.  Once we hear back from the County we'll issue a follow-up email to let you know the status of the project.

EDC District 2 Supervisor Candidate Forum

posted Oct 3, 2020, 12:11 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Oct 3, 2020, 12:11 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

The League of Women Voters District 2 Supervisor candidate forum was recorded on Friday, October 2, 2020.  Here is a link to see how Ken Pimlott and George Turnboo responded to questions,  

If you're not sure which district you are in, here is a link with a map of all the districts in El Dorado County,  To find which district you belong to, enter your home address in the search box on the top right corner of the web page.

Please Attend - Shingle Springs Workshop 2/4 or 2/8

posted Jan 29, 2020, 11:09 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Jan 29, 2020, 11:14 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

Please attend these public workshops to participate in creating Commercial and Multi-Family Residential Design Standards for Shingle Springs.  This process was started in 2013 and your support over the years has helped bring this project to fruition.

Tuesday, February 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am to Noon
Park Community Church
3901 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs

The Design Standards will address building and site design and document appropriate architectural themes for future commercial and multi-family development. The standards will reflect Shingle Springs’ established development characteristics and aesthetic preferences and provide clear expectations for future development. This approach is intended to simplify and expedite the project review process, reduce development fees, and encourage desired development.

For more information, please visit the new project webpage at:

or the recent press release at:

November 20 Public Hearing

posted Nov 18, 2019, 9:03 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 9:04 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

County of El Dorado Zoning Administrator will hold a public hearing in the Building C Hearing Room, 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville, CA 95667 on November 20, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., to consider the following: Tentative Parcel Map P18-0004/Sawmill Creek.

The parcel being discussed is part of the formally known San Stino/Mill Creek development. This is an opportunity to voice your opinion. Please attend the meeting if possible.

Click on the links below to view the meeting agenda and tentative parcel map:


Tentative Parcel Map…/Documents/2019/P18-0004%20Staff%20R…

Exhibit Maps:…/P18-0004%20Staff%20Report%20Exhibit…

Team SSCA on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance
Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

Shingle Springs Community Advisory Group Volunteers Needed

posted Sep 8, 2019, 6:51 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Nov 18, 2019, 9:05 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,

El Dorado County is seeking volunteers for the Shingle Springs Community Advisory Group.  This group will provide needed input in the development of commercial and multi-family residential design standards for the Shingle Springs Community.  To be a part of this Advisory Group, the County is accepting applications through 5:00 P.M. on Friday September 13, 2019.

Please follow this link to the County's website press release:  Shingle Springs Community Advisory Group Applications

The text of the press release is copied here for easy reference:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT:   Carla Hass
August 27, 2019                                                                                                          (530) 621-4609
(PLACERVILLE, CA) – El Dorado County is now accepting applications from residents, business owners and others who are interested in being part of a Community Advisory Group that will provide input in the development of commercial and multi-family residential design standards for the Shingle Springs community.
The final design standards will be presented to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for adoption at the end of the anticipated three-year planning process and will streamline the process for future new commercial and multi-family residential development that meets the design standards requirements. 
“This community planning effort was made possible by support from the Board of Supervisors in approving $250,000 to fund the effort”, noted Tiffany Schmid, Director of the Planning and Building Department.  “The Shingle Springs Community Alliance has been instrumental in driving this effort, and we appreciate its input.”
The Community Advisory Group will be comprised of 8-12 people representing diverse viewpoints within the Shingle Springs community including residents, local business owners, Chamber of Commerce, real estate brokers, development professionals, and land owners.  Meetings are expected to be held in October 2019, April 2020, August 2020 and May 2021.
“This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in shaping how the Shingle Springs community will look in years to come,” said Schmid.
Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13, 2019 and are available on the County website at: Community-Based Planning.  If you would like to receive an application by mail or have any questions, please contact Jean Warner by phone at (530) 621-5888, or by email at

For more information about this project, please visit the project webpage at:


Team SSCA on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural

Important Shingle Springs Updates for 2019

posted Jan 6, 2019, 4:33 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Jan 6, 2019, 5:54 PM ]

Greetings Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,
2018 has been a great year in Shingle Springs.  Here’s a brief list of what’s been happening and what we can expect in 2019.
San Stino’s Mill Creek project:
The project application was withdrawn in September 2018.  Thank you again to everyone who stayed involved in our effort to stop this high-density project in our rural community.
Tilden Park project:
The deadline for comments on the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was extended to January 31, 2019.   
What: Second Open House for Tilden Park
When:  January 17, 2019 5-7 pm
Where:  3901 Wild Chaparral Drive, Shingle Springs CA
Community Design Standards:
After several years of hard work by community members, the Board of Supervisors approved a contract with a consultant to develop design standards for commercial and multi-family development in Shingle Springs.  Design standards will ensure that future development will complement our railroad-themed vision for Shingle Springs.  We are excited to see this effort move forward.
Supervisor Elect:
We are proud to say that our very own Lori Parlin won a hard-fought campaign to become our next El Dorado County District IV Supervisor.  She will join the other County Supervisors when she is sworn into office on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Board of Supervisors meeting room.  Join us in congratulating Lori on her win.  We look forward to her community-oriented approach to leadership.
SSCA Leadership Changes:
As Lori transitions into her new role as Supervisor, the SSCA leadership will reorganize to fill her shoes.  Please continue to stay engaged to protect our rural lifestyle and quality of life.  Email alerts and announcements will still be sent from this email address,, and the only difference is that it will be sent from and replied to by the SSCA Team.
We wish you and yours all the best in 2019!

