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2A Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Portola Reporter Debra Moore Staff Writer The longer Plumas County goes without a general plan, the more its planning director, Randy Wilson, worries. Failure to have an updated general plan leaves the county vulnerable to lawsuits. A worse case scenario would result in a countywide building moratorium. "No building permits can be issued," Wilson said. During the planning commission's March 21 meeting, Wilson talked about what's next in the process. The county's consultant is now responding to every comment submitted by the public. Twenty-nine individuals and entities commented on the general plan, with responses ranging from a single page to a virtual book. For example, rancher Heather Kingdon submitted a one-page comment, while Stevee Duber, representing the High Sierra Rural Alliance, submitted a 24-page letter, plus 228 pages of attachments. Commissioner Larry Williams asked Wilson when the consultant would be done responding to the comments. "I'm putting almost daily pressure on them," Wilson said. And comments are still being made. "Under CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) the comment period is closed," Wilson said. "But in the political process, comments are still being made." "Comments on the general plan can be made until it's adopted," associate planner Becky Herrin said. Once the response process is completed the planning commission must conduct public hearings on both the environmental impact report (EIR) and the general plan. "The EIR and general plan are two separate decisions," Herrin said. The planning commission holds the first public hearings and then makes a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The commissioners discussed briefly whether there would be one central public hearing or if a hearing would be conducted in each community, as well as how much time would be allotted. Then it would be up to the supervisors to set their own public hearings. General Plan 101 To help the public prepare for the upcoming he,rings, Planning Director Randy Wilson synthesized the general plan information now contained in several These binders, positioned near planning commissioner Larry Williams, contain the history of work done on the county's general plan. Planning Director Randy Wilson consolidated the hefty books into a 58-page document that he presented to the planning commission March 21. Soon, the public will be invited to attend hearings with the planning commission first and then the Board of Supervisors. Randy Wilson prepared the shortened document to better prepare those interested for the hearings. Photo by Debra Moore thick binders into one 58-page Wilson said. "This process the 58-page presentation, he April 24, 2012. packet, started long ago with lots of suggested that it be simplified "We no longer have the The document is available meetings and public input, in a single page, extension, but I will continue for the public and can be New people enter and don't In addition to being an to file a report with the state," picked up at the planning understand what went on educational tool, Wilson Wilson said. department at 555 Main St. in before." planned to use the documentNot only will a new general Quincy or accessed online at Quincy resident Tracy Ball to keep the state up-to-date plan help protect the county; follow encouraged Wilson to send a on the county's efforts, from litigation, it's important the links to general plan succinct letter to county Plumas County received a to the economy as individuals background materials in the residents to alert them of the three-year extension from look to invest locally. planning department, consequences of not having ' the state to complete its"We are in an uncertain "This is intended to be as a general plan. While that general plan, but that time without the general educational as possible," information is contained in reprieve concluded plan," Wilson said. Ium un mln Debra Moore While the operators are "My objective is to keep legislation to the planning Staff Writer responsible for declaring them healthy," Wilson said, commission, ranging from the status of their mines adding that they are very requiring electric car and submitting the proper difficult to establish, hookups for Local mine owners must documentation, the county "This is a work in some parking configurations decide if their mines are is responsible for inspecting progress," he said. to mandates for moderate- abandoned, idle or active the mines, and low-income housing in by July 1 according to There are roughly 20 Car chargers in subdivisions. Senate Bill 108, which is now mines in Plumas County, county's future? Assembly Bill 1092 in force, with the majority of them While Senate Bill 108 is in pertains to charging stations During the planning ...... producing crushed rock. force, there are a number of for electric cars. Wilson commission's March 21 ~: ~ "They are sprinkled~ bills pending in the state explained that under this meeting, senior plahi-/bt .... ~ "~i about the county, which is Legislature that would legislation, new Becky Herrin said that the important because of impactPlumas County. construction with more than new law is sparking a lot hauling costs," said Wilson described 14 four off-street parking of confusion among mine Planning Director Randy proposed pieces of spaces would require the owners, and she had Wilson. "They are important received a number of calls to regarding it. our economy; they are key Herrin is scheduled to to our ~conomy." receive training in early Herrin and Wilson will June on how to implement work with the mine owners Laura Beaton gardening, rock removal and SB 108, but that leaves little to help them remain in Staff Writer painting, cleaning inside and time to meet the July 1 compliance with state deadline, requirements. outside the buildings and barns, there is something for This Saturday more than every volunteer to do, fair 200 volunteers have signed manager John Steffanic told up to help give the the board at its March 27 fairgrounds a major spring meeting. cleaning. The U.S. Forest Service, From tree pruning and contractors, 4-H clubs, fax: 893-0124 In-Coumy Service with Out-ofiCounty Confidentiality 45 years experience installation of an electric charging station. "This would have a big impact on us if it passes," Wilson said. Also pertaining to electric cars, Assembly Bill 1158 allows local jurisdictions to designate on-street parking for electric cars only, similar to spaces reserved for handicapped drivers. Assembly Bill 1229 pertains to zoning regulations including to "the highly debated topic of inclusionary zones," Wilson said. He cited the example of a 50-lot subdivision requiring that 20 percent o]~ it be designated moderate- to low-income housing. Wilson said from his experience it is difficult and expensive to accomplish -- especially in a high-end subdivision. Wilson will follow the bills' progress and update the planning commission as necessary. More than 200 signed up for fairgrounds workday Saturday DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SSIH OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 1377 ARLINGTON RD. SP. 87 TAYLORSVILLE CA 95983 C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 school groups, service featuring supervisor Jon organizations, locksmiths Kennedy as chef; animal, art and fair aficionados from and food exhibits; and the across the county have iconic carnival will round answered the call for help. out the popular event. Volunteers will begin Special days for seniors, working at 8 a.m. and kids and pay-what-you-can continue throughout the day. will be implemented again, as A barbecue lunch will be they were last year. provided for all volunteer The fair foundation has workers, sent off its paperwork to Even if you haven't signed become a nonprofit up, Steffanic said, you can organization, director show up at the gate between 8 Thelma Olsen reported. Once and 11 a.m. and will be put to the foundation receives its work. nonprofit status, tax-deductible donations can Fair update be accepted. The group will Plans for the Plumas-Sierra raise funds to support efforts County Fair are moving right at the fairgrounds. along, Steffanic reported. For more information, Entertainment; vendors; call 283-6272 or go to bull-riding; a date night Closed Monday Stop in for all your garden & landscape needs or just stop in and say Hi. 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