Amador Supervisors Reject Mandatory Design Review Regulations Noting EDC's "Should" Standard
County Planning Department Director Susan Grijalva said design guidelines in El Dorado County and Placerville do use the word “should,” not “shall,” but they remain as regulations. She said due to reduced staff and development numbers, she recommended supervisors consider impacts on staff from having mandatory guidelines.
Amador County Board of Supervisors in their late June meeting unanimously denied a design review process and regulations with a preference to establish voluntary design guidelines.
The board also moved to revisit the county’s draft General Plan to go through its design element guidelines one by one to see which guidelines they want to keep. Supervisor John Plasse said in making the motion that a workshop format could help reach a compromise on design guidelines so they can pick and choose design standards and find those that they feel are conducive to be recommended on a voluntary basis.
The board agreed on voluntary design standards, though Supervisor Vice Chairman Richard Forster said if a “use permit is involved at all,” it will matter whether the guidelines are followed. Forster said even if it is voluntary, developments will have public participation at the Planning Commission, which if it hears enough public input will vote the way of the people’s preference...