Growth issues may be on the mend in El Dorado County |

Growth issues may be on the mend in El Dorado County

PLACERVILLE – El Dorado County growth aches may soon be on the mend.

A Denver-based firm released a consulting report Tuesday that reflected a willingness of opposing county stakeholders to work together; something that hasn’t been there in the past, according to Supervisor Dave Solaro.

“There appears to be a willingness of many special interests and parties in the county to quit fighting and talk,” Solaro said. “It’s something that I had unsuccessfully tried to get moving in the past. But I’m really optimistic that we can now move forward and get away from lawsuits and dissension.”

The board hired the CDR Associates in September to interview a broad scope of county stakeholders who sit on both sides of the growth issue.

Researching 10 years of county growth hostilities, the consulting firm suggested the Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission be more central in the change toward greater collaboration in making land-use decisions.

The firm recommended developing consensus-building work groups as a way to civilly air differences of opinion, with governing officials taking the lead.

“I think the timing’s great, not only with the new board but people are finally sick of fighting,” Solaro said.

CDR asked interviewees about their views regarding a variety of county issues, two of which were traffic and transportation. Solaro said Tahoe residents should be especially concerned with West Slope road issues because South Shore businesses depend on U.S. Highway 50 for their livelihood.

The consulting firm’s research found that traffic impacts significantly concerned county residents, who felt traffic problems were a result of development, and therefore felt traffic mitigation should be paid for by commercial and residential developers.

“Traffic is a hot button for many county residents, and is synonymous with growth and development,” CDR’s report stated. “CDR did not hear a single voice dismissing traffic impacts as a matter of concern for the county.”

The board unanimously passed a motion made by Solaro Tuesday for the new board that convenes in January to set up workshops for the supervisors, planning commission and community members to start the process of collaboration in the county.

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