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County of El Dorado Overview

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The history of El Dorado County dates back to the 1848 discovery of gold that led to the California Gold Rush. Taking up 1,786 square miles of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, most of the county is public land of the rolling hills and mountainous variety. According to a U.S. Census estimate, 192,843 people reside in El Dorado County, whose biggest hubs are Placerville, South Lake Tahoe, and the unincorporated but fast-growing El Dorado Hills. The region attracts visitors with wine trails, historic towns, and a flourishing arts culture, plus loads of outdoor activities including skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and whitewater rafting.

Board of Supervisors

The Board holds regular meetings three times per month on Tuesdays. Meetings can be viewed on a live stream, and videos of past meetings are archived online.

Planning Commission

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission reviews and acts on matters related to growth, housing needs, rezoning, permits, subdivisions and environmental protection. Meetings are open to the public.

California Local Pin Marker Recent Articles

Image caption: Salt is a key ingredient to maintaining safe roads in snowy climes.
Putting Tahoe on a Low-Salt Diet

Comstock’s reporter Jennifer Junghans learns about some innovative solutions to the problem of ice on winter roads.

Image caption: The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, seen via satellite photo.
Climate Change Fuels ‘Explosive’ Caldor Fire

A combination of factors all related to climate change are fueling the ‘unprecedented’ growth of the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County.

California Local Pin Marker Local Government Digest

Committee Appointed to El Dorado County Charter

Five new members have been appointed to the El Dorado County Charter Review Committee, selected by the Board of Supervisors to represent the county’s five districts. Talking points included looking to add a third term for supervisors, increasing the supervisor count from five to seven, and staggering election cycles.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Tahoe Daily Tribune report
Housing Vouchers to Be Distributed Throughout County

El Dorado County Public Housing Authority will distribute 70 emergency housing vouchers via the Front Door. Those eligible for the vouchers include both individuals and families who are homeless, have fled domestic violence, and other unstable/dangerous situations.

(June 14, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
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