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Court Orders Feather River Inn Project Approval Set Aside

posted Feb 2, 2011, 10:09 AM by Stevee Duber

Project Description Misleads Public

 

On January 14, 2011, the Plumas County Superior Court ordered Plumas County to set aside its certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the Feather River Inn and its approval of the Planned Development Permit for the project. In a case brought against the County and the developer the Schomac Group by the High Sierra Rural Alliance, the Court found the description of the project in the EIR misled the public into believing the proposed condominium construction would be outside of the 100-year flood plain of Bonta Creek.  Instead, as the Court noted, the developer planned to build approximately 66 condominium units within the existing floodplain of Bonta Creek, an area noted for its wildlife habitat, but the EIR and other planning documents failed to disclose this fact, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

 

The Court stated, “The inaccurate and incomplete location information precludes informed decision-making and informed public participation in the consideration of the issues raised by the proposed construction. Lacking an understanding that the proposed construction is presently located in a 100-year flood plain, the County decision-makers and public participants like the Alliance are not able to meaningfully consider approval of a project that may be inconsistent with General Plan policies prohibiting new development in a primary flood hazard area like an SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area) identified by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).”

 

“HSRA supports having the Feather River Inn up and running as a resort asset for the County. However, the Schomac Group, assisted by the County, has been flouting CEQA regulations and applicable land use law in attempting to shoehorn a large development into a site where it doesn’t fit,” said Stevee Duber, project manager of the HSRA. “On the 114 acre Feather River Inn site I’m sure a creative design exists which can accommodate the developers economic needs while respecting the most sensitive environmental area -- Bonta Creek -- on the parcel.

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Stevee Duber,
Feb 2, 2011, 10:17 AM
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