Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan
The Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan is a proposed master-planned community of undeveloped infill properties in the center of the El Dorado Hills Community Region, an urban limit line established in the 2004 El Dorado County General Plan defining where urban and suburban land uses are to be developed. Supported by available infrastructure, the comprehensively-designed Specific Plan accommodates the long-term growth needs of the County by establishing a concentrated, compact development pattern with regionally-balanced housing, employment, shopping and recreation uses. Encompassing 341 acres, the proposed Specific Plan underscores a mix of residential, open space, and public service land uses found throughout the western slope of El Dorado County. If approved for development, build out of the proposed Specific Plan is expected to take as much as 20 years under Parker Development Company’s joint venture entity, Serrano Associates, LLC.
Location & Planning Areas
The Central El Dorado Hills Specific Plan is north of Highway 50 along El Dorado Hills Boulevard. The proposed plan contains two planning areas.
Pedregal (102 acres): Adjacent to Ridgeview Village, west of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, north of Wilson Boulevard and south of Gillette Drive. Proposed plan: 37 individually pad-graded lots on 45 acres (< 1 DU/ac), 200 multi-family units on 13 acres (14-24 DU/ac), and 39 acres (38%) of open space. Maximum dwelling units: 237. Private gated streets or public streets.
Serrano Westside (239 acres): North and south of Serrano Parkway, and east of El Dorado Hills Boulevard at the entrance to the Serrano Community. Proposed plan: 123 small lot single-family production homes on 23 acres (5-8 DU/ac), 310 medium-density units on 37 acres (8-14 DU/ac) and 330 high-density attached units on 16 acres (14-24 DU/ac). 130 acres (54%) of natural open space. Private gated streets.
Density and Open Space Transfer
A key aspect of the proposed plan involves the transfer of land uses already designated for residential use in the El Dorado County General Plan and the 1988 El Dorado Hills Specific Plan. In order to achieve a more walkable community, the new Specific Plan seeks to transfer 135 planned dwelling units from Serrano Village D1 Lots C and D to the Serrano Westside Planning Area. This means that approximately 50 acres of planned residential uses immediately east of the El Dorado Hills Fire Station #85 and the Archery Range will be converted to permanent open space, preserving a wooded ridgeline character within El Dorado Hills.
A majority of the Pedregal Planning Area has been designated for high-density and multi-family residential use in the General Plan since the early 1980s. The Pedregal Planning Area also provides for single-family homesites that are larger than the adjoining lots in Ridgeview Village, providing a suitable transition to the existing neighborhood.