Commission recommends approval of map
Public comment was mostly negative at the Wednesday, Sept. 6 commission public hearing, with objections based on water quality issues, traffic and lack of consultation with Native Americans.
After county planners explained the process in response to complaints of unanswered questions, the three commissioners present for the meeting recommended the Board of Supervisors approve the map. It divides roughly 7,000 acres into 13 parcels ranging in size from 40 to 2,995 acres, located south of Clear Creek, southwest of Westwood and ranging from the west shore of Mountain Meadows Reservoir to the top of Dyer Mountain.
The commission also recommended the board set standards in a future development agreement for road designs, utilities, drainage, mitigation measures and other specific construction and maintenance details.
As a condition of approval the commission recommended placing a note on the final parcel map labeling 11 lots ineligible for construction of any structures until the parcels meet county subdivision standards for road access and utilities.
Dyer Mountain Associates CEO Doug Clyde told the commission the map does not describe any specific phase of development. Clyde added future subdivision maps will be reviewed subject to the California Environmental Quality Act.
“What (the parcel map) does speak to is the cumulative, or sum, of the impact of the entire project,” he said. “Subsequent to the approval of what is in front of you, which is our large lot parcelization plat and the EIR, we will then come back with project specific portions in individual subdivision maps that will then again be subject to CEQA review at a project-specific level.”
He said the main purpose of the map was to divide the project into large lots that would make it easier for DMA to seek financing of each phase of development.
For the Full Story, see the Sept. 12 Lassen County Times or the Sept. 13 Westwood PinePress.
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