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Subdivision of Ag Preserve Land in Sierra Valley

posted Feb 6, 2009, 1:47 PM by Stevee Duber   [ updated Dec 14, 2009, 4:09 PM ]
    After hearing and reviewing testimony from the applicant and the public, the Zoning Administrator continued the February 11, 2009 hearing on the Thran Subdivision until May 21, 2009 at 10:00 am in order to give the Plumas-Sierra Ag Commissioner and Farm Advisor an opportunity to testify. Thank you to everyone who sent a letter to the Zoning Administrator voicing concern about the subdivision of land in the Sierra Valley. , If you didn't have time to send a letter before today, don't despair. The public hearing is still open through May 21, 2009. Your opinion counts.
 
    The Thran project proposes subdivision of 250 acres into three parcels of about 80 acres each. The property is located about 5 miles north of Loyalton. Its southern and eastern borders are Dotta Lane and Highway 49. For years ranchers have told the County that the General Plan policy  permitting 80 acre homesite parcels on the Sierra Valley floor would be detrimental to the overall integrity of agriculture in Sierra Valley. Now, as the County is poised to reconsider these policies in its update of the General Plan, the Zoning Administrator will be considering allowing just such a split. The subdivision is remote from existing services, surrounded by range land and enrolled in a Williamson Act Contract.
 
    Please write to the Zoning Administrator and the Board of Supervisors.  Request, that they complete the General Plan Update before entertaining requests for subdivisions or land use changes on agricultural land. Making changes now will frustrate the planning process.  A Sample letter is included below.
 
    Here are links to the documents HSRA submitted:
Feel free to use the information in your own letter. Or, use this sample letter below. It can be emailed to:
 
 
 
Randy Wilson, Zoning Administrator
555 Main Street
Quincy, CA 95971
 
date
 
Re: Thran Tentative Parcel Map
 
Dear Mr. Wilson,
 
      To date the Sierra Valley is a functioning ecosystem supporting sensitive wetlands in delicate conjunction with working ranchlands. The Sierra Valley is the headwaters of the Feather River, the largest alpine valley in North America and a well recognized migratory bird sanctuary. It contains an unusually rich flora and sensitive endemic specides. It is one of the highest elevation sites where vernal pools are found. Agricultural uses have historically sustained large areas of open space, but the Valley is under increasing pressure for development from many directions. The future of Sierra Valley is at a critical juncture. 
 
     Ranchers, ag experts and the public have all voiced overwhelming support for the protection of agricultural lands from premature development. Experts are on record saying 80 acre minimum parcel sizes are too small to sustain commercial agriculture in Sierra Valley. Sierra County which shares jurisdiction of the Valley with Plumas County determined that 640 acre minimum parcel sizes are required.
 
    Plumas County is beginning to update its General Plan. In the General Plan Update process consideration of minimum parcel sizes and other policies to protect the Valley from premature development will be addressed. Subdividing parcels now  within the Valley floor threatens to undermine a candid and credible public process. 
 
    The proposed subdivision is on land designated Farmland of Local Importance by the California Department of Conservation. It is in a Williamson Act Contract. If subdivided, undoubtedly, the only things that will be grown are McMansions and ranchettes. Please, deny approval of this project.
 
    Sincerely,
 
    Your Name

    
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Stevee Duber,
Dec 14, 2009, 4:15 PM
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Stevee Duber,
Dec 14, 2009, 4:15 PM
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Stevee Duber,
Dec 14, 2009, 4:15 PM