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New planner: McK over-packed with multi-family housing

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – McKinleyville’s representative on the county Planning Commission has advanced a stance on multiple unit housing development, saying that “McKinleyville has been getting a lot of these really dense subdivisions and I don’t think we need too many more of them.” Peggy O’Neill, a McKinleyville resident who was recently

Rambling Jack: Mack Town takes the reins

Something positive and important is happening in McKinleyville. It’s been visible at recent governmental meetings, where residents are showing up in larger numbers. They’re engaged. They’re informed. They’re asking for a greater say in how McKinleyville solves its problems and shapes its future. Take, for example, the Jan. 30 meeting of the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory

County grapples with ‘monumental’ sea rise issues

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Words like “huge” and “monumental” were used by county staff as the Planning Commission was briefed on the potential effects of sea level rise and the challenges of responding to it.  Policy options for avoiding and dealing with the impacts were outlined as the commission held a fourth

Supes make pick for county’s Planning Commission

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Humboldt County supervisors discussed the importance of gender diversity in making an appointment to the Planning Commission but also emphasized that their female pick is the most qualified of 16 candidates.  Arcata Planning Commissioner Melanie McCavour, an environmental impact assessment consultant and environmental sciences and management lecturer at

New McKinleyville cannabis dispensaries pending

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – The legal cannabis industry is ramping up in McKinleyville, with a second dispensary gaining county approval and a third in the pipeline.   At its Jan. 10 meeting, the county’s Planning Commission approved permits for dispensary and non-volatile cannabis manufacturing facilities within a medical plaza at 1711 and

Filling wetlands to save them

Seawater encroachment on low-lying land forces unprecedented choices Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – Sea level rise could change the way the state deals with coastal development, as expansion and construction of dikes will fill wetlands but also protect large agricultural areas that double as freshwater habitat.  A workshop on Humboldt County’s early stages

Humboldt Planco ponders climate change, sea level rise

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – A county staff report states that sea level rise is “a significant threat to every aspect of life on the North Coast” but opinions on how to react to it are divided. Based on a “vulnerability assessment” by hydrologist Aldaron Laird, a staff report prepared for the county’s

Madrone, Shepherd clash over General Plan Update rezones

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – In a hearing that included accusations, audience interruptions and cross-talking, county planning commissioners found that implementing the county’s updated General Plan won’t be easy. At their Nov. 1 meeting, they reviewed the General Plan’s variety of rezonings along with a controversial “matrix” of landowner requests. The less controversial

County’s suicide rate rebounds

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union HUMBOLDT – An annual report to Humboldt County supervisors on suicide rates and prevention shows that last year’s reduction in suicides isn’t a trend, as this year’s rate is tracking to be as high as ever. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and at its Aug. 28 meeting, the

McKinleyville grapples with planning issues

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – McKinleyville is wrestling with how it can give residents a voice in land use decisions, while at the same time not creating additional expenses and bureaucracy. The McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee (McKMAC)  held an in-depth discussion on the topic at its Aug. 29 meeting, with members debating the

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