Creekside Village is a proposed new home community in El Dorado Hills on property south of Highway 50 that recently was de-annexed from the El Dorado Hills Business Park. The community will include a wide variety of traditional home types, and emphasize walkability and pedestrian connectivity. Abundant parks, trails and open spaces designed to highlight and enhance the area’s natural setting will appeal to residents of Creekside Village and existing area neighborhoods.
Creekside Village will include multiple single-family home choices to create community variety and appeal to a wide range of home buyers: young families, current residents who want to downsize, and employees of local businesses. All of the homes will be designed to fit the character of El Dorado Hills and provide what today’s buyers expect: high quality, energy efficiency, state-of-the art technological features, and minimal maintenance.
Parks, Open Space & Trails
Walking paths and trails are the top amenity desired by new home buyers in the Sacramento region. Creekside Village will be linked with a system of complete streets, class I bike paths, sidewalks and pedestrian trails to encourage walking and bike riding. Trails will be designed to connect with parks, opens space and regional trails. The project also will feature smaller active and passive parks with enhanced pedestrian corridors to enable easy access to neighborhood amenities.
El Dorado Hills CSD Community Park
The El Dorado Hills Community Services District on February 23, 2021, announced its intent to develop a new community park expected to be in excess of 50 acres on property being acquired from Winn Communities. Approximately half of that property had been included in the northern area of the Creekside Village Specific Plan being proposed by Winn, which will retain responsibility for securing required County approvals and agency permits for the residential community and park. The District is in the process of a Master Plan update, which will help determine specific programming and facilities at the park. Amenities could include ball fields, an aquatic center and other recreational facilities. The park design, planning, and approval process is expected to take several months. Click here for more information.
Creekside Village Plan
The updated Creekside Village land use plan reflects the proposed El Dorado Hills Community Services District community park at the northern end of the site. This plan includes approximately 800 single-family homes on approximately 180 acres south of the community park.
Home-buying options in El Dorado Hills for young families, current residents wanting to downsize and employees of local businesses are very limited. Creekside Village is designed to help fill that need with traditionally designed homes that meet or exceed the community's high standards.
A severe lack of new home choices harms the ability of current and future El Dorado Hills employers to attract and retain employees, and hampers related efforts to diversify and strengthen the area’s economy. El Dorado Hills Business Park owners and tenants indicate that the inability of employees to find homes that they can afford closer to work is a major challenge. Creekside Village helps solve these problems while also helping to generate customers for the Business Park, Town Center, Montano Shopping Plaza and other area businesses.
Creekside Village will enable more local employees to live closer to work, and provide pedestrian and bicycle access to destinations inside and outside of the new community. Initial analysis confirms that Creekside Village will produce significantly less traffic than what would have been generated from previously planned Business Park uses and that is allowed under the El Dorado County General Plan. It also will not create level-of-service deficiencies on Highway 50. Because Creekside Village residents will use existing streets and roads in a counter-commute direction during peak hours, the project does not trigger the need for additional capital improvements within 10 years while generating Transportation Impact Mitigation fee revenue that can be used to address other area needs.
El Dorado Hills Business Park De-Annexation
The El Dorado Hills Business Park was established in the 1980s with a vision to become a large hub for business in El Dorado County. Since then, however, only 302 acres of the original 832-acre Business Park have been developed. Recognizing the oversupply of land and high vacancy rates, the Business Park Owners Association initiated a strategic planning process to develop an updated long-term Business Park vision. Following and in response to this work, Winn Communities in 2017 proposed de-annexation of 208 acres from the southern end of the Business Park with the goals of rightsizing the park and enhancing value for remaining properties. The de-annexation was approved in April 2018 by the El Dorado Hills Business Park Owners Association through an election in which 78% of the owners voted and 92% of the votes cast were in favor. A key owner consideration was Winn Communities’ proposed development of a residential community on the de-annexed property that would provide an opportunity for their employees to live near where they work.
Implementation Process & Schedule
Winn Communities has submitted the Creekside Village Specific Plan application to El Dorado County. Environmental review is currently underway and public hearings with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors are anticipated later in 2021.