First Newsletter

February 26, 2008

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P.O. Box 47
Eureka, CA 95502
(707) 268-8773
Fax (707) 268-8773
email: HumCPR@gmail.com
website: www.humcpr.org

Dear Humboldt Coalition for Property Rights Supporter:

Thank you for allowing us to count you among our supporters. Our group is now over 1,000 strong, and still growing!!

In case anyone is not aware, we believe our numbers and united voice significantly contributed to the Board of Supervisors voting to immediately stop their headlong “Rush to Regulate” to implement the amended TPZ ordinance proposed by the Planning Department – separate from the General Plan Update process. During the meeting of December 11th, Supervisor Geist stated she had completed investigation on her own, and was convinced that PALCO’s Redwood Ranch development could never really have happened, and that the amended TPZ ordinance was being brought forward under the "Trojan Horse" of fear that the Redwood Ranch development was imminently possible without regulation or CEQA environmental review. The Board voted 4-1 (Woolley dissenting) to immediately stop their review of the TPZ ordinance amendment, and return all matters to the General Plan Update process.

However, please recognize that ALL of the issues of concern regarding the proposed TPZ ordinance recently proposed by the CDSD, must still be addressed in the General Plan Update process, over the next several months.

This delay in implementing the TPZ ordinance is significant to our organization for several reasons:

  • This allows us to avoid functioning in a constant “panic” mode, trying to keep up with the Planning Department’s attempts to immediately implement an amended TPZ ordinance that would essentially disallow any residential building permits within TPZ lands
  • There has been a public acknowledgement that Planning staff misrepresented this issue to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and general public – in order to justify the “emergency” TPZ building permit moratorium and to grossly accelerate the consideration of the amended TPZ ordinance.

As I am sure you can imagine, we are currently experiencing all of the growing pains of any new organization compounded by the pressures of responding to rapidly evolving critical issues. This has not allowed much time for organization. The temporary reprieve from the amended TPZ ordinance has allowed us to organize our Board of Directors, identify our priorities, and begin one of our most important tasks – communicating with our supporters. Our Mission Statement, as shown at the top of this page, was one of the first things to come out of our Board of Directors meetings.

We are also preparing a web site to keep our supporters aware of our progress, and the status of critical issues. We hope you will visit the website regularly to stay current on these issues (www.humcpr.org), and communicate your thoughts and support to the HumCPR Board, and your displeasures to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commissioners.

We recognize that our work is not over simply because the amended TPZ ordinance has been temporarily delayed. We anticipate that our group will continue to function for at least 2 years. In order to ensure our effectiveness, we have established office space and have hired staff to help with our organization and communication. To fund these efforts, we must continue to seek contributions from those of us that recognize the importance of these issues.

Letters written expressing your own thoughts are very useful and needed. To help you in this effort, the HumCPR web site provides sample letters and ideas to assist you in communicating critical issues to our elected officials or publications. We strongly encourage our supporters to write letters. While individually written letters are best, feel free to utilize these sample letters to communicate your thoughts and feelings on the issues about which you are most passionate. Sample letters provided on the web site cover the following issues:

  • Support of HumCPR and our commitment to preserve a rural lifestyle for the citizens of Humboldt County
  • Support of HumCPR and our commitment to protect private property rights
  • Request for investigation of the Humboldt County Planning Department regarding their misrepresentations and manipulation of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and general public regarding the recent TPZ amendment ordinance
  • Request for a 60-day performance evaluation of the Planning Department

PLEASE SEND AS MANY LETTERS AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AND/OR LOCAL PUBLICATIONS’ "LETTERS TO THE EDITOR", TO LET THEM KNOW YOU SUPPORT HumCPR, AND OUR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE RECENT ATTEMPTS TO SUBVERT THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE PROCESS.

Future Newsletters will include additional information on the following items which remain on our radar screen, and are currently moving forward under the General Plan Update process:

  • The entire General Plan Update Process, including:
Inclusionary Zoning (a part of the Housing Element) – Inclusionary Zoning is a planning concept that has been in existence for more than 30 years in some communities. Put simply, it is a subsidized housing program that would mandate that all private development (residential and commercial) contribute TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER BUILDING PERMIT TO THIS PROGRAM. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE IMPACT THESE FEES WOULD HAVE ON OUR COUNTY’S ECONOMY? Learn more about Inclusionary Zoning on our website.
  • Infrastructure Element – the element of the General Plan that describes how we are to provide basic services (roads, water, sewer, storm drain) to the anticipated growth over the next 25 years. It is interesting to note that the Planning Department has already established recommended land use throughout the county – without examining how the growth areas included in their proposed land uses will be provided basic services.
  • Impact Fees
  • Proposed Agricultural Lands General Plan Update Provisions
  • Proposed Timber Production Zone (TPZ) General Plan Update Provisions
  • Humboldt County Planning Department Actions
  • Misrepresenting Palco’s Redwood Ranch Development project to justify "emergency" TPZ Building Permit Moratorium
  • Proposing TPZ amended ordinance WITHOUT CEQA review
  • Staff implementation of provisions of the TPZ ordinance proposed, but STOPPED by the BOS on December 11, 2007
  • Inconsistent and/or unauthorized policies and procedures

And last, but certainly not least, please continue your support of HumCPR through participation in the General Plan Update process, contributions to HumCPR, and encouraging friends and neighbors who share our concerns to join our ranks.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year,
HumCPR