Background on Land Use Updates in EDC General Plan
State planning law requires every County to adopt and maintain a "blueprint" for development throughout the county: a General Plan.
"Developing Mutual Support on Community-Wide Issues"
On November 14, 2011 the El Dorado County (EDC) Board of Supervisors (BOS) adopted Resolutions of Intention (ROI) to amend the existing General Plan (GP) and to complete a comprehensive update to the County's Zoning Ordinance (ZO). The General Plan implementation process became the EDC Land Use Policy Programmatic Update (LUPPU) process to collectively address updating numerous documents (GP, ZO, Housing Element Update and Travel Demand Model [TOM] upon which local transportation projects are developed and ultimately traffic impact fees are set), as well as inclusion of changes found in State Law (such as inclusion of Green House Gas Emissions regulations). The BOS action of late 2011 followed a year-long process of review and consideration (and active participation of volunteers involved at Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) Regulatory Reform meetings) of pro-posed changes determined to be necessary, after reviewing historical growth rates, known development patterns, market demands, and the findings from the General Plan 5-year review.
In December 2011 the Business Alliance engaged Kathye Russell to revive their bi-monthly newsletter on local business-related topics. Since the ad hoc Regulatory Reform Subcommittee of EDAC had begun meeting weekly to ad-dress issues that surfaced as part of the 5-year General Plan review, this publication has never run out of subjects to discuss. Our goal has been to keep our membership base, and the public, engaged and informed as LUPPU evolved. Reg Reform was successful in recruiting many interested community representatives that were soon invested in the LUPPU process as the benefits of implementing this General Plan became known. The LUPPU effort also progressed to include ongoing local economic development with support in the form of grants and a countywide "web portal" that would bring all areas of the County under one on-line link to a variety of local organizations, events and services.
A change in BOS membership slowed the process a bit, but overall a "new" long-range planning department and staff kept LUPPU on track. This past year (2013) a variety of consultants have been analyzing LUPPU components as required and we are currently on the brink of having the EIR released (next week!) and public discussion with the BOS occur. To that end, this is a good time to review the fundamental foundation that was set by county Supervisors (prior and current BOS members) and that have been a part of the EIR now ripe for discussion and ultimately for SOS decisions and ultimate adoption.
FOUR KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE LUPPU PROCESS Following numerous meetings bets-seen the public, staff and the Board of Supervisors that identified areas where General Plan goals had not been met, and to get the LUPPU process "officially" moving, the BOS adopted Resolutions of Intention (ROI) setting forth the following as Objectives of the LUPPU process:
- Increase jobs, sales tax revenues and moderate housing availability;
- Promote and protect the EDC's Agricultural and Natural Resource lands;
- Make NO changes to the current General Plan's Land Use Designations except as follows:
- Limited clean-up language as identified through the Zoning Ordinance update process;
- Consider changing Camino/Pollock Pines from a Community Region (CR) to a Rural Center (RC);
- Agriculture District boundary adjustments, including adding new areas as previously determined but not yet processed.