Message 2/15/17 to Green Valley Alliance friends and supporters:

Last night the Board of Supervisors denied the 605-unit Dixon Ranch proposal on a 3-2 vote. Thank you to Supervisors Hidahl, Frentzen, and Ranalli for recognizing the problems with this project and voting to deny.  

And many thanks to those of you who were supportive and persistent, helped spread the word, signed the petition, shared with neighbors, attended the hearing, and overall helped to make it clear that this was not the project for that location.

Our deep appreciation to all of you.
Link to petition with 832 signatures & comments:

No 'Easy' Button!

posted May 14, 2017, 7:28 AM by Green Valley Alliance

Sent to our email list of supporters March 1st, 2017:

Dear GVA friends and supporters:

1)  PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO THANK SUPERVISORS FRENTZEN, HIDAHL, and RANALLI for their Board vote Tuesday, Feb 28th, supporing the final Findings for Denial of Dixon Ranch. They upheld their decision in the face of pleas from the developer and lobbying from the other two supervisors, who hoped to kick this can down the road with a continuance.  Our sincere thanks to the three of them!!!

2)  We've gotten a number of requests from folks asking us to handle upcoming projects that may impact Green Valley Rd.  We appreciate that, because it shows a growing hope that problematic developments like Dixon Ranch CAN be stopped.  

This message is to inspire you to act, because ultimately, you are responsible for your own backyard, and those who are most greatly impacted need to be the ones to lead the charge. You need to know my family is moving, and will no longer be an integral part of protecting your interests along the Green Valley corridor. It is up to all of you to keep the momentum going. 

There is no 'Easy' button. GVA does not have a 501c3, we do not raise funds, and we do not have a team of lawyers in our pocket. But we do have the ability to help you stay connected with each other.  This email will stay active, as will the GVA website and Facebook pages, but they will not be routinely updated and cannot be your 'go to' source. Please turn to those sources below and utilize social media.  Until we have FIVE supervisors who respect the will of the people, you need to stay engaged and participate constructively

You will find me focused on overturning the General Plan and zoning changes that Supervisors approved in December 2015 ..that's the TGPA/ZOU lawsuit from Rural Communities United (RCU). If you are not already on their email list, do that today. This is a countywide effort with countywide impacts, that every resident should already be familiar with, but may not be. It is the County's failure that so many property owners remain uninformed. 

Thank you for your support and involvement on corridor issues, and remember Green Valley corridor remains a target for excessive development, so stay connected!

Ellen Van Dyke


APAC chair, Tim White - 
Board of Supervisors contact info -
Land use notifications from El Dorado County -
Useful FB links - El Dorado Hills Community Discussions/Debating El Dorado Local Politics

Dixon Ranch DENIED 3-2, Feb 14, 2017

posted Feb 20, 2017, 4:10 PM by Green Valley Alliance

Message 2/15/17 to Green Valley Alliance friends and supporters:

Last night the Board of Supervisors denied the 605-unit Dixon Ranch proposal on a 3-2 vote. Thank you to Supervisors Hidahl, Frentzen, and Ranalli for recognizing the problems with this project and voting to deny.  

And many thanks to those of you who were supportive and persistent, helped spread the word, signed the petition, shared with neighbors, attended the hearing, and overall helped to make it clear that this was not the project for that location.

Our deep appreciation to all of you.
Link to petition with 832 signatures & comments:

Feb14, 2pm Supervisors meet to Vote on Dixon Ranch:

posted Feb 6, 2017, 6:33 AM by Green Valley Alliance

Please attend this critical meeting of the Board for the final vote on Dixon Ranch. Help show Supervisors that the proposed density increase on this site is unacceptable. If this project & its 605 homes is news to you, visit the GVA page,, then:
  • Call the Supervisors to express your concerns:  If you or friends in Dist 4 voted for Supervisor Ranalli, please remind him of his campaign promise, memorialized in the 9/18/14 Shingle Springs Community Alliance questionaire and reiterated on his campaign website:

