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									                                APPROVED MINUTES
                       LASSEN COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
                                 DECEMBER 6, 2006

The Commission convened in regular session at 1:10 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors‟ chambers,
707 Nevada Street, Susanville, CA. Present were Chairman Toni Poulsen, Commissioners Bob
Beckett, Rick Stewart, and Aaron Albaugh. Commissioner Mark Totten was absent. Also present
were Robert K. Sorvaag, Planning Commission Secretary; Community Development Staff; and
Recording Secretary Kearstin Nahhas.

The Commission welcomed Commissioner Rick Stewart, recent appointee from District 3.

GENERAL UPDATE OF PLANNING ACTIVITES
Mr. Sorvaag gave an update of the activities of the Board of Supervisors during the month of
November including the approval by the Board to update the General Plan along the Highway
395 corridor (Susanville to Hallelujah Junction). He updated the Commission on the progress
being made on the Dyer Mountain project and discussed the status of the Request for Proposals
sent out for the Redevelopment of Herlong.

Richard Simon, Chief Planner, discussed the progress being made on the new proposed
subdivision in Johnstonville and issues to be addressed in the EIR.

MATTERS INITIATED BY THE COMMISSIONERS
None

CORRESPONDENCE
Discussion was held regarding the letter addressed to the Regional Water Quality Control Board
received from KinRoss Gold regarding Hayden Hill water issues(Exhibit A).

SPECIAL ELECTION OF VICE CHAIRMAN
It was moved by Commissioner Beckett, seconded by Commissioner Stewart, and carried to elect
Commissioner Albaugh as Vice Chairman. Commissioner Totten was absent.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Commissioner Beckett, seconded by Commissioner Albaugh to approve the
November 1, 2006, Planning Commission meeting minutes. Commissioner Poulsen abstained.
Due to the lack of a quorum the approval of the November 1, 2006 Planning Commission
meeting minutes was continued to the January 3, 2007, Planning Commission meeting.

MATTERS INITIATED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC
None

PUBLIC HEARING: PARCEL MAP #2006-106, Laurna Carpenter, to reconfigure the
existing designated building site on Parcel 1 of Parcel Map 94003, Book 32 of Parcel Maps,
pages 87 and 88. The project site is zoned A-2-B-4 (Agricultural Residential, Building Site
Combining District with a four acre minimum parcel size) and is located at the northwest
terminus of Jace Drive, approximately 250 ft. west of Janesville Grade and Highway 395. A.P.N.:
129-550-29.

Gaylon Norwood, Assistant Planner, presented the staff report. He provided an overhead graphic
identifying the project site. Mr. Norwood explained that the new configuration for the building
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site will encompass the existing designated leach field area; therefore, the Health Department
recommended a condition that the applicant show adequate area for sewage disposal with the new
building site.

The public hearing was opened and closed at 1:37 p.m. with no one speaking for or against the
project.

Jim Eddy, representing the applicant, was present.

Discussion was held regarding whether or not a road maintenance agreement needed to be a
condition of approval.

Mr. Simon explained that the original map was done in 1994 before road maintenance agreements
were a condition of approval. This application had no impact on roads.

Discussion was held regarding the amount of water in the area and that the setbacks and building
exclusion area will prevent building in the drainage area.

MOTION
It was moved by Commissioner Beckett, seconded by Commissioner Stewart, and carried to
adopt Resolution #12-01-06, approving Parcel Map #2006-106, Laurna Carpenter, subject to the
conditions of approval. Commissioner Totten was absent.

FINANCIAL ASSURANCE #1997-080(MA1), Aggregate Resources, to update the financial
assurance for an existing mining operation. The project site is zoned U-C-2 (Upland
Conservation/Resource Management District) and is located on the east side of Highway 395,
approximately six miles north of Termo. APN(s): 031-300-16, 33, 46, 56; 031-310-15 & 24.

Maurice Anderson, Senior Planner, stated for the record the applicants are requesting a
continuance to the January 3, 2007, Planning Commission meeting, to double check their
financial numbers again.

The Commission continued this project to the January 3, 2007, Planning Commission meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
WILLIAMSON ACT CONTRACT AND REZONE #2006-105, David Chaidez, proposal to
rezone 631 acres of land from A-1 (General Agriculture District) to U-C-A-P (Upland
Conservation, Agricultural Preserve Combining District) and to enter the property into a
Williamson Act Contract. This project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act
under section 15317, Class 17, of the guidelines. The project site is located at 669-105 Susanville
Road, approximately 8 miles east of Beiber. APN(s): 003-110-26; 003-110-01 & 003-070-16.

Maurice Anderson, Senior Planner, presented the staff report. He provided an overhead graphic
identifying the project site.

The applicants were not present.

Mr. Anderson stated for the record the acreage contained in the staff report is incorrect; it should
read 551 acres. He stated it does not change the findings made by the Land Conservation
Committee.
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The public hearing was opened and closed at 1:49 p.m. with no one speaking for or against the
project.

