I hear this all the time, “in 2015, 91% of the registered voters voted “NO” on this rezone, why are we dealing with this now?”
That is a good question my friend. Here is the history. Back in 2015 this rezone issue came up and a group of concerned residents felt they had to stop it somehow. They met at the Bella Bru over coffee and decided to create a measure and put it to the vote of the people. I can’t remember the exact reason but I believe it was a timing problem that we could not put a full blown referendum on the ballot so we settled for an “advisory” measure. The difference between and “advisory” and a “referendum” is that a referendum if passes becomes law. An “advisory” just shows the will of the people and is not a law, and so an advisory does not have any “teeth”.
Here is the text of Measure E:
Should the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors re-zone the approximately 100 acres of the former executive golf course in El Dorado Hills from its current land use designation as “open space recreation” to a designation that allows residential housing and commercial development on the property?
The votes were cast and here are the results:
Fast forward until today. Everything was quiet and everyone went on about their business without worrying about the fate of the Old Golf Course. That is until 10/31/2019 when the El Dorado County Planning Commission announced a Hearing to consider the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan project to request a General Plan Amendment (A14-0003) to amend the County General Plan Land Use Map designations. There it was, out of the blue. Here we are during the middle of the holiday season on our heels trying to recover from this announcement. We are right back where we were in 2015.
I hope this provides an answer to the question “In 2015, 91% of the registered voters voted “NO” on this rezone, why are we dealing with this now?”
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