Cameron Park Recycling Center Could be Added to Valero Station

A Google Maps screenshot of the Cameron Park Valero station.

A Cameron Park gas station could add a recycling center, but not everyone likes the idea.

The El Dorado County Planning Commission on April 10 will consider a request to add an 8-by-10½-foot metal recycling container and an attendant to the Valero at Cameron Park and Country Club drives.

Courtesy El Dorado County.

Courtesy El Dorado County.

County staff have recommended approval of the project, but both the Cameron Park Design Review Committee and the landlord of the nearby Bel Air shopping center say it shouldn’t be allowed.

Design Review Committee Chair Dyana Anderly said the container would make it hard for vehicles to maneuver at the gas station and take up parking spaces.

“The Cameron Park Design Review Committee voted unanimously to recommend denial of the permit application for a recycling center at theValero Station on Cameron Park Drive,” Anderly wrote in an email to the planning commission.

The recycling container wouldn’t block any of the parking spaces at the gas station, and the Cameron Park Fire Department says the gas station would still have enough space for emergency vehicles to pull in and leave.

It wouldn’t be the only Cameron Park recycling center. The gas station is at the entrance to the Goldorado Shopping Center, which offers recycling behind the CVS and Bel Air.

“We are strongly opposed to having a recycling center at the Valero Fuel Station,” Scott Best, a landlord of the Goldorado Shopping Center, wrote in a letter to the planning commission. “There should be no need for an additional recycling center. Also, having a recycling center located at the entrance of the shopping center will be very unsightly.”

If the Cameron Park recycling center is approved for the Valero, it would be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. One attendant would be on duty, and the 7-foot-tall, metal recycling container would be hauled away when it’s full.

The El Dorado County Planning Commission meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on April 10 at 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville.

[Main photo caption: A Google Maps screenshot of the Cameron Park Valero station.]

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