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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hum. Co. Sups vote to revise GPU Guiding Principles Featured

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Update Tues., June 18, 2013- Sups. revision of Guiding Principles draw strong negative reaction

Two weeks after the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted to revise the Principles which guide the County General Plan Update (GPU), a large negative reaction built and opposition to the decision was evident once again at the GPU meeting this Mon., June 18. 2013. Opposition to the revisions were related both to their content and to the process used to adopt them, which limited public input to the same meeting in which they were adopted. As a result of the public outcry the Sups. decided to revisit the Guiding Principles and to give the public advanced notice when that would be done. More can be heard on this development using the player below.

This report was submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz and was aired on the KMUD Local News Tues., June 18, 2013

The original post of this story can be viewed below.


 

Chapter 1 of the Humboldt County General Plan Update (GPU) includes a section called Guiding Principles which are meant to: "provide a statement of community values and the overall objectives of the General Plan." On Monday, June 3, 2013, using a "straw vote", the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved a revision of those principles. The revision was drafted by Supervisors Fennell and Bohn. The vote to adopt, with two minor changes, carried by a 4 to 1 vote, with Supervisor Lovelace as the dissenting vote. The biggest changes occur in Principles #4 and #6 as shown below.

In the Fennell/Bohn revision of #4, the concept of focused development in areas already having preexisting infrastructure was omitted as was the statement, "...discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space."

Planning Commission Version
4. Ensure efficient use of water and sewer services and focus development in those areas and discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space.

Fennell/Bohn Revision
4. Cooperate with service providers in delivering efficient water and sewer services and infrastructure and support scientifically proven alternative waste management systems in areas not served by public sewer.

In the Fennell/Bohn revision of #6, the statement, "...protect agriculture and timberland over the long term" was omitted as was, "...using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development."

Planning Commission Version
6. Protect agriculture and timberland over the long term, using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development.

Fennell/Bohn Revision
6. Encourage, incentivize and support agriculture, timber and compatible uses on resource lands.

A complete comparison between the old and revised Principles can be seen below.

Use the player below to hear a report on this story submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz. This report aired on the KMUD Local News Wed., June 12, 2013.

 

Guiding Principles as they appear in the Planning Commission Approved Draft GPU:

1. Ensure that public policy is reflective of the needs of the citizenry as expressed by the citizens themselves.
2. Preserve and enhance the character of Humboldt County and the quality of life it offers.
3. Provide sufficient developable land, encourage development of affordable housing for all income levels, and prevent housing scarcity under a range of population growth scenarios.
4. Ensure efficient use of water and sewer services and focus development in those areas and discourage low-density residential conversion of resource lands and open space.
5. Support the County’s economic development strategy and work to retain and create living-wage job opportunities.
6. Protect agriculture and timberland over the long term, using measures such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development.
7. Protect natural resources, especially open space, water resources, water quality, scenic beauty, and salmonid habitat.
8. Include actionable plans for infrastructure financing and construction.
9. Adhere to a practical strategy that can be implemented.
10. Provide a clear statement of land use values and policies to provide clarity in the County’s permit processing system and simplify review of projects that are consistent with the General Plan.
11. Maximize the opportunities to educate the public about the planning process, in order to have meaningful participation in the development and maintenance of the Plan.
12. Support a broad public participation program at all levels of the decision making process; including study, workshops, hearings, and plan revisions.

 Revisions proposed by Supervisors Fennell and Bohn:
Note: the approved minor changes to these revised Principles were: replacing the word " Honor" in Principle 2 (below) with "preserve" and adding "fisheries habitat" in principle 7.

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