The Mendocino Supervisors’ Tuesday, November 21 meeting was dominated by the topic of fire recovery. But the Board also discussed the newly passed Measure B sales tax for mental health facilities, as well as the state’s recently proposed rules governing the cannabis industry. Dan Young reports.
Aired: November 16, 2017 on KZYX News; November 17, 2017 on KMUD News
The Mendocino Supervisors have appointed an ad hoc committee to look at emergency road access issues in the community of Brooktrails, the Simpson Lane area south of Fort Bragg, and other non-incorporated areas of Mendocino County. Dan Young reports.
Mendocino County has passed an urgency ordinance requiring clean up of debris from the Redwood Complex fire by February 1, 2018 — unless the Army Corps of Engineers delays completion of their consolidated public clean up, in which case property owners who have opted to privately perform clean up will also receive an extension. Meanwhile local, state, and federal authorities are looking into housing fire victims in a former Redwood Valley elementary school and at the Lake Mendocino campground. Dan Young reports.
On November 13 the Mendocino Supervisors opted to clarify current regulations so that licensed cannabis cultivators on rangeland zoned properties can expand their operations without having to go through the more intensive oversight of the administrative permit process. Dan Young reports.
On Wednesday, November 8 the Fort Bragg Planning Commission endorsed a change to local law that could allow the city to rezone portions of the former Georgia Pacific mill site via a faster and more affordable process. During discussions of the item, the Commission also heard contradictory rumors about businesses seeking to purchase portions of the site. Dan Young reports.
At their November 7 meeting the Mendocino Supervisors heard fire recovery updates from county, state, and federal officials. These included updates on efforts to stabilize debris before rains cause hazardous material runoff into watersheds, and updates on the planned effort to clean up and remove all fire debris over the next three months. Dan Young reports.
On November 7 the Mendocino Supervisors put in place a $60 county cannabis facilities business license fee, reduced from the $100 fee recommended by staff. The Board also briefly heard about issues with the county’s rules governing the expansion of cannabis cultivation operations in rangeland and timberland zones — a topic the Supervisors will return to that topic at their November 14 meeting. Dan Young reports.