Golden West Community Service District

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the GWCSD’s Responsibility?

The GWCSD is responsible for the maintenance of the County owned roads and associated drainage (culverts and ditches) within the district. Roads not owned by the County may not be maintained by the GWCSD (District maintained roads).

How many road miles does the GWCSD maintain?

About 8 miles including the encroachments.

How many parcels are in the GWCSD?


Why can’t the GWCSD work on the “side roads”?

The California Constitution (Article 16, Section 6) prohibits the gift of any public money to private individuals. The side roads are established by easements across privately owned property. Because the District is funded by public funds (taxes), any expenditure on those privately owned side roads would be considered a gift of public funds and therefore illegal.

Does my property line extend to the center line of the road?

Not if you live on one of the District maintained roads dedicated to the County by the original developer. Crystal Blvd. for example is on a 60 foot wide strip of land owned by El Dorado County. The surfaced road on that strip of land is maintained by the District, a condition of the dedication. In addition there is a 20 foot utility easement on each side of the road.

If you live on one of the easement (side) roads you may own part or all of the road. Check your parcel map.

Is GWCSD a Homeowners Association?

No. The original development, Golden West Paradise Property Owners Association (GWPPOA) functioned in the same manner as a homeowners association by collecting dues and having the authority to enforce CC&Rs. The Golden West Community Service District (GWCSD) was formed for the sole purpose of maintaining and improving the District roads. GWCSD funding is via a tax collected by the County on your property tax bill and is currently $120 per year.

Does GWCSD have CC&Rs?

No. The original Property Owners Association did have CC&Rs. Although they were never rescinded, the authority to enforce them was not transferred to the GWCSD when it was formed.

What is with the gravel on Crystal Blvd.?

A section of Crystal Blvd. was recently “chip sealed”. Chip sealing is a process whereby a light layer of asphalt tar is applied to the roadway surface followed by spreading a layer of fine gravel or “chips” over the asphalt tar. This new surface is then compacted with rubber tired compactors to fully embed the chips into the tar. This process seals the roadway and provides a new wear surface. In order to be sure that the asphalt tar is fully covered excess chips are applied. These excess chips will be swept off the roadway before re-striping. In the meantime you can avoid damage to your and others cars paint by observing the 25 mph speed limit signs posted in the chip sealed areas.

Additional road work using this process is planned for Crystal Blvd. this summer and next year. (Posted August 8, 2017)

Who is responsible for speed limit enforcement in the GWCSD?

Typically the CHP is responsible for enforcement of the Vehicle Code on County roads and in years past they had agreed to do so. However, more recently they have declined to do so because the District roads are not maintained by the County. Nonetheless serious violations should be reported to either the CHP or Sheriff’s office. In particular, violations related to school bus operations will be taken seriously.

The GWCSD has no authority or capability to enforce the speed limits.