Beginning in 1964, state and federal water agencies first proposed the Texas Hill Reservoir approximately 1 mile south of the Placerville city limit(Supervisorial District 3) along a three mile stretch of Weber Creek (Click Here for project location). Properties within or adjacent to the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir site that would be directly or indirectly affected by the proposed reservoir were included within a "Take Line" to reserve those lands for reservoir development and associated infrastructure (Click here for the 1965 Texas Hill Reservoir Project Map). Those lands within the Take Line were subsequently designated in the County General Plan as Open Space (OS), due to the direct / indirect effects of the proposed reservoir. The OS designation for these lands has been in effect for both the current (2004) and previous (1996) General Plans (Click Here for the General Plan Land Use Designation of affected parcels).
In 2020, the El Dorado Irrigation DIstrict (EID), the current water purveyor, proposed to cancel all previous plans for the future reservoir, as EID determined that the Texas Hill Reservoir would no longer be required as part of the District's long range plan for water supply. This would allow for future residential development within this area consistent with other residential-zoned properties in the vicinity. In order to allow new residential uses, both a General Plan amendment and Rezone will be required for 118 affected parcels within the mapped Texas Hill Reservoir Take Line.
This project will also require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and as a result, an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared.
Prior to Board adoption of the 2015 Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) on December 15, 2015, most properties either completely or partially within the proposed reservoir Take Line were residentially-zoned. However, those residential zones were inconsistent with the OS General Plan Land Use Designation which prohibits single family residential structures.
On June 17, 2008, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. 167-2008, amending General Plan Policy 126.96.36.199 to exempt most single-family residential development on existing legal lots from a finding of General Plan consistency. Based on this policy, a finding of General Plan consistency was only required for residential development greater than 4,000 square feet of living area, disturbing 20,000 square feet of land or where located within a General Plan Important Biological Corridor (-IBC) overlay. Since parcels within the reservoir site are not located within the IBC overlay, this amendment granted privately-owned parcels within the reservoir site the right to develop new residential uses when consistent with this policy.
Based on above amendments to Gen Plan Policy 188.8.131.52, all privately-owned parcels with appropriate zoning were therefore allowed single-family residences by right, even though inconsistent with the OS General Plan Land Use Designation.
On December 15, 2015, the Board adopted the Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) to make the Zoning Map consistent with the General Plan as required by state law. As part of the 2015 ZOU, all privately-owned lands within the Texas Hill Reservoir Take Line were rezoned to Recreational Facility, Low Intensity (RF-L) which prohibits residential uses. EID-owned lands within the Take Line remained zoned Open Space (OS).
On March 17, 2020, based on EID's commitment to cancel the proposed Texas Hill Reservoir project, the Board of Supervisors directed Long Range Planning staff to process the required General PLan Amendment, Rezones and associated environmental documents in order to permanently allow residential uses on affected parcels consistent with other residentially-zoned parcels in the vicinity.