Team SSCA on behalf of the
Shingle Springs Community Alliance
  Keeping Shingle Springs Rural


ACTION ALERT! Tilden Park project

posted Nov 17, 2018, 11:07 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 3:00 PM ]

Dear Shingle Springs residents and rural lifestyle supporters,
Please immediately contact the Planning Department to request that the proposed Tilden Park project Notice of Preparation (NOP) deadline (December 15, 2018) and Open House (November 28, 2018) be rescheduled to sometime in January 2019.  The proposed Tilden Park project has the potential to dramatically increase traffic at the Ponderosa Interchange.  To start a process for a project of this magnitude during the holidays, when residents are focused on friends and family during this time of year, is suspect and gives the appearance that it is intentionally planned at this time to avoid the public’s full attention.
The proposed Tilden Park project is located off Wild Chaparral Drive, west of the Ponderosa/Highway 50 interchange, and fundamentally the same as it was when it was first introduced in 2011.  The applicant is proposing a high-density commercial project on 8.81 acres of land that is in the middle of a medium-density, residential neighborhood (one-acre parcel homes) to include:  An 80-room hotel, a 3,800-square foot restaurant, a 20,000-square foot food mart, 6,500 square feet of shops, and 8,250 square feet of office space, and 3 one-acre residential parcels on 3 acres.
The original Traffic Impact Study projected that this project will add 4,455 daily car trips to the Highway 50 and Ponderosa Road interchange, which is already congested and at unacceptable traffic levels.
Current Status:
The County’s 11-14-18 Supplement Notice of Preparation, including project description and site maps, is available here:
As explained in the County’s 11-14-18 Supplemental Notice of Preparation (NOP), input regarding the NOP is due on December 15, 2018.  The purpose of the Supplemental Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to describe the Tilden Park Project and potential environmental effects in order to allow agencies and interested parties to provide input on the scope and content of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
Additionally, the County has planned an Open House regarding the project:
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:30 pm
El Dorado County Library
345 Fair Lane Court, Placerville
Take Action:
Please immediately contact the Planning Department and your Supervisors to request that they extend the NOP deadline and reschedule the Open House.  Feel free to use and customize our sample email below.
To: <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>, <>
Subject: Tilden Park
Dear Evan Mattes, Associate Planner,
I request that you extend the deadline to submit comments for the Tilden Park NOP to January 31, 2019 and reschedule the Open House to a date in mid-January 2019.  Additionally, please change the venue of the Open House to a location that is near the project site and the residents who will be most impacted by the project.  There are several meeting venues available near the proposed project site.
My request comes from the impression that starting a process for a project of this magnitude during the holidays, when residents are focused on friends and family during this time of year, is suspect and gives the appearance that it is intentionally planned at this time to avoid the public’s full attention.
Let’s give this project the full attention that it deserves and reschedule the NOP deadline and Open House to after the holidays.
[Your Name]
[Your Town]

Supervisor Frentzen - Town Hall Meeting 9/27

posted Sep 21, 2018, 2:14 PM by Team SSCA   [ updated Jan 6, 2019, 5:28 PM ]

From: BOS Two [] 
Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 3:55 PM
Subject: Supervisor Frentzen - Town Hall Meeting
Please see the County press release with details regarding a town hall meeting with District II Supervisor, Shiva Frentzen:
Supervisor Frentzen will bring you up-to-date on the state of the County.  In addition, 
El Dorado County Transportation Commission will give a presentation on the Regional Transportation Plan and EDC Transportation staff will have a brief update on the Country Club Realignment and Cameron Park Interchange projects.
Town Hall Meeting
Supervisor Shiva Frentzen 
Thursday, Sept. 27  at  6:30 pm
Cameron Park Community Services District
We encourage you to attend and bring your questions.
Please share this information.
Thank you!

Elaine Gelber
Assistant to Supervisor Shiva Frentzen
Board of Supervisors, District II
County of El Dorado
Phone: 530-621-5651

San Stino's Mill Creek Development Application Withdrawal

posted Sep 13, 2018, 10:22 PM by Team SSCA

Dear Rural Lifestyle supporter:

This week we learned that the development application for San Stino’s Mill Creek development has been withdrawn.  The county has officially processed the withdrawal letter from the developer.

We, the Shingle Springs Community Alliance, along with NoSanStino and everyone on this mailing list, are to be congratulated.  Nearly seven years ago, word of this development sparked a movement within Shingle Springs that no doubt surprised the development community.  This movement was not sparked due to the development, but rather due to the size of the development.

It was clear that the size of the San Stino development, at one thousand and forty-one homes, did not belong at the proposed location. The noise and light pollution, along with the traffic impact, would have been detrimental to our rural lifestyle.  We would have welcomed the development at the general plan lot allotment of five and ten acre parcels.

We thank you for your support.  Without you, the development withdrawal could not have happened.  You attended our community meetings.  You attended meetings at the Board of Supervisors and spoke against the size of this development.  You contributed funds to help us keep you informed, to hold community meetings, and you supported our low-growth initiative ballot measures both financially and by volunteering.  In short, collectively as a community, we kicked butt.

However, we must remain vigilant.  There were three parcels involved with the San Stino development.  The parcels are owned by the Scheiber, Zweck, and the White families.  Currently, the Zweck family has its property for sale and has also renewed its application for the development of the property as "Sawmill Creek Ranch".  We welcome the development to be a low-density development that is agreeable with the surrounding area and that conforms to the general plan.

Warmest Regards,


Lori Parlin, Shingle Springs Community Alliance


Frank Verdin,

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