Meyers Plan workshop to take place Wednesday
February 21, 2014
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How different is the proposed Meyers Area Plan from an existing Meyers Community Plan?
Wading through that question is the focus of a workshop at the California Conservation Corps building in Meyers on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
"That's the basic focus, to look at the current plan and the proposed plan and what it is we like and what it is we don't like," said El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago.
The Meyers Area Plan has been a work in progress for more than 18 months. An advisory council of community volunteers working with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and El Dorado County planning staff has crafted the plan.
The plan covers almost 670 acres, laying out proposed land use and zoning designations, building height, density and design standards and desired community improvement projects.
It has come under fire from some residents who say it opens Meyers to development on too large of a scale.
"We need to make sure the Meyers community gets the Meyers plan they want," said Angie Olson, a resident of the unincorporated community who has concerns about the proposed plan.
"We want growth, but appropriate-sized growth. That's my big thing," she said. "If it means we have to go back to the table and rewrite a lot of stuff then so be it."
Santiago said Wednesday's workshop includes a presentation about the differences between the two plans as well as a question-and-answer session.
Santiago said there has been some misunderstanding and misinformation about the proposed area plan and what it would and would not allow.
That includes the "catalyst project" concept prepared by consultant One Globe Corporation through a $25,000 grant from Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and El Dorado County.
Some people thought it was an actual project that would be approved along with the area plan, but it was a conceptual proposal prepared to identify financially feasible scenarios to provide economic benefits, improved infrastructure and environmental sustainability, according to Santiago.
"There's no project. There's no developer. There's no siting. Absolutely none," she said.
An announcement for the workshop released by El Dorado County and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency states the "catalyst project" is not a formal project proposal and does not include a property owner, developer, investor, project designs or permit applications.
"Based on review of the consultant proposals by the Meyers Community Advisory Council, El Dorado County, TRPA and community members, the catalyst project will not be pursued," the announcement states.
Wednesday's workshop is just another step in a process to bring the area plan closer to the vision the Myers community wants, Santiago said.
"We want to make sure the plan is reflective of the vision the community has. This is all part of that process. We'll be engaged and ready to go."
The workshop runs from 6-8 p.m.