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 composed of rolling hills and mountains. 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.

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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.

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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.

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07/15/2024
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Candidate filing for the November 5, 2024, General Election opens on July 15, 2024 and ends August 9, 2024. If an incumbent fails to file then the filing period will be extended to August 14, 2024 for that position only.

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07/01/2024
Representatives from the El Dorado Sheriff's Office, Cal Fire, South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire, Lake Valley Fire, Fallen Leaf Lake Fire, CHP, USFS, and CERT met on June 29 to discuss evacuation planning and the county emergency alert system.

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06/27/2024
The El Dorado County Planning and Building Department-Planning Division has released a draft environmental impact report for the 280 acre senior housing development proposed to be built on Green Valley Road near El Dorado Hills.

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06/26/2024
Based on an investigation by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the El Dorado County District Attorney has declined to press charges in the shooting of a bear in a South Lake Tahoe residence on May 27.

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06/14/2024
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El Dorado County Elections department director, Bill O'Neill, issued an open letter to all voters to clarify the law regarding where a person may register to vote and the importance of adhering to Election Law.

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