Since the Board of Supervisorís final direction
on the Draft Butte County General Plan 2030 on
January 21, 2010, Development Services had
received numerous emails commenting on the
Boardís decision to change a land use
designation in Butte Creek Canyon for several
parcels at the request of Jim Mann of Rural
Specifically, at the special Board meeting held
on January 19, 2010 devoted to General Plan
2030, Mr. Mann requested an alternative General
Plan land use designation for three parcels
located near Centerville Road, approximately two
miles northeast of Honey Run Road. As stated in
his letter, Mr. Mann was acting on the behalf of
the Dan Allen family. Mr. Mann objected to the
Agriculture General Plan 2030 designation, which
requires a minimum parcel size of 20-acres, and
asked that General Plan 2030 recognize current
land use on the property. In addition, Mr. Mann
stated concerns over the designated deer herd
overlay, which also requires a 20-acre minimum
At the January 21, 2010 meeting, the Board
directed staff to designate these properties as
Foothill Residential under General Plan 2030.
The Foothill Residential designation is
prevalent in the residential areas of the Butte
Creek Canyon area. The Board also instructed
staff to designate other properties in the
general vicinity as Foothill Residential.
It is important to note that the Board only
acted to change the General Plan designation and
did not make a decision concerning zoning.
Since the Deer Herd Overlay for this area is
designated Winter Range, a 20-acre minimum
parcel size would still be recommended by staff
for future zoning implementation. In other
words, the zoned density of the site would not
change from the current 20-acre minimum. A
reduction below 20-acres would require a
reduction or removal of the Deer Herd Overlay.
However, the Board did not change the Deer Herd
Overlay for this site.
The comment emails that staff has received
concerning the decision for this area object to
the new designation, citing concerns over land
use impacts to neighbors and circulation.
Several of the emails requested that the Board
reconsider this decision, citing negative
impacts to Butte Creek Canyon residents and lack
of public input from area residents.
On February 23, 2010 Development Services staff
brought this to the attention of the Board of
Supervisors during an update on the General Plan
2030 process. Upon considering this
information, the Board instructed staff to set a
meeting for April 13, 2010 to provide an
opportunity for the public to express their
concerns and comments about this decision.