Big GPU hearing at the BOS Tuesday
All the clamor about whether the Humboldt County General Plan Update (GPU) should be stopped/halted/paused/forced-to-take-a-powder will come to a head Tuesday afternoon at the Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting.
Developer groups and Realtors — who dominate every hearing on the GPU — and their allies in some city governments, service districts and the Chambers of Commerce have lobbied the BOS to stop the plan update process and form Citizen Advisory Committees because, they say, public input is lacking.
Not everyone agrees, however.
Humboldt Watershed Council president Bill Thorington notes a similarity in the letters to the BOS by the various groups, and it appears “they used a similar template, as suggested by HumCPR and the Humboldt Builders Exchange.”
More from Thorington:
Most of those calling for a “pause” have been following the GPU for years, have been involved, doing their research and making their comments just like us. As the process draws to a close they don’t like the way it’s turning out so they want to change the rules and have “do-over.” That is insane and just childish. In addition to trying to stop the GPU, they want to eliminate the Water Resource and the Energy elements. I guess they think the Salmon, our rivers and watersheds are in great shape, or maybe they acknowledge they are so far gone, we can’t help them, so let’s pretend they doesn’t exist and ignore them. Only a profiteer would consider such an action.
Staff says the County has “maximized public education opportunities,” but will recommend a Public Outreach Program in response to the letters, such as these missives by big box enthusiast
Rob Arkley Kay Backer.
Read the staff report.
The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 Tuesday afternoon in the BOS chambers. Both sides are calling for supporters to turn out.