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12A Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001 Sierra Valley News Fea, er l i I I Five-year battle concludes with unique proposal to preserve existing quarry By Debra Coates At a public hearing last set for the amendment, when Managing Editor month, both sides--Smith and agricul{L . e zoning was The supervisors are consid- his neighbors--appeared to be changed to altew for imported ering rezoning a portion of close to a compromise and Su- products to be sold in addition the Sierra Valley from agri- pervisor B.J. Pearson offered to crops grown on the proper- culture preserve to a mining to negotiate with the parties, ty, as long as the imports did designation to protect a rock But at the board's Nov. 20not exceed 50 percent of the quarry near Beckwourth. meeting, Pearson said his at- total volume. The mining zoning is the tempt was not successful. The mining zoning would newest suggestion to end five "There is no common then permit extraction, pro- years of controversy in the ground that everyone can cessing and bringing in recy- Sierra Valley. agree on," Pearson said. clable asphalt, McMorrow ex- Jim Smith, owner of Sierra Planning Director John Mc-plained. Aggregate, operates his rock Morrow laid out some choices Pearson said he liked the quarry with a special use per- for the supervisors to consid- mining option because it pro- mit. He wanted to rezone his er. The land could be zoned R- tected Smith's operation, property to heavy industrial 10 as he had recommended or while the special use permit to ensure the continuation of the core of the property where did not. his operation, the quarry was located could Supervisor Bill Dennison The planning department be zoned mining, with the sur- agreed. "It gives certainty to recommended that the zoning rounding property zoned R-10. everyone--the business and be changed to R-10, which McMorrow said that the the people around it." would have allowed the rock county's mining zoning desig- It's a certainty the neigh- quarry to continue with a spe- nation could be amended tobors didn't support. cial use permit, allow for recycling asphalt, Gary Romano, who operates While the surrounding one of Smith's goals in the a nursery on adjacent proper- neighbors supported the R-10 process. McMorrow said a ty, objected. "I don't want zoning, Smith did not. precedent had already beenheavy industry in Sierra Val- ley," he said. "Mining is just Sierra Valley." another industry. Our inter- Reeves said that he didn't est is to keep the valley rural want "to cause undue delay and keep it agriculture." for Smith," but he didn't be- Quincy resident Harry lieve that the environmental Reeves, speaking on behalf of document used by the plan- 'don't want heavy indus- try in Sierra Valley. Mining is just another industry. Our interest is to keep the valley rural and keep it agriculture." Gary Romano Sierra Valley organic gardener himself, his wife, Linda Blum, ning department was ade- and the Audubon Society quate for a mining recommen- said, "We don't want to dation. change the character of the Neighbor Pat Wormington has questioned the of the envil ments throughout public hearings topic and did so County Counsel man. McMorrow said it was adequate. The supervisors dJ McMorrow to essary documents, a map of the new mining zonings. Supervisor Ken asked that the be kept to a Pearson wanted to that there was an buffer between the area and neighbor lor's property. McMorrow will required documents board's Dec. 4 meetingj ther discussion and approval. ll I l II By Debra Coates Managing Editor An attempt to form a two- county agricultural advisory group was nearly plowed un- der by Supervisor B.J. Pear- son, who questioned the in- tent of the group. And, Supervisor Ken Nel- son was skeptical about the makeup of the group, con- cerned that a handful of landowners could control the county's valleys. Discussion about the forma- tion of the agricultural advi- sory group came during the Plumas County Board of Su- pervisors' Nov. 20 meeting. Larry Goldsmith, chairman of the Sierra Valley Resource Conservation District, said the intent of the group was to give advice to the boards of supervisors from both Plumas and Sierra counties on agri- culture related issues. He explained that the group would be composed of 13 members--ll members ap- pointed by the agricultural about other or a lot of other issues. I care about Dave Goicoechea Sierra Valley resident commissioner and two ap- pointed by the supervisors, one from each county, adoption, but it is probably Though a 13-member board the worst thing for your is large, Goldsmith said it was ranch. Get us some writing desirable because, "at certain that doesn't have this kind of times of the year, things can faux pas." get real hectic and it may be Goldsmith assured him that difficult to get a quorum." the document was only a draft Questioning the composi- and said some adjustments tion of the group, Nelson said, would be made. "I don't want to see just 5- and Supervisor Bill Dennison 10-acre people control all the said he liked the idea of the land." advisory group and saw its Karl Bishop, Plumas and formation as "help for the ag Sierra counties' agricultural commissioner." commissioner, assured Nel-Pearson immediately chal- son that the makeup of thelenged Dennison, asking the board would be balanced. Lake Almanor supervisor just Pearson shared some of Nel- how much agricultural land son's concerns. "Sierra Coun- he represented. ty is the poster child for how "I represent the whole coun- to go bankrupt. We better ty," Dennison countered. think a long time before we As the talk degenerated into put people like that on an ad- what was and wasn't agricul- visory board." ,tural land and who represent- Questioning the verbiage of ed it, Chairman Don Clark the document which would said that the discussion was form the group, Pearson said, irrelevant. "This document is here for "I support what's been pro- posed," he said. Nelson said he could too, as "long as that board is bal- anced." Kathy Price, a candidate for District 5 supervisor, said Plumas County Supervisor that, usually, the membership of an advisory group is ap- pointed by the board which forms it; otherwise, the board has no control over it. "'Maybe they should be on their own," she suggested. Pearson agreed. "They're asking to form an visory board, and, as a ed official, I need Dave Goicoechea son, "You are our intent. This no more and no less trust you have in commissioner." Goicoechea said was formed solely to vice on ag such as "Where is there ious weed problem?" He said, "I don't subdivisions or a lot issues. I care about ture." Pearson said that group could Goicoechea had just s could support it. The su erv sors the concet document to form tl e ry group be refined, /liD You already know Reno as the place to go for all your holiday shopping, but it's also the place to stay and enjoy arts, culture and holiday fun. Come for the great stores and outstanding sales, but stay to ice skate under the stars, enjoy a concert, join in a holiday sing-along or take in a Broadway play. Make the whole experience a holiday getaway with our great package deals, starting as low as $28 a night. Call or log on today. Book today and receive two passes to ice skate at Rink on the River, Whilesupplies last. 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