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Call him and ask if you can count on him Feb 14th to retain the designated land use of the Dixon Ranch site as Low Density Residential 

Contact info for Board of Supervisors:
1. John Hidahl, Supervisor District I, (530) 621-5650,
2. Shiva Frentzen, Supervisor District II, (530) 621-5651,
3. Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor District III, (530) 621-5652,
4. Michael Ranalli, Supervisor District IV, (530) 621-6513,
5. Sue Novasel, Supervisor District V, (530) 621-6577,
Clerk of the Board:

  • Visit the new Facebook page 'Stop Dixon Ranch' (, to share information and connect with others who oppose the project.  Please use your social media skills to help spread the word.

February 14th - yep, Valentine's Day- if approved, this project will set a precedent for other proposals attempting to upzone lower density land and ignore voter approved Measure E. Don't let this happen. We don't say this often, but if you are able, take the afternoon off and be there to hold our electeds accountable. Mark your calendars now: 2pm Tues Feb 14th, 2850 Fairlane Ct Bldg C, Placerville

Diamonte reborn as 'the Vineyards'- 42 lots proposed

posted Dec 24, 2016, 6:00 AM by Green Valley Alliance

The 'Vineyard at El Dorado Hills' proposes 42 lots on the north side of Malcom-Dixon across from the Overlook (aka Wilson Estates).  The County's project no. is TM16-1528, and the link to the project info page is:

This is a new application on the same property as the Diamonte project (TM06-1421), which was previously approved for 22 lots. The existing zoning is RE5 for minimum 5 acre lots (22 lots max.) so the new project will require a rezone. 

Encourage the EDH Area Planning Advisory Committee (APAC) to add this project to their January agenda for neighborhood input, because the County's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting is not open to the public, but it is open to APAC, and they can give you a voice.  Contact Tim White (

GVA supports RCU - make your tax deductible donation today.

posted Dec 14, 2016, 8:27 AM by Green Valley Alliance

TGPA/ZOU is the acronym for the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update our Supervisors approved last December without fully informing the public. Rural Communities United (RCU) is the group that stepped up to file a lawsuit to overturn those changes, and Green Valley Alliance, along with individuals and other community groups from around the county, support that effort. 

Advocacy is time consuming and lawsuits are expensive. Please donate financially if you are able.  Share the attached flier with neighbors and friends and get informed. RCU donations are tax deductible and if the lawsuit is successful, larger donations may be refunded - see the attached flier for details.

BOS meeting Tues 10/25/16- item #38

posted Oct 24, 2016, 7:36 AM by Green Valley Alliance   [ updated Oct 24, 2016, 7:39 AM ]

Community Region Boundary review appears to be falling by the wayside again. Feb 24, 2015, the Board directed staff to include analysis for reduction of the CRB's in the 2016 General Plan update, but the report presented to the Board tomorrow (10/25/16) for a 'receive & file' vote says they will not be included in the work plan. 

This issue is the crux of several development project issues, including Dixon Ranch. As long as the Dixon Ranch property remains in the Community Region it will be a target for large high density developments. The property is only accessible, and visible, from the Rural Region, and the CRB's must be adjusted to include that property in the Rural Region where it belongs. 

Write to your supervisor and tell them they made a commitment to the public to address this issue.
Contact info: 

Support John Hidahl for County Supervisor Nov.8th

posted Oct 10, 2016, 5:04 PM by Green Valley Alliance

Green Valley Alliance strongly supports John Hidahl for District 1 County Supervisor.  

John Hidahl knows residents are concerned about the impacts of proposed large housing developments.  We need a Supervisor who respects and understands those concerns.  District 1 residents need a representative who will advocate for them, and we believe John is that person.  

John has 38-years of local volunteer service to the residents in District 1.  He was instrumental in the success of last year's open-space advisory vote for the golf course rezone, and he supports Measure E limits on traffic congestion. He has spent countless hours researching development projects and attending Board hearings, and will not support the 605-unit Dixon Ranch development that is of such concern to Green Valley corridor users.   

