Response from Supervisor Nutting

posted Feb 6, 2013, 6:30 PM by Lori Parlin
Dear Shingle Springs Residents and Supporters,

Supervisor Nutting has been replying to email requests for his support to keep Shingle Springs rural and remove the Shingle Springs Community Region line.  The Shingle Springs Community Alliance and No San Stino will continue working toward our goal of preserving the rural lifestyle of Shingle Springs and will keep the community informed of our next steps.  

Here is Supervisor Nutting's email reply:

Thank you for your email regarding planning issues in Shingle Springs.  Like all of you, I cherish the ambiance of our county and have fought long and to keep our rural setting.  I agree that Shingle Springs is a special place and my first memories of the area date back to 1965 when there were only ranches.
 
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, I met with five members of the Shingle Springs Community Alliance (SSCA) for over two hours to discuss the identity/vision of Shingle Springs, more specifically the San Stino development. 
 
The following question was raised at the meeting:
 1.  Could the Community Region (CR) boundary lines be amended/removed, thus preventing the proposed developments from moving forward?  After speaking with County Counsel, Ed Knapp’s legal opinion concluded that moving the boundary lines will not halt those applications that are currently in process.  In addition, our County's General Plan (GP) was legally adopted in 2004 with an array of legal requirements.  The GP consists of 14 elements and any change would have to be internally consistent with all elements to determine its effects on the whole. 
 
Our county is made up of over 1.2 million acres and most of this land cannot be developed.  We supported putting over 50 Thousand acres into agricultural districts to enhance the agriculture business, thus you see the results with the success of Apple Hill and the wine country.   We supported putting over 300 Thousand acres of natural resource lands into a new zoning overlay that enhances the natural resource areas of our county.  
  
The preferred approach would be to meet with the developer to discuss the concerns of the community. Therefore, after the meeting on January 23, 2013, I called the engineer of the San Stino development and requested he contact your lead person to set up a community meeting. Please continue to keep in touch and let me know if you would like to meet.  Feel free to call our office at 621-5651 to set up a meeting. 
Thank you.
Ray Nutting
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
530) 621-5651