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.
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.
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.
El Dorado County is making a change to its Traffic Impact Fee program by switching how it adjusts the fees for inflation. The program funds projects such as road improvements to accommodate future growth.(Nov. 25, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report
Members of the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Community Coalition collected signatures in opposition to housing developments proposed for the Diamond Springs-El Dorado area, which they say would add to traffic congestion and fire evacuation concerns.(Nov. 18, 2022) → Read the full Mountain Democrat report