His opponent, meanwhile, has not supported local issues, and has labeled the open-space advisory vote as 'wasteful' in spite of the overwhelming voter response. She has not attended Supervisor hearings over this past tumultuous year and is unfamiliar with the many development projects plaguing residents. Constituent phone calls to her campaign office go unanswered, but her glossy mailers seem to reach us just fine, bringing the character assassination of her opponent, a longtime community volunteer, into our homes.  

We urge you to choose a representative for District 1 who has demonstrated true long-term support for residents of this community: vote for John Hidahl for Supervisor on November 8th. 

Visit their campaign website for more information about John and how you can help:

Is Green Valley Rd safe?

posted Aug 3, 2016, 2:41 PM by Green Valley Alliance

Inquiry from local attorney Sean Musgrove - this is not a solicitation for business- it is a search for information to see if the County is truly being straight when they say there is no safety problem on Green Valley Rd that they are aware of.  Letter is linked HERE. Read letter & contact Mr. Musgrove if you feel you can provide them with any info. ( / 916-965-4577)

Dixon Ranch goes to a vote of the Supervisors 3/8/16

posted Feb 17, 2016, 8:12 AM by Green Valley Alliance   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 5:39 PM ]

Green Valley Alliance friends and supporters:

The Dixon Ranch proposal goes to the Board of Supervisors for a final vote Tuesday, March 8th.  It's been almost 4 years since that first project meeting at the firehouse, and the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has now been completed. The project is still too large for the site, Green Valley Rd is still dangerous, and the final Board vote is now fast approaching, but it is NOT a done deal.

Now is an excellent time to send your opinion in writing to the Board of Supervisors.

See remainder of message sent to GVA contact list 2/12/16, in attached .pdf

update:  hearing time for this item on Tues March 8th is at 1:00pm

outcome:  the developer requested and received a continuance. Supervisors voted it to go 'off calendar' rather than a date certain, and said it will be 'noticed' (30-day?) when they are ready to return, possibly sometime in April or May

Help Reverse the TGPA/ZOU Approval

posted Feb 17, 2016, 7:57 AM by Green Valley Alliance

The following is a message shared from Rural Communities United:

The TGPA/ZOU (Targeted General Plan Amendment/Zoning Ordinance Update) approved by the Board of Supervisors Dec.15th, goes into effect March 16th. The lawsuit to overturn that approval was filed January 13th, and court-mandated settlement conferences will begin later this month.  

This is a BIG DEAL, but you would not know it from the lack of reaction in the media. It's no small wonder that the public is generally unaware of the upcoming changes.  Help us get past the media-block by sharing the attached letter with friends & neighbors via social media, and donating if you are able. Letter excerpt -

Largely unknown to the public:

·      our existing groundwater supplies are insufficient to accommodate the proposed changes. 

·      37,000 parcels will receive new zoning without notification to landowners, or adjacent landowners.

·      the changed policies reduce open space requirements, stream protections, and noise standards.

·      traffic data was misrepresented to understate the traffic impacts of the project.  

Additionally, protections requested by the Board of Forestry & Fire Protection (...and required under the 2004 General Plan..) were shrugged off as "not part of this project";  extensive agricultural zoning changes are still largely misunderstood by the property owners most impacted by them; the expansion of commercial uses into residential areas and rural regions will create unnecessary conflicts.... the list goes on, because this was no small project.

It was infinitely irresponsible for 4 of our 5 Supervisors to amend the 2004 General Plan to increase development prior to implementing its many protective mitigation measures, and then misrepresent those changes to the public. Please help us in the effort to overturn this egregious approval. 

Go to to make a tax deductible donation that will be appreciated in any amount. You will be helping to stop the TGPA/ZOU and get the required protective policies implemented before further amending the General Plan for increased development.

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