MOTION
It was moved by Commissioner Beckett, seconded by Commissioner Stewart, and carried to
adopt Resolution #12-02-06, recommending the Board of Supervisors approve Williamson Act
Contract and Rezone #2006-105, David Chaidez. Commissioner Albaugh abstained.
Commissioner Totten was absent.

A brief recess was held from 1:51 p.m. to 1:56 p.m.

PUBLIC HEARING: VARIANCE #2006-108, Melissa McCoy, Variance from the 30 foot side
yard setback requirement of Lassen County Fire Safety Ordinance 502 for properties one acre or
more in size. The applicant is proposing to construct an addition to an existing home to be located
3 feet from the side property line. The project site is zoned C-T-PSA (Town Service
District/Public Safety Airport Combining District) and is located at 705-670 Highway 395 in
Johnstonville. A.P.N.: 116-160-25.

Kent Hector, Senior Planner, presented the staff report. He provided an overhead graphic and
photographs of the project site.

Melissa McCoy, the applicant, was present.

The public hearing was opened and closed at 2:00 p.m. with no one speaking for or against the
project.

Discussion was held regarding the siding being made out of a fire resistant material.

MOTION
It was moved by Commissioner Stewart, seconded by Commissioner Albaugh, to approve
Variance #2006-108, Melissa McCoy.

Ron Morales, representing the Honey Lake Maidu, wanted clarification on how far the project
site was from the Miller‟s property boundaries because there is a Native American burial site
south from that property.

Mr. Simon, using the overhead graphic, provided the clarification on where the Miller‟s property
is located.

Discussion was held regarding incorporating both the Susan River Fire Protection District and the
County Fire Warden‟s findings and conditions of approval in the Resolution for approval.

Mr. Sorvaag noted for the record the applicant has agreed to all the conditions from the Susan
River Fire Protection District and the County Fire Warden.

VOTE:
Motion to adopt Resolution #12-03-06 approving Variance #2006-108, Melissa McCoy, passed
with Commissioners Stewart, Beckett, Albaugh, and Poulsen voting „Aye‟. Commissioner Totten
was absent.
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The following projects were presented one at a time with a brief description of each individual
rezone:

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
REZONE #2006-059(A), Sierra Pacific Industries, Proposal to rezone 865.9 acres of land form
T-P-Z (Timber Production Zone) to A-F (Agricultural Forest). The project is exempt from the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061(3) of the CEQA Guidelines.
The project site is located near Pike‟s Point on the south end of Eagle Lake. APN(s): 089-100-21
& 23; 089-090-03.

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
REZONE #2006-059(B), Sierra Pacific Industries, Proposal to rezone 1,723 acres of land from
T-P-Z (Timber Production Zone) to A-F (Agricultural Forest). The project is exempt from the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061(3) of the CEQA Guidelines.
The project site is located 3.5 miles east of the town of Westwood, approximately one mile east
of Goodrich Creek and approximately two miles northeast of Mountain Meadows Reservoir.
APN(s): 113-110-16, 113-100-23 (portion), 123-130-10, 123-100-25 (portion), 127-050-12
(portion), 127-010-12 (portion).

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
REZONE #2006-059(D), Sierra Pacific Industries, Proposal to rezone 2,271 acres of land from
T-P-Z (Timber Production Zone) to A-F (Agricultural Forest). The project is exempt form the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061(3) of the CEQA Guidelines.
The project site is located adjacent to the intersection of Highways 36 and 44 and Eagle Lake
Road. APN(s): 099-120-26 (portion), 27 (portion), 28 & 29; 099-170-07; 099-260-01, 22, 25, &
59; 115-200-54 (portion).

A brief recess was held from 2:08 p.m. to 2:09 p.m.

Kent Hector, Senior Planner, presented the staff reports. He provided an overhead graphic
showing the vicinity of each rezone project. He stated the applicant had submitted a letter
explaining why they want to rezone the property (Exhibit B). Mr. Hector stated these applications
include a 10 year phase out plan from TPZ to A-F.

Mr. Hector provided an overhead graphic of each individual project that gave a more detailed
picture of the project vicinity and their land use designations.

Mr. Hector noted for the record a minor addition of a 2.25 acre parcel was added to Rezone
#2006-059(D) and pointed out the location of that change using the overhead graphic.

Discussion was held regarding the differences between TPZ and the A-F zoning.

The public hearing was opened at 2:18 p.m.

Steve Robinson, representing Mountain Meadows Conservancy, addressed the Commission with
his objections to the project.

Kirsten Bovee, resident of Westwood, addressed the Commission with her objections to the
project and wanted clarification on why Sierra Pacific Industries is applying to rezone lands.
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Barney Ward, representing California Department of Forestry, addressed the Commission with
his objections to the project, indicating that it is CDF‟s policy to oppose removal of forest land
from TPZ.

