Mad River Union
McKINLEYVILLE – McKinleyville’s advisory committee is asking the county to move forward with the creation of a McKinleyville Town Center.
The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee voted unanimously July 26 to send a letter to the Humboldt County Planning Department asking that it start drafting a McKinleyville Town Center ordinance.
The creation of a McKinleyville Town Center was called for in the McKinleyville Community Plan, approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2002.
However, an ordinance with specific rules for development in the Town Center was never created.
The zone extends from Pierson Park to McKinleyville Avenue, and from Railroad Drive to an area just south of Hiller Road. It also includes the commercial area north of Heartwood Drive where the Burger King and other businesses are located.
Anne Pierson, the owner of the largest undeveloped property in the Town Center, has endorsed the idea.
“I celebrate that the community cares because it needs that kind of energy behind it to have the county pay attention,” said Pierson, who owns the McKinleyville Shopping Center and the land behind it. “The only thing I request in the process is flexibility for creativity.”