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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 11A Public hearing on Almanor development postponed Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com plant and recycled-water storage ponds--to be man- aged by the Walker Ranch Community Services Dis- trict--a water supply system including wells, also to be managed by Walker Ranch CSD, and roadways and storm drainage infrastruc- ture. The development has been in the works since 2003, when Lake Almanor Associates filed an application with Plumas County. The environ- mental review process spanned March 2004 through August 2009. Zoning Administrator Randy Wilson held a public meeting Oct. 21, 2009, to an- nounce he was "certifying," or approving as adequate, the environmental impact report for the project. Bruce Thayer of Lake A1- manor and David Brayshaw of Westwood appealed that decision Oct. 30. In their appeal, the men claim the EIR does not com- ply with the California Envi- ronmental Quality Act; it does not constitute a good- faith, full-disclosure of the environmental impacts of the project; and the mitigation measures are not sufficient. They argue the EIR does not adequately address cumulative impacts and question its treatment of topics ranging from air pollu- tion to Native American sites, water quality and suffi- ciency, community services and deforestation. Thayer and Brayshaw also say county approval of the development would violate the terms of its General Plan extension from the state. While the county is updating its General Plan, the exten- sion prohibits planning deci- sions that could eliminate planning options that should be available for conside- ration during the update process. For example, Wilson ruled in June 2009 that the county could not approve a subdivi- sion in the Sierra Valley because minimum parcel size has been a recurring issue for the Sierra Valley and "there is reason to believe that parcel size (under a new General Plan) will be different than today's sizes." In its report to the Board of Supervisors, the planning staff refutes Thayer and Brayshaw's arguments as not specific enough or as having already been addressed in the CIR. Staff is recommending the board deny the appeal and affirm Wilson's certification of the CIR. Winter weather and road conditions forced postpone- ment Tuesday, Jan. 19, of a public hearing about the Lake Front at Walker Ranch project at Lake Almanor. County supervisors were set to hear an appeal of the planning department's ap- proval of the environmental review document for the development. When the developer's representative, the appellants and an envi- ronmental consultant could not make it to.the meeting in Quincy because of last week's winter storm, the board tentatively moved the hear- ing to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The developer proposes to build 1,674 residential units, 100,000 square-feet of retail and commercial space, a 150-room hotel/spa and an 18-hole golf course on a 1,397-acre site on the Lake Almanor Peninsula. The site is adjacent to Bailey Creek and Foxwood to the east and to the Lake Almanor Country Club to the south. Lake Front would also in- clude 410 acres of open space, its own wastewater treatment Veterans aid workshop scheduled Feb. 4 in Chico with the insurance or annuity industry, unlike other work- shops recently advertised," said Fassieux. "It is important for seniors to know that the decisions they make today impact them in the future." Registration deadline is Feb. 3; call 894-5429 to make a reservation. The event is free, but seating is limited. For more information about this event or other long-term care planning ques- tions, call HICAP at 898-6715. PASSAGES helps older adults and family caregivers with important services to empower them to remain con- fident in their ability to sus- tain and enjoy independent lives. For more information about PASSAGES services go to passagescenter.org. A "Veteran's Aid and Attendance Benefits: A Part of Estate and Long Term Care Planning" workshop is scheduled for Feb. 4, 3 to 5 p.m; at The Terraces, 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, in Chico. The workshop is designed to educate people about the basics of Veterans Aid and Attendance benefit, which provides income to help pay for eligible seniors' stay at assisted liv.ing facilities. ! Lake, Ahnanor LASSEN t PLUMAS COUNTY USGS 7.5 Min. Chester Quad .~..~ Township 28 N, Range 7 E, Sections 11, 12, 13, 14: Lake Aimanor The proposed Lake Front at Walker Ranch project would develop a 1,397-acre site on the Lake Almanor Peninsula adjacent to the existing Bailey Creek, Foxwood and Lake Almanor Country Club developments. Map courtesy Plumas County Planning Services Check Out Our [ PLUMASNEWS.COM ,n ad~]itiqg~articipant s great p ....t ...... ........... ......... ......... ,, play a part,,of estate and long- term care planning, and how The 2010-2011 Plumas County Visitors Guide This colorful publication, produced in partnership with the Plumas County Visitors Bureau, is the area's premiere guide to picturesque Plumas County. Over 85,000 copies are printed annually and distributed at more than 400 locations throughout the Feather River Country and outlying areas. The Plumas Visitors Bureau and local chambers of commerce mail thousands of these guides to inquiries throughout the country and distribute them at various sport and recreation shows they attend. Your Only Local Complete Guide To Feather River Country: Train Spotting Golf Hiking Winter Activities Cross Country Skiing Downhill Skiing Snowmobiling Horseback Riding Mountain Biking Road Biking Boating Fishing Hunting Plumas County History Museums Wildflowers Scenic Highways 2010-2011 Events Calendar County Data Weddings Honeymoons Dining Kids Stuff State Parks River Rafting Snowboarding Swimming Lodging and Camping National Forests Parks Wilderness Areas Wildlife Watching Bird Watching Antiques Gold Panning Fall Color Tours FREE ESTIMATES Free Advice Your local newspaper representative is looking forward to working with you! annuities have advantages and disadvantages in long- term care planning. Atten- dees will have an opportunity to share their A&A experi- ences, and get answers to their questions. Panelists include Cliff McFelter, from the Butte County Veterans Service Office; Neff Harris, a certi- fied elder law attorney and Nicole R. Plottel, attorney at law. Tatiana Fassieux, pro- gram manager of PASSAGES Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, will moderate the program; the workshop is co-sponsored by The Terraces. "This workshop is different than others because the pre- senters ha~e no connection Shelter to train volunteers on pet adoptions Plumas County Animal Services and Friends of the Plumas County Animal Shelter will offer volunteer training Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, 201 Mill Creek Rd. in Quincy. Volunteers will learn safe handling of cats and dogs, adoption procedures and obedience (on-leash) skills. Volunteer at the animal shelter are required to attend and complete this instruction. For more information, call 283-3673 or 283-1345. 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