On December 15, 2015, the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA/ZOU) was approved by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, with blatant disregard for the impacts of the project and continued misrepresentation of the project to the public. Those changes proposed to rezone over 1/3 of the County’s parcels, threaten ground water supplies, vastly increase commercial activities in residential neighborhoods, and more.

RCU filed legal action led by a truly motivational CEQA attorney, but after two years found that a team of attorneys were needed for such a heavy lift. We did not prevail on the majority of issues and were eventually made to withdraw the appeal.

Our wins included fire safety issues, specifically the judge agreed that the EIR had not adequately informed the public of issues raised by the Board of Forestry.

The project’s process is highlighted here, starting with the most recent events.

Rural Communities United (RCU) Press Release, January 14, 2016:

RCU Press Release 1-14-16
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Legal action to overturn TGPA/ZOU approval- Petition for Writ of Mandate filed January 13, 2016 by attorney Tom Infusino:

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Click on image for PDF of Petition for Writ of Mandate

Over two dozen statements were made at the November 10, 2015 Board of Supervisors meeting to explain the many flaws and lack of transparency in the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA/ZOU).  Click here to view the testimony.

Attorney Tom Infusino testifying at the November 10, 2015 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors hearing.

Rural Communities United (RCU) Press Release, September 10, 2015:

RCU Press Release 9-10-15
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Excerpt from Appeal filed September 8, 2015 by attorney Tom Infusino:

“Getting a fair hearing is critical when the issue is as important as the county general plan; considered the land use constitution of the County. Getting a fair hearing is complicated by the complexity of the changes to the Zoning Ordinance. RCU members will not have a meaningful opportunity to be heard in the absence of an appeal hearing.”

The Board of Supervisors denied the Appeal, so the update went before the Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2015 under the standard hearing process of review, meaning 3-minute increments for public comment following hours of persuasive dialogue by County staff.



Community groups unite for presentation April 29, 2015 in Cameron Park:
“El Dorado County General Plan Facts & Fiction:”

March 2014 Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) released, showing the proposed changes to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

TGPA-ZOU Public DEIR March 2014 cover image
Click here to download a PDF of the 1,212 page Draft EIR from the El Dorado County website

More information is available on the County’s website: