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Plumas County General Plan Information

    The Plumas County General Plan adopted in 1982 is by far the oldest County General Plan in the Sierra Nevada Range. The next oldest is Mono County with a plan from 1993. The recent request for proposals and qualifications for a firm to update the Plan is hopeful. In the summer of 2008 there were a lot of General Plan shenanigans in Plumas County.
 
     Rather than presenting the technical review of the Plan for which consultants, Pacific Municipal Consultants (PMC) were hired, the company presented a proposal for a General Plan update which would go beyond the completed "technical update". The "technical update", completed and paid for with tax payer dollars was not available to the public. After repeated requests for documents under the state sunshine laws, HSRA was able to obtain these documents (see below).
 
    We can only deduce that PMC's attempts at evaluating the General Plan led them to a conclusion which they and the Board of Supervisors were loath to commit to paper. Namely, that the current Plumas County General Plan is inadequate and inconsistent. A conclusion which could invalidate any land use entitlements the Board might confer. To sidestep the issue the Board was considering giving a $600,000 contract to PMC without going out to bid.
 
    By bringing this caper to light the County was forced to reconsider its direction and put the contract for the General Plan Update out to bid. The deadline for the request for proposals and qualifications was December 19, 2008. The proposals are to be reviewed by a committee and the Board will select the contractor. HSRA will closely monitor the process to assure transparency. Check back for updates or subscribe to have the updates emailed to you.
 
Want to know more? Read HSRA's June 2008 newsletter . Want to know even more? Check out the attachments below.