Although i don't usually engage in discussion with people with names like Anon or Indeed, i must say that the issue of a grading violation was in regard to a forest fire on my neighbor's property, and was politically motivated punishment by the Planning Dept. The creation of the fire line and keeping the fire to 8 acres in steep terrain was heroic and accomplished by my Dad...This is the same kind of bs I've been getting from the Planning Dept, uh, is that where you work?.
Here are my questions:
How is it that Danco gets building permits in Willow Creek when there's been a building moratorium in Willow Creek for years because the septic leach fields are saturating the area above the community wells. The moratorium does not affect Danco. They put in their multi-unit development a scant few hundred yards above the community wells. They did a lot line adjustment with Tyler Holmes, the neighbor who works at Planning and serves on the WCCSD. Marc Rowley, former WCCSD manager buys the property from the Mormon Church next door to what is then announced to be the new Community Park, made possible after years of secret planning. His development of Coho Cottages also sails through Planning despite the building moratorium. Just to complete the circle, the WCCSD grants Brizard Company a gift of a right of way across the newly acquired park in return for the lease 99 year lease of a “lot” in the middle of the creek. I had a few questions.
I've watched the Planning Department budget mushroom from $3.7 million in 2004 to $26 million in 2011. I've asked for a breakdown in the $21 million in Other Charges in the Planning Department budget. I was not worthy of an answer.
I've called no names. I bear no hatred. I am not a developer; i am a treeplanter. I take exception to a politicized planning process used to punish political opponents.
I was quoted in the article charging the Planning Department with an abuse of authority. My experience stems from this set of facts. In our town of Willow Creek, Planning Department has gone two miles up a dirt road to cite me for a nuisance for a 16 X 20 shed, timbers carved with a chain saw. They are scouring my property for “violations”. They want me to do engineering reports on rock quarries first dug in the 1950's and always used lawfully to rock and maintain logging roads on our own property; rock was never for sale.
In the great Blowdown of 1995, thousands of trees were broken off or uprooted on our properties as well as across the National Forest and throughout the wilderness areas. A decision was made not to clean up the woody debris in the wilderness, but allow nature to take her course. Nature, however, works over the ages and her first response to the blowdown was the massive Megram Fire in 1999 that burned catastrophically over more than 200,000 acres of wilderness around us. We, on the other hand, private forestland owners, did clean up blowdown, maintain the roads and reforested the affected areas with redwoods, cedar and fir. We constructed defensible firelines along ridgetops and along forest roads we planted sequoia there to someday slow fire. In the New Year's Eve storm of 2005, winds in excess of 100 mph again struck our mountains, Again we lost hundreds of trees. Two large old growth fir toppled across Highway 299 and Caltrans implemented a $5.5 million experimental naildown project. They pounded 1,200 eighty foot long steel rods into the face of the ridge on the highway below our property. They hydraulic hammered all summer long. Four months after they finished their experiment, a 5.2 earthquake was epicentered within the project area. At the end of the following summer, a fire started by a homeless encampment burned 8 acres on property adjacent. Water trucks could not be utilized because the Caltrans experiment had pinched the old logging road and the trucks could no longer make the turn. We fought the fire with water tanks in the back of pick-ups and a cat. The fire did not enter the National Forest or burn outside the one property. Humboldt County Planning has decided that every activity that has ever taken place on the property now needs a permit. But when I study the Code I find it isn't so. I'm being harassed with administrative penalties and ridiculous requests for expensive studies to punish me for asking a few questions no one wants to answer.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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