Central EDH Park History

December 27, 2023 - Financing Option Decided

After staff brought financing options to the Board on December 14th, the Board of Directors opted to use Reserve Funds to pay cash for the $10 million land acquisition of 55 acres of the Old Executive Golf Course.

This option will keep the District from incurring debt and the financing obligations that would follow. Staff will keep the Board and Public informed as we carefully navigate through the next 6 months and re-evaluate at a later date if financing is necessary to maintain the level of service that is expected from the Community.

The District will start the process of building the 2024-2025 fiscal year budget in January 2024. This will provide a better picture of the District’s cash flow needs and whether financing should be considered. The District will need to adopt a reimbursement resolution at the January or February Board Meeting to extend the financing option out 18 months from the purchase of the property. While this option is not the direction the Board is expecting to go, it keeps options open to allow the District to seek a Lease Revenue Bond if needed.

To read the entire Board Meeting packet, see here
 

December 5, 2023 - FAQs

Your District Board of Directors unanimously approved purchasing a major portion of the Old Executive Golf Course. So what does that mean for El Dorado Hills? Here we answer some of your FAQs:

Q: Where can I watch the Special Board Meeting?
A: Watch November's Special Board Meeting video here.

Q: Where can I read the press release?
A: Read the official press release here.

Q: Where can I watch the video announcement?
A: Watch General Manager Kevin A. Loewen's special video message here.

Q: What is the price of the land?
A: The cost for the package of items in this agreement is $10,000,000. This dollar amount will purchase fifty-five (55) acres of the Old Executive Golf Course plus the donation of eleven (11) acres abutting the Archery Range, extending towards Wilson Blvd. The agreement also includes in-perpetuity current zoning & use of the Old Executive Golf Course property. This purchase option affords an opportunity to purchase the remaining 41.5 acres at the per-acre cost of $240,000.

Q: Will the land be turned back into a functioning golf course?
A: Plans for the land have not yet been determined. However, we will be preserving the current zoning of the former Old Executive Golf Course.

Q: How long does the District have to purchase the land?
A: The District and community have eighteen (18) months from the closing of escrow on the 55-acre purchase to obtain funding/financing, which may come through private sources, public bond measures, or a combination of the two.

November 30, 2023 - EDHCSD Approves History-Making Deal to Purchase and Maintain Original Zoning of Old Executive Golf Course 

Board of Directors Unanimously Approves Deal to Preserve Historic Community Recreation Space
The El Dorado Hills Community Services District (District) Board of Directors unanimously approved purchasing a major portion of the Old Executive Golf Course, therefore preserving 55 acres of cherished parks and open space land in perpetuity.

Since 1964, the site that once occupied the Old Executive Golf Course has stood at the heart of the El Dorado Hills community. The community has grown significantly over the last 60 years, and the land has taken on many forms. This space was always intended to be a space for recreation, where the community can gather and enjoy the outdoors.

Acquisition Saves and Preserves Contested Land
As an unincorporated community, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors determines important land use decisions for El Dorado Hills. Recently, the Board of Supervisors were poised to approve a development application to build up to 1,000 units of market-rate housing on the Old Executive Golf Course site. If approved, this development would have drastically transformed this site and further limited the open space in El Dorado Hills.

Agreement Protects Open Space & Recreation
To protect this cherished open space, the District reached an agreement with the site developer to preserve the property for parks, open space, and recreation - keeping the space open for public use, as it was always meant to be.

Under the agreement, the District will purchase 55 acres of the site for $10 million, with 11 extra acres included at no additional cost. The developer will maintain ownership of the remaining 43 acres of the site. However, the District will be given 18 months to obtain funding to purchase the remaining acreage for the cost of $240,000/acre. This funding may come from future private or public sourcing.

We are Thankful for You
This would not have been possible without the strong outpouring of support from the El Dorado Hills community. Whether you have been fighting with us for months or years, community members, we thank you for your support.

  • To rewatch the recent Special Board Meeting, please see here.
  • To view our official press release, please see here.
  • To hear a personalized message from General Manager Kevin A. Loewen, please see here.
  • To learn about the history of the Old Executive Golf Course property and how we got here, please see here.

June 9, 2022 - El Dorado County Planning Commission Meeting
The El Dorado County Planning Commission met again for the continued public hearing. The Developer's Rezone Application and Development Agreement were voted down by a 5-0 vote. The Planning Commission has sent their suggestions to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for a final vote that is anticipated to happen late this summer. More information for this meeting can be found on the El Dorado County Website.

May 31, 2022 - El Dorado Hills CSD Special Board Meeting

The District's Board of Directors came together at a Special Meeting to edit and approve a [letter ] to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (with copy to the El Dorado County Planning Commission and El Dorado County Planning Department), demanding that they not approve the Developer's Rezone Application and Development Agreement. View the letter HERE.

May 19, 2022 - El Dorado Hills CSD Special Board Meeting
A 1,000-unit housing development was proposed at the Old Executive Golf Course despite current zoning and years of feedback from our community. We held a meeting on Thursday, May 19th to provide the community with more information about the historic site, and to get community feedback on how the community would like to see the property utilized. We had posters with proposed options that the community could pick from (images below) and an opportunity for public comment. There we just over 100 people in attendance in person, and 76 attended the Zoom meeting online.

April 28, 2022 - El Dorado County Planning Commission Meeting
The El Dorado County Planning Commission met and opened a public hearing regarding the future of the Old Executive Golf Course Rezone Proposal. The Commissioners heard testimony from the Developer and County Staff. Many public comments were heard. Due to the timing of newly provided information from the developer and county staff, the Planning Commissioners motioned to continue the Public Hearing until June 09, 2022 to allow for more public comment and digestion of the newly provided documents. More information for this meeting can be found on the El Dorado County Website.

Community Feedback Survey
The results of our 2022 community survey and feedback received at the meeting were sent to the El Dorado County Planning Commission. There were several concepts available for consideration. Below each image is a link to be able to view the document in PDF format for better detail.

Exec Golf Course Low Impact Open Space Trails 052022
Low Impact - Open Space & Trails Concept (click here for larger image)

Medium Impact Moderately Programmed 052022
Medium Impact - Moderately Programmed Concept (click here for larger image)

High Impact Highly Programmed Concept 052022
High Impact - Highly Programmed Concept (click here for larger image)

Illustrative Golf Course Concept 052022
Illustrative Golf Course Concept (click here for larger image)

Rezoned Residential Concept
Rezoned Residential Concept (click here for a larger image)


Environmental Impact Reports

Development Agreement Update

Documentation