Comment sought for new policy on developments

Published: Sunday, Jul. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 - 9:18 am

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is seeking public comment as it considers a new policy to guide evaluation of large, privately initiated developments that would require a change in the county's general plan.

Community Development Agency staff members presented a draft policy to the board during a June 27 workshop. The new policy would require an "initiation" hearing before the Board of Supervisors for projects that would increase the density of residential development beyond that currently allowed in the general plan, the county's blueprint for growth.

Major issues under consideration include whether the policy should apply to all projects requiring a change in the general plan in addition to residential projects, and whether the policy should apply to pending projects.

Thirteen projects have been submitted to the county that would add a combined total of approximately 6,000 new residential units, officials said.

The Board of Supervisors directed staff members to make the policy available for public comment for 30 days. The public is encouraged to submit comments by Aug. 2. A final decision is expected in September.

Additional information and a copy of the proposed policy is available at

Comments should be sent to Shawna Purvines at, or 2850 Fairlane Court, Placerville 95667.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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