Rumor has it there are new developments about the Old Golf Course in the works to be announced within the next couple of months.
Let’s be prepared by forming a strong coalition of residents opposed to the development of housing on our currently zoned open space, specifically the Old El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course. Please join our mailing list to keep informed. If you are on the mailing list you will receive emails with the latest developments.
Following are the key points of the meeting. Included herein is a link to a video of the meeting followed by a chart of the speakers/topics and their location in the video:
(1) TO PROTECT THE OLD EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE AS A COMMUNITY RESOURCE, please write to the Board of Supervisors now. If you want to have a voice in the development of your community, oppose designating any land in the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (CEDHSP) as a “Green Zone.”
(2) A “Green Zone” designation does not mean keeping land green; it flags the land for fast track infill development. Such a designation for the golf course is inconsistent with the General Plan and zoning.
(3) “By mistake,” the El Dorado County Planning Department included the Old Executive Golf Course in the Green Zone plan presented for a vote to the Board of Supervisors (BOS) on April 13, 2021. Many concerned county residents saw this “mistake” as a backdoor to a development that the community has clearly opposed. These residents contacted their supervisors.
(4) The BOS did send the proposed Green Zone plan back to County Planning to remove the Golf Course, but some areas of the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan may remain when the revised plan is submitted to the BOS on May 4.
(5) As residents of El Dorado County, we have the General Plan and zoning for many reasons, including the right of residents to have a voice in planning. Changes require public processes like specific plans. No shortcuts, like a Green Zone for land in the CEDHSP, are acceptable.
(6) This proposal is premature, fraught with inaccuracies and misconceptions. It was brought to the Board of Supervisors quickly and poorly documented. For example, at this point, there is no project for a grant application. This is just laying the groundwork for the County to propose something in the future that would come before the Board to ask permission to even submit a grant application. According to the spokesperson at the Department of Transportation, they are more concerned about getting the transportation dollars.
(7) Please write to your supervisor(s) and ask them to deny this project. We need to demand transparency and accountability.
We have provided this link to the Board of Supervisors video of the meeting held on April 13, 2021. This link is of the complete meeting but you can go to various portions of the meeting by going to the time locations noted in the following table.
Time Location in Video
Raphael Martinez Director of Transportation
What the project is NOT
Not SB-35 Planning and zoning: affordable housing: streamlined approval process.
Note: This was posted on the EDH Nextdoor website just a few hours ago and because of that, I consider this to be public knowledge at this point, so I have taken the liberty to publish the full text here on this website with John’s permission.
New activity old Executive Golf Course and Pedregal Planning Area: closer to development. As many of you know, in the past 15 months there has not been much publicly-disclosed activity regarding development of the old Executive Golf Course and the Pedregal Planning Area as proposed by Parker Development (the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan or CEDHSP). The last public hearing was before the Planning Commission at the District Church on January 13, 2020. As you know, the community voiced overwhelming opposition to the CEDHSP at every Planning Commission meeting. Despite this consistent opposition, the El Dorado County Department of Transportation, through Natalie Porter, Senior Traffic Civil Engineer, has submitted a resolution to the Board of Supervisors that designates the CEDHSP area as Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) “Green Zone.” Sounds great, BUT SACOG Green Zones are areas set aside for accelerated infill development. Such a designation sets the stage for the development of the CEDHSP while flying below the radar. Interestingly, the supporting documents provided by the Department of Transportation do not identify the CEDHSP area once….only the El Dorado Hills Business Park is mentioned. Nevertheless, without any supporting documentation or other mention of developing the old golf course, the CEDHSP is designated a Green Zone via a map that is part of the resolution. You can see everything here:
The Board of Supervisors is meeting tomorrow, 4/13/21, to vote on this issue. I find the resolution before the Board of Supervisors to be disingenuous at best. Designating the CEDHSP as a SACOG Green Zone sets the stage to rationalize development of the old Executive Golf Course as a “green” measure consistent with area-wide government mandates. The reality is this is a back-door push forward for a project facing stiff community opposition. Further, such a Green Zone designation is inconsistent with the General Plan and current zoning. (The General Plan designates the old golf course as “open space” and current zoning allows recreational facilities.) If the CEDHSP is designated a Green Zone by the Board of Supervisors, stopping development of the old golf course will be very difficult. I urge you to make your voice heard on this matter. Do not let the Board of Supervisors designate the old Executive Golf Course as an area set aside for infill development. Write your Supervisor today–time is of the essence to get your voice heard and your comment made public because the vote is tomorrow. The Green Zone resolution is Agenda Item #20. At the very least, simply let your supervisors know that you oppose Agenda Item #20 of the 4/13/2021 Meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Supervisors:
General Public Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org The El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Committee (APAC) has already sent a letter in opposition to the resolution naming the CEDHSP area as a Green Zone. I chair the APAC subcommittee reviewing the CEDHSP.