Yes, I would love to help my neighbors fight against this project, it seems there are not many benefits for residents in El Dorado Hills and the rest of the County.

Reason 2 (of many reasons) For Not Approving this Rezone of the Old Golf Course.

In the Draft Development Agreement for the CEDHSP (Golf Course Rezone) this is stated:

“E. The Project will provide neighborhood, community and County-wide benefits, as more fully detailed in this Agreement, including:

1. Fiscally neutral impacts on County services (Section 3.9 and FIA); “

It goes on to say “.. a net negative fiscal impact upon the County General Fund and County Road Fund. Developer and County shall form a community facilities district (“CFD”) or other mutually acceptable financing to generate annual revenues to the County sufficient to eliminate the identified negative fiscal impact to both the County General Fund and the County Road Fund.”

In my opinion, this is not a BENEFIT because in fact, the negative fiscal impact will start at the beginning of the project and over 15 years will amount to a deficit of $4,885,000, and the deficit will continue in perpetuity.

How will this deficit be made up? Higher taxes on the residents of El Dorado County. This may benefit the County but NOT the residents!

I don’t know about you but in addition to property taxes and other taxes, I pay about $1,000 additional taxes (Mello Roos) per year toward roads and County infrastructure and the roads continue to deteriorate.

This is not a Benefit.

This is one of many reasons this project is not good for the residents of El Dorado County and that is why I oppose this project.

I Regret The Actions of Nextdoor.com

Yesterday, I had all my posts removed without justification or warning to me. I have had several posts on Nextdoor about a critical issue confronting all the residents of El Dorado Hills. The subject is the rezone of the old El Dorado Hills Golf Course. I know many residents feel strongly about the rezone because in 2015 91% of registered voters voted against it.

Because time is of the essence, I started posting topics about this rezone to make residents were aware of the impacts on the community. Although each topic was centered around the rezone, each topic I posted had a different facet of the rezone so discussions would be unique.

The intent of the posts was to get the community involved in a subject very important to the quality of life in EDH now, and for future generations. I found that most residents were engaged and many great issues were discussed along with historical facts about the community.

I was enriched with a lot of new friendships as were others. These discussions and the documentation provide in those discussions were helpful to many in understanding the issue.

As with all discussions, and by the nature of social media, some discussions strayed outside the areas intended, but that is the nature of things.

Today, I took a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day and when I awoke I found that I was locked out of Nextdoor until I agreed to follow the Nextdoor guidelines. I agreed and was allowed to continue to find that all my posts, neighborhood connections, the history and relationships contained in those posts were gone, without warning.

I have had a few hours to absorb this and felt compelled to write this post, probably my last on Nextdoor.

I am disappointed that the hours and hours of communication, engagement, information and knowledge that help me and thousands of others share our thoughts was destroyed by some unknown person or persons who felt they had to power to take that from us.

I was naive to think the administrators of this website would not do such a thing because according to their “about”,  “Nextdoor is the world’s largest social network for the neighborhood. Nextdoor enables truly local conversations that empower neighbors to build stronger and safer communities.

Building connections in the real world is a universal human need. That truth, and the reality that neighborhoods are one of the most important and useful communities in our lives, have been a guiding principle for Nextdoor since it was founded in 2011.”

So I sit here quietly.  No one has given me an explanation of any kind.

Well, my faith in Nextdoor is destroyed and it is time to move on.

Hello Facebook!

Volunteer Help Needed

The ParksNotParker.org  team needs volunteer help ASAP.  These are purely voluntary positions and will last from 2 to 6 months (part time or full time, or just do what you can) depending on how effective we are at making the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan (CEDHSP) a win/win for the County and the Applicant.  At this point in the process there are many issues with the project and we are working to mitigate those issues so we need help in the following areas.

  • Document Analysis – We are looking for community volunteers to review documents for errors and inconsistencies in this projects’s documentationThe goal of this analysis is to determine how the project documentation and content can be improved to provide the best benefit to the community, and to the applicant.  We will provide much needed help for the El Dorado Hills Area Planning Advisory Committee (APAC) which is reviewing the documents to insure their accuracy before they are presented to the El Dorado County Planning Commission (Planning Commission) for their review.  It is imperative these documents contain accurate and vetted information before the Planning Commission submits their recommendations to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (BOS)  for their vote on the project.
    • Skills required
      • Detail oriented
      • Ability to simplify complex written prose
      • Ability to understand spreadsheets
      • Ability to collaborate in small groups
      • Self starter
      • Ability to get things done in a short period of time with minimal supervision
    • Needed as soon as possible
  • Marketing  – We want to utilize social media, newspapers, email and US Postal service mailings to notify the EDH public about the project and to get their input.  Back in 2015 Measure E on the ballot resulted in 91% of the registered voters who voted were against the project.  Now the Developer is pushing forward and the project is in the hands of the Planning Commission.  We want to inform and remind every EDH resident of the implications of this project on their quality of life so they can voice their concerns.
    • Skills required
      • Effective written and oral communication skills
      • Facebook Publishing Tools and Facebook Ad Center knowledge and application
      • Email Marketing skills such as Constant Contact or Mail Chimp
      • Digital graphics skills
      • WordPress post creation
      • Self starter
      • Ability to get things done in a short period of time with minimal supervision
    • Needed as soon as possible

These are voluntary positions.  Your reward will be a positive impact on this community now and for generations to come.

