Recap of 9-30-13 Special Land Use Board of Supervisors Meeting

posted Oct 5, 2013, 8:16 PM by Lori Parlin   [ updated Oct 5, 2013, 8:17 PM ]
Dear Shingle Springs residents and supporters,

We want to first and foremost thank everyone for sending in emails, making phone calls, and attending the meeting. Despite our requests to Chairman Briggs to have a focused agenda, the Land Use meeting turned out to be quite a long day, starting at 10am and ending at 10pm, due to extraneous items added to the agenda by the Board and staff. The two major items of interest are summed up here for your information. The video of the meeting is available: https://eldorado.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Community Region Lines (CRLs):
The Board of Supervisors did not take immediate action to remove the Shingle Springs CRL as we had requested. Instead, the direction from the Board to the staff was to work with communities to create their Community Plans (which include Community Identity). When the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the General Plan Update (Land Use Policy Programmatic Update - LUPPU) is released in January 2014, each Community Plan can be evaluated to see if it fits within the scope of the DEIR and then become part of the General Plan. The Board then directed staff to revisit the CRLs for El Dorado Hills, Camino/Pollock Pines, and Shingle Springs and evaluate modifying them using both the DEIR and Community Plan. Including CRL changes to the EIR while it is already in progress is questionable. We view this as a delay and diversionary tactic.

The Shingle Springs community has come together at meetings this year to gather information that is being used to update the 1977 Shingle Springs Area Plan. You can find the results of the surveys here: http://www.shinglespringscommunityalliance.com/6-5-13-community-meeting-material-and-video We are advocating that the updated 1977 plan will become the Shingle Springs Community Plan.

Early Review of General Plan Amendment projects:
The direction of the Board to the staff was to finalize the Early Review policy and bring it back to the Board for approval. Unfortunately, Supervisors Briggs, Mikulaco, and Santiago would not support the policy to be retroactive; meaning it will not be applied to projects that are currently in the process, like San Stino and Tilden Park.

This was not the result we had requested from the Board. It appeared that the influence of the 17 developer representatives in the Board Room outweighed the concerns of the citizens in the Board's decision. The attached videoclip shows Kirk Bone of Parker Development chastising the Board for even considering a retroactive policy:  http://youtu.be/quamljvoSyU. We, the community, must stay attentive to this process as it unfolds. 

We, Shingle Springs Community Alliance/No San Stino/Stop Tilden Park, are not satisfied by the Board's continued lack of action and are looking into all our options, including an initiative, recalls, or litigation.

Remember, “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson