COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM MOVING FORWARD
In 2011 the BOS was considering ways to improve the local regulatory environment. They'd already established EDAC, the Economic Development Advisory Committee, in compliance with GP mandates. It was about this time that many community volunteers jumped in and EDAC w. soon reconstituted as CEDAC - the Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee. The BOS drew on the extensive volunteer base pulled together by Reg Reformers and "officially" gave those volunteers the respect they'd earned. The vast majority of these folks had no personal agenda being pushed; they weren't seeking a handout but were anxious to gain community wide support for programs they'd begun. Volunteers from an areas of the county attended meetings from El Dorado Hills' Historical Society's Betty January, to the organizers of Apple Hill; From Ron Wolfsfeld of the Georgetown Divide area to lone visionary Davey "Doc" Wiser who runs free stagecoach rides the Placerville and locomotive train rides in Shingle Springs/E1 Dorado. All were full of enthusiasm and optimism that was contagious. At one meeting these volunteers were asked what the "wish " included, and it was almost heartbreaking that Doc Wiser even had to ask for help to finance a new wheel for his stagecoach. Betty January, though active in many events and programs the El Dorado Hills wished for a building to house a countywide museum (many local families are descendants of our historic. gold-rush era). Bottom line is that the requests were selfless: Volunteers sought help to finance projects that would benefit the entire community.
Thus the need to seek government and private grants was born. Another idea born of this was the need for an inclusive, one-point-of-reference, community-wide online "Web Portal" to direct visitors and residents to any area of interest locally, a much-needed resource. There were existing independent online links and web pages, just there were some departments and organizations independently seek the grants, but it w. support for a ".11 community web port." benefit that h. held this group together and brought it full circle.
CEDAC remains active today and includes efforts by the original land-use policy wonks via Community Identification and Community Design efforts. Not only does CEDAC spearhead the Web Portal and Community Grant efforts, but Community Regions also have an opportunity to set community standards for development projects that are proposed. Shingle Springs has .ways had a railroad influence while Coloma is the perfect area to capitalize visually on the discovery of gold. It is incumbent on each area to come together with Long Range Planning st. to develop the attributes desired of projects, such as retaining historic facades for each area. There are grants available to help fund the process of local community planning as required. (Ref: GP Policy 126.96.36.199 on page 37).