The design of the proposed Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan focuses on the creation of special amenities for public and private enjoyment that collectively create a vibrant community with a high quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
The Regional Park
A key feature of Lime Rock Valley is the set aside of 128 contiguous acres as a permanent and publicly accessible regional park. When combined with the 500 acres at the southern end of the Village of Marble Valley Specific Plan, the total park will comprise 628 acres. The combined park is nearly 2/3 the size of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or 3/4 the size of Central Park in New York City. The intent is for interested stakeholders such as the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, equestrian groups, mountain bike organizations, and charitable organizations like the El Dorado Community Foundation to form a non-profit foundation to own and manage the park for the publicís recreational needs. The regional park is indicated on the diagram below with a dashed red circle.
Village of Marble Valley (left) and Lime Rock Valley (right) - regional park
The Public Park
A central feature of the Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan is a 14.8 acre public park surrounded by open space. This park will provide a centerpiece for the residential community--a gathering place for friends and family. Proposed park amenities may include picnic areas, ball fields, and restrooms. Trails throughout the park will also connect to the greater trail system planned for the community. The public park and surrounding open space are indicated on the diagram below with a dashed red circle.
Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan - public park
Lime Rock Valley is bordered on the east by the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor, which is home to the El Dorado Trail. A comprehensive network of pedestrian trails and pathways throughout the property will connect the El Dorado Trail to the regional park, and will link with the trail system in and through the neighboring Village of Marble Valley. This trail network will allow non-motorized transportation and public recreational enjoyment throughout the community. The proposed trails are designed as a combination of paved Class I and II bike paths in developed areas and unpaved gravel or dirt trails, and are indicated on the diagram below as dashed blue lines.
Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan - trails
The El Dorado appellation is an important winegrowing region in Northern California. The proposed Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan will promote the Countyís viticulture production by incorporating grape vines into the community public landscaping. A similar wine theme is proposed for the neighboring Village of Marble Valley Specific Plan. The proposed vineyards will promote a strong sense of community between Lime Rock Valley and the Village of Marble Valley.
The Wildlife Corridors
Development often creates obstacles that prevent wildlife from moving freely between natural habitats. The Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan, however, clusters development in a way that will preserve contiguous open space and allow wildlife to continue to move freely across the site and travel between habitats to the north and south of the site. The Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan's proposed wildlife corridors are indicated on the diagram below as dashed red lines. Additionally, you will notice that green open space areas run throughout the entire site, which will allow wildlife to move freely within the Specific Plan area.
Lime Rock Valley Specific Plan - wildlife corridors