Water use conditions are part of a General Plan Update Amendment approved on June 9, 2013 by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. The amendment involved zoning changes on portions of the Etter Ranch near the intersection of Wilder Ridge and Mattole Road. The re-zoning will allow portions of the ranch to accommodate residential and commercial uses which were previously restricted by the Agricultural-exclusive designation. The re-zone will facilitate a proposed project to restore the Honeydew Town Center atmosphere that existed before fires, floods and earthquakes led to its collapse.
In order to insure that the revitalization project will not create additional strain on water resources, several conditions accompanied approval including possible additional on-site water storage, bans on diversions during low-flow periods, and monitoring of the project development by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
More information can be found by using the audio player below to hear a piece submitted by KMUD News Correspondent Daniel Mintz. This story was aired by KMUD News Anchor, Eileen Russell, on Wed., July 10, 2013.