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r River B~er River Bulletin City News Wednesday, April 4, 2001 7A Temt Nacar t01a Editor ?ortola now has a vision of the city will look like in future, where parks will be ted, where the commercial 'tricts will be, and density ,fl location of residential more than two years of the Portola City Council )roved the environmental for the general plan and the new Portola Gen- Plan during its meeting March 28. Wade, who was hired city to prepare the docu- called it an aggressive ;Ument with radical rages. said Portola had not much growth in the past 40 years, with things re- pretty much the same year to year. ince beginning this ss, many new things have Y started happening and is a good chance that ~t tola will see a dramatic ,w,'th in the next few years," 6aid. was referring to the 'tola 192 development, on A-15, Sierra High- lands or Spirit Mountain, which is planned for the burn ita this site below Beckwourth Peak, uer nnlng and others, which are waiting for the general plan to be ap- many new proved. Several residents attended things have already started the public hearing to voice their concerns on specific see- happening and there is agood tions of the general plan. that Portela will see a Realtor Ken Knox was con- cerned with the city's sphere of influence designation, believ- dramatic growth in the next ing it would lower land values, few years." Wade explained that the city was required by the Local Agency Formation Commis- David Wade sion (LAFCO) to designate a Planning Consultant sphere of influence and that Portola's was not much larger than the existing city limits, over the rezoning of an area located on the downward slope north of the alley behind Dol- at the base of Beckwourth Portola also has designated a lard's and east of First Street. Peak. sphere of influence which The general plan designatedPaul Melicker, a resident on reaches from Grizzly Road to Delleker. that the area be changed from Sixth Ave., said he could not residential to commercial, see how it would be possible to The sphere of influence is After hearing the concerns use natural landscaping to designated because whatever of residents in that area, the screen out 12 units per acre on happens in those areas would have an impact on the city; it council agreed it was in the that steep of a slope. informs LAFCO and other city's best interest to change "That number is two times agencies that Portola needs to that designation to commercial as many people per acre as be kept aware of development mixed use, allowing both resi- what we already have on the plans in those areas so it might dential and commercial, adjoining properties," he said. plan adequately for those im- Several residents voiced Melicker said he is for the pacts, there disapproval of the high development, feeling it's a density designation for an area good thing for the city', but that There were also concerns the designation should be re- opers of Spirit Mountain, said duced to medium density, six there is a lot of cooperation be- units per acre, and that there tween the developers and the should be more than a 50 foot city, transition area between the "They heard the public corn- new development and existing ments made during the first homes, public hearing and have as- Several other residents ex- sured us they are taking these pressed the same concern as comments into consideration," Melicker; they were fearful hesaid. that a block of two-story apart- Powers said the developers are ments or homes would block aware of the vital concerns of their view of Beckwourth Peak residents, and stressed that the and that the feeling of a small council will be relentless in rural mountain community getting it their way. would be lost. Councilman John Larrieu, Mayor Bill Adamson told who is also a member of the ne- residents there will be plenty gotiating team, said the devel- of time to address the concerns opment is still only in the plan- specifically related to the Spir- ning stages and negotiations it Mountain development, have consistently been a coop- "Nothing has come before erativeeffort. the council concerning the fi- Just before the council took nal plans and when the maps its vote on the general plan, are presented for approval Wade explained that the gener- there will be public hearings al plan denotes how the land and the concerns of the public will be used, but does not will be incorporated," he said. specifically set the number and He assured those present style of units to be built in any that the council had control given development. over what the area will look With Kennedy abstaining, like and what density will be the other four council mem- allowed, bers voted to approve the envi- Councilman Bill Powers, ronmental document and who is part of the negotiating adopt the general plan. team working with the devel- I I I ins 2000. March 7, to discuss the annexa- the city received $146,056 in That fee is currently $1,050 City staff issued a letter to tion process and associatedproperty tax revenue, based on plus a'ctual costs. ['he Portola City Council is all property OWners adjacent to costs. $70,027,114 assessed value.Downs said staff have esti- annexing easy for city boundaries, inquiring if Those property owners pre- Therefore, the city receives mated that the city's actual people who live outside the property owners wanted sent at the meeting said that, approximately .21 percent of cost for preparing documents litnits, but currently information regarding the although they would be in fa- the assessed value of property, associated with annexation (of city water and sewer process of and costs associated vor of annexation, they did not It is estimated that the city approximately 10 parcels) will with annexation, desire to pay the associated will receive approximately be $4,850, including the $1,050 COuncil approved allow- The letters were mailed be-costs. $210 additional revenue perfee. those residents to annex cause the costs of annexation Murphy said they felt that year for a home valued at The LocalAgency Formation 'Vices, With the city picking are the same for one parcel or the benefit of annexation to the $100,000, that is annexed to the Commission (LAFCO), and the theeostofannexation, twenty parcels and the costs city in increased property tax city. California State Board of t also approved allowing can be split among all property revenue outweighed the bene- The city in turn will be re- Equalization, fees must be paid ers, who are contiguous to owners to lower the cost for fit to the individual property quired to provide increasedeither by the applicant or the city limits, to annex at a re-each individual, owner, services to the newly anneked city. ,ed cost; however, they There were six individual Murphy said each property properties, which include Applicants or the city may ald still be responsible for property owners (including the owner pays property tax in the snow removal, water and sew- also be required to provide cost of extending sewer original two requests received amount of 1 percent of the as- er service and garbage collec- payment for professional ser- ---'1water lines to their proper- in 2000,) and representatives of sessed value of their home.tion. vices, including the prepara- Portola Heights DevelopmentThis amount is distributed Karen Downs, planning and tion of a legal description and ..... ity Administrator Jim company who responded to the between the county or city,redevelopment manager for legal fees. told the council that letter, indicating their interest school district, and other spe- the city, said the city" has the David Wade, planning con- city had received two/'e- in annexation, cialdistricts, discretion to reduce its annex- sultant to the city, told the sts to annex property dur- City staff held a meeting During the last fiscal year, ation fee. council if they were going to aggressively promote annexa- tion, there was no better time to begin. 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