SoHum Community Park Hearing on Land Use Designation Tomorrow in Eureka
The Planning Commission has recommended to the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors that the Park Board be allowed to make some changes. These proposed changes would allow (among other possibilities)
- Up to five events per year with between 800 and 2,500 attendees in addition to staff and vendors
- one larger event per year that could last one to two days and have up to 5,000 attendees including vendors and staff
The Public Notice for the meeting held tomorrow at 6 p.m. is as follows:
On Thursday, January 5, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, the Humboldt County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the Board of Supervisors’ Chamber, Humboldt County Courthouse, 825 Fifth Street, Eureka, California, to consider the matter listed below. It is being recommended that the Planning Commission recommend approval of the project to the Board of Supervisors. Specific questions regarding the proposed project and the Final Environmental Impact Report prepared for the project may be directed to Michael Richardson, Senior Planner, at (707) 268-3723.
Southern Humboldt Community Park; Garberville Area, Application Number 6111 (filed 5/24/2010); Case Numbers GPA-10-02, ZR-10-02, CUP-10-04, SP-10-10; Assessor Parcel Numbers 222-091-014 and 222-241-009. This project would add a Public Recreation (PR) designation to the Garberville Community Plan and change the County’s General Plan land use designation for the entire site to the Public Recreation (PR) designation. The current land use designation is a combination of Agricultural Rural with a 5- to 20-acre minimum lot size on 256 acres and Agricultural Lands with a 20-acre minimum lot size on 150 acres. The current zoning is Agriculture Exclusive on 393.6 acres and Qualified Heavy Industrial (MH-Q) on the remaining 12.1 acres. This project would add a Public Facility (PF) Zoning designation to the Zoning Ordinance and change the zoning of 87 acres from Agriculture Exclusive (AE) to Public Facilities (PF). A Qualified (Q)/Recreation (R) combining zone overlay would be added to 306.7 acres that will continue to be zoned AE to allow for recreational uses such as trails and temporary event parking in the AE areas. The discretionary entitlements being requested by the applicant include the following: General Plan amendment, Rezoning, Conditional Use Permit for Medium (up to 5 events per year with between 800 and 2,500 attendees in addition to staff and vendors) and Large Events (1 event per year, 1 to 2 days, 2,500 to 5,000 persons including vendors and staff; and a Special Permit for cottage industry (value-added farm products, food products, nursery and seed production) and one-lane bridge placement and reduced setbacks from a stream and wetland. The applicant is also seeking to preserve 54 residential development credits that could be sold in the future if and when the County establishes a Transfer of Development Rights program. The parcel is served by on-site water and sewer. The project is located in the Garberville area, on both sides of Sprowel Creek Road and Camp Kimtu Road, approximately one mile south from the intersection of US Highway 101 and Sprowel Creek Road, on the property known as Southern Humboldt Community Park located at 1144 Sprowel Creek Road.
Any person may appear and present testimony in regard to this matter at the hearing. If you challenge the nature of the proposed action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. The Planning Commission needs ONE ORIGINAL AND 14 COPIES of any materials submitted either prior to or at the meeting. The Planning Commission’s decision will become effective if an appeal is not filed within the appropriate filing period. An appeal may be filed by any aggrieved person who has testified in person or in writing on the project and must be submitted in writing with the required fees to the Planning Division of the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department before the end of the appeal period. If appealed, the decision will not become effective until the appeal is resolved. If you challenge the nature of the proposed action in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior, to the public hearing. The staff report for this project will be available on our web site http://humboldt.legistar.com on the Friday before the Planning Commission meeting.
General questions regarding the Planning Commission, the permit process, submission of materials, and other information not specific to this project may be obtained from the Planning Division of the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department, 3015 H Street, Eureka, California 95501. Telephone (707) 445-7541.