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Posted by: thepinetree on 02/01/2019 09:12 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 02/01/2019 09:12 AM
Expires: 01/01/2024 12:00 AM
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CSERC To Wage Legal Battle Over Tuolumne County General Plan

Twain Harte, CA....The following is CSERC's release on their plans..."What A General Plan is the basis for all planning decisions that are made in a county. One that minimizes protection for agriculture, open space, and oak woodlands can lead over time to significant losses of those important values. That is the case with the Tuolumne County General Plan that has just been revised. For years CSERC staff and other concerned citizen activists attended one-sided county committee meetings - where Tuolumne County supervisors joined with developers and pro-use business interests to discuss ways to weaken environmental regulations and to produce a revised, pro-development General Plan for the County.





A first version of a revised General Plan was released years ago for public review, but after concerned citizens and CSERC provided negative comments, county planning and legal staff pulled it back due to legal flaws.

Then last fall, county residents were given only 45 days to attempt to review more than 700 pages of complex planning text in a new version of the General Plan and its associated, extremely lengthy Environmental Impact Report. The hearing was held just three days before Christmas. The majority of those who spoke at that hearing called for a delay in the planning process in order to allow citizens more time to review the Plan. But the Planning Commission ignored those public concerns and unanimously endorsed the General Plan for final approval by the Board of Supervisors.

That final approval came on January 3rd when County supervisors insisted on holding a final vote in order to give two outgoing supervisors their chance to join in approving the Plan. Outgoing supervisor Evan Royce made the motion to approve the Plan, and outgoing supervisor Randy Hanvelt seconded the motion. All five supervisors not only voted to approve the highly-biased, pro-development General Plan revision, but they also dismissed public concerns that had been raised by citizens at the two hearings.

If allowed to go unchallenged, the new Plan will result in thousands of acres of agricultural land being designated for residential and commercial development. New incentives will speed up development approvals, and not a single mandated mitigation measure is currently required by the new Plan for GHG emissions that contribute toward climate change. General Plan policies that up to this time have required “no net loss” of Valley Oaks or old growth oaks and other rare habitats are now eliminated in the new Plan.

The new Plan also encourages the approval of new development in rural areas that do not have any public water or sewer (under Special Commercial designation). Previous policies to protect the environment have almost all been severely weakened by wording such as “encourage,” “consider,” or “support” instead of having General Plan policies with clear, effective wording that actually “requires” protection.

During breaks at the final General Plan hearing, County supervisors openly talked and laughed with representatives of the building industry and with development promoters – those who will benefit the most from this anti-environmental new Plan.

Three supervisors each admitted in their discussions that “the Plan isn’t perfect…” But instead of proposing changes to correct the flaws, they shrugged off its defects and simply approved it as is. Accordingly, if this this new General Plan moves forward as legal policy for the County, it will set planning direction for at least the next 20 years."



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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-02-01 09:16:13   By: Anonymous
 
Pinetree why would you post this??? CSERC and Buckley have done more than any one single entity to damage our local economies, promote forest overcrowding and hurt our communities.

They use feel good messaging to get donations from the Bay Area and LA to fund legal battles that hurt all of us.

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    Posted on: 2019-02-01 09:23:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Yep, they haven't just damaged Tuolumne either. They killed Bear Valley an environmental development and don't even get me started on the damage they did to Copperopolis.

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      Posted on: 2019-02-01 13:21:57   By: Anonymous
       
      Hey, its Copper. How much more damage could they have done. The place is a dump before, now, and in the future. Just a place for valley trash to move to, and say they live in the country.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-02-01 09:31:49   By: Anonymous
 
The corrupt County leaders getting paid off at the expense of the safety and well-being of the public at large. Just another Butte County, town of Paradise in the making. Sprawling housing tracts into the forest and countryside will be another tragedy in the future. Defined and cleared borders around our communities and towns should be the priority. Each passing year increases the wildfire danger and not enough is being done to protect towns and communities.

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    Posted on: 2019-02-01 10:10:39   By: Anonymous
     
    BS, We can manage our forests and our communities. If the "intelectual" idiots such as CSERC just get out of the way and let good hard working people manage and run our communities.

    Organizations like CSERC promoted policies that directly led to the Rim Fire and yes even the deaths from the Camp Fire.

    History will prove that their actions based on red herring such as the spotted owl scam actually created conditions that have destroyed lives and communities.

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      Posted on: 2019-02-01 10:13:50   By: Anonymous
       
      How about they solve the environmental mess that is the drug & humane waste filled San Francisco before they use the Bay Area "Green" money to destroy our towns and economies.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2019-02-01 13:18:14   By: Anonymous
         
        San Francisco now has more drug addicts than high school students. Its a fact.

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      Re: You are an idiot
      Posted on: 2019-02-01 14:25:04   By: Anonymous
       
      '' We can manage our forests and our communities.''?
      Just wondering, have you even gone outside in the last 10 years?
      Why don't you take a drive in Sonora. Start on Washington street and go down Stockton street to the hwy. Take a look both ways on Stockton st. where the homeless people have been staying. I will bet you $1,000 that there is well over one ton of garbage from these homeless people scattered on just one side of the street. All of this is the lovely city of Sonora. This is in the community of Sonora, in the city limits and it's absolutely disgusting, trash is everywhere, feces, and nothing is done. And you say We can manage our forests and our communities. If that's what you call managing your community, I'd hate to see the place where you live Mr PIGSTY.

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Hell yeah.
Posted on: 2019-02-01 10:23:04   By: Anonymous
 
Screw cserc. I hate trees and love traffic. Let’s push this general plan on through baby!

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    Re: Hell yeah.
    Posted on: 2019-02-01 10:53:13   By: Anonymous
     
    loving trees lead to them all burning

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    Re: Hell yeah.
    Posted on: 2019-02-01 11:19:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Go for the win!

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HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Posted on: 2019-02-01 10:55:41   By: Anonymous
 
HAHAHAHAHA!!!LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!!HAHAHAHAHA!!!

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    Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Posted on: 2019-02-01 13:18:59   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHA man. Are you really Mattley Trent?

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    Re: HAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Posted on: 2019-02-03 05:30:37   By: Anonymous
     
    Screaming Racism or Anti Semitism are the Tools of the Intellectually Weak who cannot hold a Intelligent Discussion on any Topic that comes before Them. Truth is Poison to the Weak like Salt is to the Slug.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-02-01 17:32:55   By: Anonymous
 
Shut up and sit down CSERC, your a bunch of commies!

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