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El Dorado County development focus of two measures on June 7 primary ballot

Adam Jensen
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A pair of El Dorado County measures on the June 7 ballot could impact how development takes place in El Dorado County.

Neither Measure E or Measure G will apply directly to the Lake Tahoe Basin and the jurisdiction of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, but could change planning and project approvals on the west slope of the Sierra Nevada.

Measure E would amend traffic policies in the El Dorado County General Plan and rescind 2008 amendments to Measure Y, which, in 1998, added five polices regarding how developers of some projects are required to mitigate traffic impacts.

Supporters of the measure have contended the 2008 amendments weakened the intent of the original Measure Y, which they said was effective in preventing traffic congestion between 1998 and 2008. Opponents of Measure E have called it flawed and unnecessary and said it will remove controls on growth, limits on traffic and protections for open space.

An impartial analysis of Measure E from interim county counsel Michael Ciccozzi indicates the measure could create a conflict with how the county approves projects.

“This effect of these amendments is unclear, in large part because the amendment to Policy TC-Xa — requiring completion of necessary road improvements before project approval — appears to conflict with the part of Policy TC-Xf left unchanged by this measure — allowing the County to approve a project so long as it conditions the project to construct the necessary road improvements,” Ciccozzi wrote.

Measure G would amend land-use designations and zoning policies in El Dorado County and implement a new matrix when determining changes to land use. Supporters have said the measure will protect historic downtowns, cultural sites, farms ranches and water. Opponents of Measure G have said it could create costly court battles, hurt water supplies and damage the economy.

Lake Tahoe Basin’s representative on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, Sue Novasel, has opposed both measures, saying they could upset the existing balance between scenic beauty and a healthy economy, lead to costly lawsuits and drain money from essential services. Supporters of E have disputed the contention that the measure will lead to lawsuits and have blamed the county’s actions for past expensive suits.

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