Cedric Twight, Sierra Pacific Industries, addressed the Commission with his support of the
project. He stated there are currently no projects planned for the acreage that is proposed to be
rezoned.

Mr. Sorvaag discussed the applications that would be needed if Sierra Pacific was trying to
subdivide the land now.

Steve Robinson, Mountain Meadows Conservancy, wanted clarification on why they want to
make these changes now if there are no projects planned.

The public hearing was closed at 2:31 p.m.

Commissioner Stewart stated he would like to see some sort of outline of what Sierra Pacific has
planned for the property that is being proposed to be rezoned.

Commissioner Beckett stated he would like to continue the hearing on these projects until January
when they would have a full Commission and give everyone more time to study this project.

MOTION:
It was moved by Commissioner Albaugh, seconded by Commissioner Beckett, and carried to re-
open and continue the public hearing for Rezone #2006-059(A), (B), and (D), to the January 3,
2007, Planning Commission meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISROS
REZONE #2006-059(C), Sierra Pacific Industries, Proposal to rezone 638 acres of land from
T-P-Z (Timber Production Zone) to U-C-2-NH (Upland Conservation/Resource Management
with a Natural Habitat Combining District). The project is exempt from the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15061(3) of the CEQA Guidelines. The
project site is located ½ mile northeast of Silver Lake. A.P.N.: 085-120-07.

Kent Hector, Senior Planner, presented the staff report. He provided an overhead graphic
identifying the project site. He discussed the incorporation of the Natural Habitat zone which
allows staff to review any development of the property and helps to minimize the impacts to the
wildlife areas.

The public hearing was opened at 2:43 p.m.

Cedric Twight, Sierra Pacific Industries, addressed the Commission with his support of the
project. He stated that there are no current projects planned for the areas that are being proposed
to be rezoned.

Bernie Ward, California Department of Forestry, addressed the Commission with his objections
to the project, as a matter of CDF policy.
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Steve Robinson, Mountain Meadows Conversancy, addressed the Commission with his
objections to the project.

Mr. Sorvaag discussed the characteristics that distinguish this project site from the other rezone
applications discussed earlier.

Kirsten Bovee, Westwood resident, wanted clarification on who determines whether a project is
consistent with the Natural Habitat zone and if a public review is required.

Mr. Hector provided the clarification that agencies will be contacted but no public review is
required, unless the project requires discretionary approval by the County.

Discussion was held regarding the process that a project would go through under Natural Habitat
zone.

Mary Loflin, County Surveyor‟s office, discussed the possibility that there may be underlying
patents that a person could apply to get a Certificate of Compliance on the property and make
them legal parcels that could be sold.

Cedric Twight, Sierra Pacific Industries, discussed the Natural Habitat overlay and the control it
has on where homes and buildings are placed.

The public hearing was closed at 3:03 p.m.

Commissioner Albaugh stated he would like to re-open and continue the public hearing on this
project until the January 3, 2007, Planning Commission meeting.

MOTION
It was moved by Commissioner Albaugh, seconded by Commissioner Beckett, and carried to re-
open and continue the public hearing for Rezone #2006-059(C), Sierra Pacific Industries, to the
January 3, 2007, Planning Commission meeting.

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
DETERMINATION WHETHER AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT OR A
NEGATIVE DECLARATION IS REQUIRED FOR INITIAL STUDY #2006-093, Pacific
Holt Corporation, The proposed project consists of a General Plan Amendment, Rezone, and
Subdivision Map. The proposed General Plan Amendment involves a change in the land use
designation from “Extensive Agriculture” to “Rural Residential” on the 120 acre property. In
conjunction with the change in the land use designation, the applicant is proposing to change the
zoning from A-1 (General Agriculture District) to A-2-B-10 (Agricultural Residential, Building
Site Combining with a 10 Acre minimum parcel size) and a subdivision of the property into 12
parcels being 10 acres each. For access to the proposed parcels, the applicant is proposing to
create a frontage road along the proposed parcels which would connect at two locations onto
Highway 395. The 120 acre subject property is located close to the Honey Lake shoreline and
along the north side of Highway 395, approximately ½ mile northwest of the intersection of
Highway 395 and Herlong Access Road (County Road 359). A.P.N.: 139-040-38.

Kent Hector, Senior Planner, read a letter from the applicant into the record (Exhibit C)
requesting that the project be continued for 90 days to allow the applicant time to address the
concerns that have been brought forward.
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Mark Herrmann, representing Pacific Holt Corporation, asked the Commission to continue this
project until the March Planning Commission meeting.

MOTION
It was moved by Commissioner Albaugh, seconded by Commissioner Stewart, and carried to
continue Environmental Determination for Initial Study #2006-093, Pacific Holt Corporation, to
the March 7, 2007, Planning Commission meeting.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 3:13 p.m.

								
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