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   These are the stories we are working on for this week's newspaper:
  • Deputy shooting fallout: The children of a Portola man who was shot and killed at Eastern Plumas Health Care last year are seeking millions of dollars in damages.
  • The trout must go: The state is planning to pull all of the brook trout out of a Plumas County lake in order to protect the yellow-legged frog.
  • Inspections delayed: Cal Fire was scheduled to begin property inspections this week, but decided to wait until the public could better understand what the inspectors are doing.

Which way Plumas? It's your turn to comment

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General Plan working groups are ready to present their draft goals and policies to the full public. Five working groups, representing the five districts within the county, have been working together and separately to identify goals and policies for an updated Plumas County General Plan. They are now ready for your feedback.

What do they mean by "policy"?

An example would be, "How is the county going to address its land use map?" says Coleen Shade of Design Workshop, the consultants hired by the county to shepherd the General Plan process.

The county maps certain land as "agricultural." What additional uses, like farm stays, could there be for ag land? Policies aim to answer those types of questions.

What have emerged as the most important policy issues?

For all districts, the most important issues, says Shade, are:

  • Water and water quality
  • Economic development and sustainability
  • Land use: density; other permissible uses of agricultural and timber lands
  • Public health and safety, particularly fire safe communities

After introductory material, the upcoming public workshops will focus on these issues.

What's next?

The working groups will reconvene to go over the public input from the workshops. They will then begin work on land use maps. Another round of workshops is likely after the first of the year.

How do I learn more?

The Plumas County Planning Department maintains a section on its website with General Plan information. Click here to view the County's General Plan information.

From there you can go as deep as you want: the 667-page Marin County General Plan, anyone?

General Plan public workshops

Monday, Sept. 27
6 – 8 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Hall
Tuesday, Sept. 28
1 – 3 p.m.
Mineral Building
Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds
Tuesday, Sept. 28
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Town/fire hall
Wednesday, Sept. 29
1 – 3 p.m.
Fire hall
Wednesday, Sept. 29
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Vinton Grange Hall



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