Approximate number of undeveloped acres zoned “Rural Residential” in Humboldt County. The area includes 2,500-3,500 possible home sites according to Humboldt County Community Development Services.
Planning commissioners debated at Thursday’s meeting whether to characterize the land as an “adequate supply” vs. defining a goal of “orderly development.” Some thought the word “adequate” had a negative connotation.
Chairman Jeff Smith asked whether the Commission intended to “embrace” the rural lifestyle or “attack” it.
But Commissioner Ralph Faust said the county was not rejecting a lifestyle. “There are more opportunites now [to build on large lots] than people willing to do it,” he said. ”We need to balance between that lifestyle and the social and environmental impacts.” Faust added that there’s no basis to stop applications for permits on those lots.
“From planner’s perspective, we look at demand,” said Community Development director Kirk Girard. “We think there’s enough inventory for this particular land use.”
The meeting was continued to November 12.