Our neighboring county has taken on and completed a General Plan update to 2030 and of course now they must have the zoning ordinance to go along with it. Their goal is to help business prosper. HERE is the artucle from the Appeal-Democrat.
I was on the Board of Supervisors until I retired at the end of 1992. Before retiring we on the Board had been pushed to do an Update of our GP and zoning by the Planning Department. We reluctantly agreed to proceed with an update. The process was hijacked by the left in Nevada County and it became an "Overhaul" rather then an Update. We had the longest GP process in California history because the left wanted our little county to become their poster child for environmental policies. What it became was a battleground, an extension of the landuse wars from the late 70's and the 80's.
Out of the battles came CABPRO to try and protect property rights and the Rural Quality Coalition created to take away property rights. It was quite a time. I was usually there to testify as a citizen, representing the members of CABPRO and it was usually me against the "trust baby" liberals who belonged to the regressive RQC and FONA. Those two groups were consistently opposed to anything that contained progress. The RQC even infiltrated the Planning Department before I left office. Their infiltrator from the San Juan area was a well connected lefty who was given the secret task (paid for from unknown planning funds) to draw up our county into 40 acre minimums outside of all the cities. I was personally involved at exposing this GIS fiasco and I did it at the largest hearing we held which ended up at the Vets Building in Grass Valley. The place was packed with the landowners who were totally opposed to the nefarious attempt by the RQC infiltrator to impose 40 acre minimums on every one of them. Well, we voted the 40 acre proposal down and a couple of heads rolled after they were exposed as the sneaks they were.
Nevada County finally approved a GP but it was not that great as far as I can read. I wanted to see small corners throughout the county get allocated with zoning which could lead to little markets or even a gas station or a veterinary. Then people would not have to drive so far for a gallon of milk. I lost. We have ridiculous zones with ridiculous rules and we all get to see the result. No business no opportunity and expensive land. The great leftwing Nevada County GP is a flop along with its zoning rules. You all should read both but the zoning is the real eye opener. If you want to see why we have nothing going on here, just read the rules. Thousands of rules. Enough to make your eyes water uncontrollably.
Well, Yuba County seems to at least have the desire to try and fix the overbearing rules in their County. I have always said we will never prosper here with so much government in our lives and on our property. I think it has proven out I was correct. Unfortunately we have urban nuts like Jeff Pelline who move up here and continue to tear down the hope of people wishing to succeed. I and CABPRO and some other individuals and organizations saw twenty years ago the course we should take to keep hope and prosperity alive here in our County. We lost, the regressive left won and now I am too old to get in the big fight anymore. I'll have a cold one and watch the Giants.