Planned subdivision meets with resistance in Johnstonville
The meeting was setup and held at the Johnstonville School, by the Lassen County Community Development Department. Chief Planner Rick Simon facilitated the dialogue between the county officials and the residents, almost all of which were property owners in the Ranchos, located off of Diane Drive in Johnstonville.
The purpose of the meeting was to solicit public comment from everyone in the community who thought the subdivision, owned by Tim Ralston, of Ralston Investments, would have an impact on the local environment. The comments made would then be used in conjunction with the Environmental Impact Study that was ordered after the county’s initial study in 2005 determined that the project may have a significant effect on the environment.
Many of the residents of the Diamond Crest Ranchos made comments pertaining to the local ecology and how it would be affected with the addition of the subdivision. Concerns ranged from the dangers of increased traffic density to the strain that would be put on the Johnstonville Water System by adding so many new homes. Other residents had questions about the county’s role in the planning of the project, while others simply made it plain that they didn’t want the subdivision to be built at all. Many people left during the middle and end of the meeting, explaining they felt that their voice didn’t count for anything.
Rick Simon said throughout the night that the public scoping meeting is very important to the whole process, and is one of many steps where the public will be able to comment and communicate with those in charge of making decisions.
The residents, most of which have lived in the Ranchos for several years, explained their stance on the subdivision from a number of different angles. Luanne Fickett, Rancho homeowner and realtor with Realty World on Main Street, said the primary interest of Lassen County was to maximize their return on their investments by increasing the number of users to the community water system. She also said Ralston Investments was only interested in maximizing its investment by expanding its original plan of 20 or so lots to 60.
“Both want to maximize their return, which is what all investors try to do,” Fickett said. “But in this case. They are doing so to the detriment of the public.”
Among the biggest concerns that the Diamond Crest Rancho residents had was the traffic safety coming and going off Hwy 395, the agricultural impact on local landscape and wildlife, potential noise, and the increased drainage in the area, both onto and from the project’s site.
The residents, county and developers are gearing up for future public forums, of which the dates have yet to be determined. Before everyone left the meeting, however, the county officials gave out comment sheets so they could submit more input.
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