Please submit the following information:

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

This post is to encourage all of you who voted against the rezone of the old EDH Golf Course in 2015 to act NOW.

This post is to encourage all of you (1600) who voted against the rezone of the old EDH Golf course on this website https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=129700844 to act NOW.

It may seem the cards are stacked against us, and they are. I have been watching what has been going on in this community since I moved here in 2011 and my takeaway is that this community is overtaken by apathy.

I like to say, we all know there is a silent majority in America, unfortunately they all live in EDH.

I see people complaining and venting about everything that is wrong with the community, bad roads, school overcrowding, so on and so on. Plenty complaints, very little action. All of the action comes from very few concerned citizens that actually volunteer to do something while the rest of us sit back and complain while we watch our quality of life slowly erode.

Parker Development wants to take a huge piece of prime property, which they own, and which has been zone open space/recreational from the 1960’s and should stay that way, and turn it into more than 700 homes. As a good friend of mine says, “Parker gets the gold mine and we get the shaft”.

My question to you, fellow resident, are we going to let that happen? I am afraid the answer is a resounding YES. Why? Because of the big A word, Apathy. There are a hand full of people silently working to stop this development but I am afraid it is too little too late.

I have a petition on https://parksnotparker.org to stop the rezone where over 1300 neighbors have signed. I have put a poll on Nextdoor asking if they are against the rezone and over 1600 have said “YES”.

This is all well and good, but we need a much stronger show of strength and commitment against the rezone. I have done as much as I can and others have also been proactive against this fight but it is not enough. Our fate is in the hands of the 5 Supervisors on the County Board of Supervisors. It takes 3 out of 5 to decide our fate, and it is NOT looking good. It seems the Supervisors who are not directly associated with EDH could care less and want this project to go through because it will be a “cash cow” for the rest of the County. EDH is already a cash cow.

Of the other three Supervisors, the general feeling is that two of them do not want this project to go through. That leaves our Supervisor, John Hidahl, who was elected based on his well documented opposition to the project. https://parksnotparker.org/john-hidahl-remarks-on-nextdoor/

I know John and I worked closely with him when he initiated Measure E in 2015 where an advisory vote of 91% of the registered voters in EDH voted against this project. Now I am hearing from some close to John that he wants to vote FOR this project. I don’t know if what I have heard is true, but they are reliable sources and it scares me and should scare you.

I know there are small groups working throughout the community to resist this project. I believe that what we need is a “champion or leader” to pull these groups together and organize them into one cohesive group that can lead this effort with a strong message and voice.

Who will that person be?

Thank you!

Thank you all for your participation and support on this website, on Nextdoor.com and on the Facebook page.

Thanks to you we have quickly reached over 1200 signed petitions on this website to “say NO to the rezone”.


Additionally, we have a poll posted on Nextdoor that has resulted in 87 percent of you who are against the rezone.

That tracks well with the voter turnout in 2015.


Please enjoy your Thanksgiving!!

In 2015, 91% of the registered voters voted “NO” on this rezone, why are we dealing with this now?

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?”

How do you feel about this?  Provide your comments below.




Sign the Petition to Stop the Rezone

If you experience problems  contact admin@parksnotparker.org.

A copy of your petition will be sent to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Board, Mel Pabalinas and yourself.

This petition is requesting the El Dorado County Planning Commission to NOT approve the rezone the Old Golf Course for residential development

Thank you for taking the time to sign this petition

Back in 2015 91% of the registered voters in El Dorado Hills voted against rezoning the El Dorado Hills Old Golf Course in advisory vote.

Just recently, we received a notice from the El Dorado Hills Planning Commission announcing a Hearing to consider the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan project to request a General Plan Amendment which will result in rezoning the Old Executive Golf Course for housing.

It seems the will of the people are being ignored and will result in the denigration of quality of life by adding approximately 1566 additional automobiles crowding the intersection of Serrano Parkway and El Dorado Hills Blvd daily, creating more noise and pollution, overcrowding our schools, and developing prime recreational open space in the heart of El Dorado Hills.

Water use is estimated to increase by 70,215,780 gallons per year. (82 gallons per day per capita 783 homes 3 people per home * 365 days)

AECOM Technical Services, Inc. estimates that the project will produce 3,907 metric tons of carbon equivalency per year. (4.99 per service unit * 783)

Residential property in EDH has value in part because of amenities such as schools, parks and open space. Lots and houses are bought and sold based on this value. To rezone and take away a large piece of open space would have a significant impact. The value of all residential property in the community would be diminished, a loss to all the current owners. In part, the increase in value to the Parker Company achieved through rezoning would come at the expense of other property owners.

I request that 1. the Planning Commission NOT Recommend the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan as proposed, 2. the Board of Supervisors NOT approve the Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan as proposed, regardless of the recommendations of the Planning Commission and 3. the OLD Golf Course NOT be rezoned for residential development.

I further feel strongly that NO commitments shall be made with respect to any Development Agreement and/or changes to the General Plan without written agreement from representatives of community groups.

This is a travesty that must be stopped. Please sign this petition.

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this petition was compiled from various historical documents. It is intended to provide information at a general level for the reader. Any errors, omissions or mischaracterizations are not intentional. CREDITS: Ellison Rumsey, Serrano Westside Project Briefing Book May 2011 CC:John Hidahl, Mel Pabalinas
1,932 signatures = 39% of goal