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4A Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 Feather River Bulletin Public weighs in on county general plan Comment period extended to Jan. 11 Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com About two dozen people showed up to comment on Plumas County's new gener- al plan update and its associ- ated draft environmental im- pact report during a plan- ning commission meeting Dec. 13, with many asking for more time to study the document and provide their input. The comment deadline had been set for Jan. 3, but due to the holidays and a de- layed public notice, both pri- vate citizens and govern- ment agencies asked for an extension. Planning Director Randy Wilson agreed and on Dec. 17 announced that now the public has until Friday, Jan. 11 to submit comments. During last week's public meeting, a number of citizens verbally made comments, while agencies such as Col- Fire and the U.S. Forest Service will submit their comments in writing. Mem- bers of the public have the same opportunity. The 641-page document is available online at countyof- plumas.com; on CD by re- .quest through the planning department; or as a hard copy at each of the Plumas County Library branches. This version of the coun- ty's general plan is expected to be the blueprint for land use through 2035. The pro- ject is in its seventh year and county supervisors are anxious to implement t. "This was a priority for Terry Swofford and I when we were elected in 2009," Su- pervisor Lori Simpson said. Now both have been elected to second terms. "I am committed to getting this finished," she said. But the end is near. Once all of the comments -- oral and written -- have been re- ceived, they will be added to the document along with re- sponses to those comments. 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I I Address , City, State, ZIp C01een Shade, far right, a consultant who is help}ng Plumas County with its general plan, talks to members of the Planning Commission and county staff during a Dec. 13 meeting designed to collect public comment. From left: Commissioners Mark Dotta and John Olofson, Chairwoman Betsy Schramel, Larry Williams, Senior Planner Becky Herrin and Planning Director Randy Wilson. Photo by Debra Moore As audience members spoke out last week, Coleen Shade, a principal planner for RO Anderson, and for- merly of Design Workshop, the county's consultant, took notes on a flip chart. Water concerns Indian Valley resident Todd Anderson, who uses many public forums to advo- cate for private water rights, also addressed the issue with regard to the general plan. He said that any mention of water was missing from several areas where it could be addressed, including land use, agriculture and forestry. "Water industry could be created in Plumas County," Anderson said, citing case law from 1961. Private airstrips Quincy resident George Terhune noted that the documents didn't address private airstrips. Terhune said that earlier "This was a priority for Terry Swofford and I when we were elected in 2009. I am committed to getting this finished." Lori Simpson Supervisor this year a Sierra Valley res- ident "scraped out a runway on his land." Though there are state and federal regula- tions, he said that there is "nothing in the current county codes to handle that situation." Without any official direc- tion, Terhune said that there were two schools of thought: that it was "automatically prohibited or, that the coun- ty should, as a matter of due process, provide individual opportunity in certain cir- cumstances." 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Terhune plans to research that issue more and will pro- vide written comments on both topics. Audubon comments Harry Reeves, represent- ing Plumas Audubon as well as himself, first compliment- ed those involved with the process. "I am particularly im- pressed with the good job you have done looking at al- ternatives," he said. Sierra Nevada Alliance Craig Breon, of the Sierra Nevada Alliance, said he was "pleased with the process," but aid there were three areas to discuss: ensuring no future develop- ment on agriculture pre- serve zones; defining sec- ondary uses for agricultural land; and protecting areas such as ridgelines and wet- lands in future development. Property rights Heather Kingdon, of Indi- an Valley, said that it's im- portant to "protect water rights that go with property rights." :. Kingdon e'xp/[essed con- cern about the 'uture of the valley and worries that too many rules stifle a property owner's ability to earn a liv- ing off of his or her land. 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