Diamond-Dorado Center Moves a Step Closer to Reality
Development of a large shopping mall south of Diamond Springs edged a bit closer to becoming a reality this week. On the drawing boards for five years already, the Diamond-Dorado Retail Center project gained ground Tuesday when El Dorado County Supervisors unanimously approved a nine-point recommendation from the county’s Planning Commission.
The action involved an official board resolution amending the county’s General Plan Land Use Element and creation of a new zoning ordinance reflecting that amendment. Four parcels that make up just over 27 acres were rezoned from Industrial use (I) to General Commercial-Planned Development use (GC-PD).
Local developer Leonard Grado submitted an application for the project in November 2007 as Leonard Grado/GGV Missouri Flat, LLC. And since that time, the county has undertaken a comprehensive General Plan update that eventually would allow the rezone and certified an Environmental Impact Report conducted on the proposed project.
Diamond-Dorado, while significant in its own right, is also one piece of a larger development future which includes construction of the Diamond Springs Parkway, a proposed four-lane connector road from Highway 49 just south of Placerville to Missouri Flat Road. The parkway is proposed as a means to improve traffic flow from Pleasant Valley Road and the south county to Highway 50. It would allow motorists to skirt the narrow downtown Main Street in Diamond Springs alleviating traffic bottlenecks and hastening access to the freeway.
County planners and department of transportation staff have ...