El Dorado Sign Ordinance Update in public review period | TahoeDailyTribune.com

El Dorado Sign Ordinance Update in public review period

EL DORADO COUNTY — A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Sign Ordinance Update prepared by the El Dorado County Community Development agency became available for a 45-day public review Wednesday.

The 45-day review period is scheduled to end at 5 p.m. on Feb. 17.

“The County is proposing a comprehensive update to the Sign Ordinance which has not been updated since 1980. The intent of the Sign Ordinance update is to ensure signs are consistent with the visual and aesthetic goals and policies set by the El Dorado County General Plan and to protect the county’s visual appearance and scenic landscapes,” Dave Defanti, Assistant Director with the Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning stated in the press release.

During the review period, the agency solicits comments from public agencies and other interested parties regarding the content of the DEIR and potential environmental impacts that may result from the project implementation, not the positive or negative attributes of the proposed project itself, according to a Community Development Agency press release.

A meeting for public comments on the DEIR is scheduled for Jan.29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Planning Commission Hearing Room located at 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C in Placerville. Comment cards will be available for submitting written comments concerning the Draft EIR.

The proposed project consists of the adoption and implementation of a comprehensive update to the County’s existing Sign Ordinance, chapter 17.16 of the zoning ordinance, and amendment of General plan objective 2.7.1 and corresponding policy pertaining to billboards along identified scenic corridors and historic routes.

The DEIR is prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines.

The proposed project does not involve amendments to the County general plan land use designations or zoning districts or any new entitlements, according to the press release.

The project applies only to the unincorporated areas of the county. In such areas, it applies to signs located or mounted on private property, as well as county property and land owned by public entities over which the county has land use regulatory authority.

Furthermore, the project does not apply to lands subject to the regulatory authority of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, including the area east of Echo Summit, the press release said.

The Draft EIR will evaluate the environmental impacts on aesthetics associated with implementation of the proposed project. The DEIR and supporting information is available online at http://www.edcgov.us/Government/LongRangePlanning/LandUse/Sign_Ordinance_Update.aspx

The DEIR may also be reviewed at the Community Development Agency Planning Services Public Counter located at 2850 Fairlane Court, Building C in Placerville. Copies of the draft are available to review at the County libraries. For library locations and hours, visit the website http://www.eldoradolibrary.org.

All written public and agency comments must be received by 5 p.m. on February 17. Please email, fax, mail or hand-deliver comments to Anne Novotny, El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Long Range Planning, 2850 Fairlane Ct., Building C, Placerville, Ca. 95667. Email: anne.novotny@edcgov.us Fax: (530) 642-0508.

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