Shingle Springs Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards
Cameron Park Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards/Guidelines
Diamond Springs/El Dorado Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards/Guidelines
El Dorado Hills Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards/Guidelines
El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and El Dorado County Planning Commission Meetings
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (Board) and El Dorado County Planning Commission (Planning Commission) are providing input and direction on the development of the Design Standards/Guidelines at key milestones during the project’s planning processes and will consider the adoption of the communities’ Design Standards/Guidelines at the conclusion of the process for each identified community. Board and Planning Commission meeting details and materials are listed below in the order of occurrence/publication.
The project’s first Board and Planning Commission meetings, working sessions, will take place in late Winter/early Spring 2020. Please continue to check the webpage for information about the meetings.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards Project?
The Commercial/Multi-Family Residential Design Standards Project (Design Standards/Guidelines) is a community-based planning project that will result in comprehensive design regulations and supporting guidelines for commercial and multi-family residential projects in four of El Dorado County’s unincorporated communities: Shingle Springs, Cameron Park, Diamond Springs/El Dorado, and El Dorado Hills. The standards will address all aspects of private realm building and site design, and document architectural themes rooted in the community and El Dorado County’s building tradition. They will also provide conceptual site designs to demonstrate how the standards can be applied to the different kinds of sites present in the community, and include performance standards that assess projects’ conformance with the standards.
The project comprises two components. Component 1 will focus on the development of design standards for Shingle Springs, the project’s prototype community. Based upon the approach developed for Shingle Springs, Component 2 will involve the preparation of design standards/guidelines for the remaining three communities.
The project will be led by El Dorado County planning staff, the County’s Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC) and the project’s consultants: Mintier Harnish and the Orr Design Group.
Why is the County Undertaking the Project?
The County is undertaking the project to implement El Dorado County General Plan policy direction to prepare design standards/guidelines for the communities that are developed in collaboration with community members and seek to identify, maintain, and enhance the community’s character and unique identity. By defining the community’s aesthetic preferences for commercial and multi-family residential development, the community can achieve greater certainty that future development will positively contribute to communities’ character and identity. The project builds upon the County’s previous efforts to create and implement a community-based planning process framework. Specifically, the project utilizes the approach described in the County’s Community Planning Guide. The County is also embarking on the effort to help simplify and expedite the project review process. This will reduce project costs and encourage development that will benefit the community, including residential projects that satisfy the unmet demand for multi-family housing.
Are the Design Standards/Guidelines Mandatory?
Yes and no. The project is primarily focusing on the creation of design standards, binding regulations that future commercial and multi-family residential projects in the respective community must generally meet. For commercial development, the County intends to streamline the project review requirements for projects that comply with the standards. For multi-family residential development, the County will only adopt objective design standards that are subject to ministerial review, consistent with recently adopted State law. In addition to the required design standards, some of the communities may incorporate design guidelines to further direct the configuration and character of commercial development. The guidelines will serve as best practice recommendations, rather than requirements, for how to achieve the community’s expectations for building and site design.
How will the Standards/Guidelines be Used?
Similar to the County’s Community Design Standards, including the Mixed-Use Design Manual, the Design Standards/Guidelines will be utilized by project applicants to understand the County’s expectations for commercial and multi-family residential development, and by County staff and decisionmakers to review and make determinations on development projects.
What is the Project Schedule?
The Board of Supervisors initiated this project in 2019. The initial Shingle Springs’ component will be completed first, while the remainder of the project will be completed for the other identified communites. Targeted completion dates and public engagement opportunities will be posted to this webpage as they are developed. Key project components include, but are not limited to the following:
Existing Conditions - The County will analyze the General Plan, the Zoning Ordinance, the County and the communities’ existing design standards and guidelines, and other background resources, along with development in the communities’ commercial and multi-family residential areas, to gain an understanding of the existing policy and regulatory framework and each community’s current state of development.
Outreach Step 1 - The County will meet with the communities’ Community Advisory Group (CAT), stakeholders, members of the public, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors (Board) to identify the key issues and aesthetic and character preferences that the standards and guidelines should address.
Design Standards/Guidelines Development - In collaboration with the CATs, the County will develop the design guidelines/standards for each community.
Outreach Step 2 - The County will present and the receive the public’s input on the Public Review Draft Design Guidelines Standards at open house-style workshops.
Adoption - The County will finalize the Design Standards/Guidelines, complete the necessary environmental review analysis, and present the documents to the Planning Commission and Board for adoption.
How can I Participate in Project’s Planning Process?
As a community-based planning process, the Design Standards/Guidelines’ outreach process includes a variety of opportunities and ways for the public to participate. See the list below for the project’s various types of outreach activities. Please take advantage of these many opportunities to learn, provide input, and help create standards and guidelines that perpetuate desirable commercial and multi-family development in your community.
Certain documents are being prepared on a project-wide basis, consolidating content for the four communities. These documents are listed below in the order of publication.