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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/12/2019 12:36 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/12/2019 05:12 PM
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Calaveras County Board of Supervisors Vote 5-0 to Adopt New General Plan After 13 Years of Delays ~ John Hamilton

San Andreas, CA...This morning at the Calaveras county board of supervisors meeting the supervisors voted 5-0 to adopt a new general plan for Calaveras county. It has been since 2006 or 13 years since Calaveras county has had a functional general plan process. In the last 13 years there have been millions spent on consulting fees, planning fees, community meetings, community plans etc. In addition to the direct costs there have also been the indirect lost opportunity costs, lost wages and stagnant communities where even the projects that everyone left and right would want died stillborn or were bled to death from prolonged legal battles and almost certain death.





Is the new general plan perfect? Of course not, it need adjustments and will never make everybody happy. It is an imperfect document written by imperfect people in an imperfect process but after 13 years we now actually have a general plan and a normal general plan update process can commence.

Most people probably have not cared or even known that Calaveras county was in the midst of a general plan update process that was broken at times seemingly beyond repair.

One of the biggest victims of this broken general plan update process has been Copperopolis and what was formerly Copperopolis Town Square. Many people may not know that to this day The Square at Copper Valley is not connected to the sewer system. It is on a holding tank like a giant RV. For 13 years sewage has had to be pumped from holding tanks and trucked to the CCWD treatment facility.

Why had one of the largest developments in the county been a giant RV? Well for the project and even the infrastructure to work it needed the adjacent, infill homes to be built. The effluent flow from these homes was needed so the effluent would not turn to solids within the long sewer line before it reached the processing facility near what was formally know as Saddle Creek Resort.

Because of the structural deficit of the general plan all efforts for infill development around the square either failed primarily because of lawsuits that succeeded and because of future lawsuits that were almost certainly to be victorious because of a structural problem of a lack of a general plan.

At this point the majority of the people in Calaveras county want to maintain open spaces, rural lifestyles etc that help not only maintain our quality of life but also maintain the attractiveness is of the county as a tourism destination.

The problem with the delayed update of the general plan was that it eliminated all projects even projects within existing community footprints and the economic benefits and also affordable housing benefits that these infill developments would have created. Several project we heard that the land owners actually gave up even trying to build anything in Calaveras County. Some of these were projects that largely met all the requirements of infill development withing existing community centers.

We applaud the Calaveras county board of supervisors for passing the plan today while it is in perfect and will not meet everyone's needs the fact the Calaveras county has any general plan in any form is significantly better than what has been in place for the last 13 years.

In some circles the general plan update process had become such a delayed morass of a process that some believed it would never be completed.

Now at least the normal process and normal order of looking at projects, approving projects and denying projects can move forward on their merits and not have even the good one die premature deaths because of a structural legal deficit.


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Re: no subject
Posted on: 2019-11-12 13:07:36   By: Anonymous
 
Well, it's about time! SRS

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    Posted on: 2019-11-12 17:55:44   By: Anonymous
      Edited By: thepinetree
    On: 2019-11-12 19:23:53
    BH Troll

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      Posted on: 2019-11-12 17:56:13   By: Anonymous
        Edited By: thepinetree
      On: 2019-11-12 19:24:39
      BH Troll


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        Posted on: 2019-11-12 17:57:31   By: Anonymous
          Edited By: thepinetree
        On: 2019-11-12 19:24:54
        BH Troll


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          Posted on: 2019-11-12 17:58:06   By: Anonymous
            Edited By: thepinetree
          On: 2019-11-12 19:25:36
          BH Troll


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            Re: no subject
            Posted on: 2019-11-12 18:19:26   By: Anonymous
             
            I can remember when the Amador/Calaveras Hospice folks were there for my mom, Imogene S Whipple at Foothills Village til her death in 2012. I was really impressed with them as well as Debbie Ponte and her staff there. Thank you

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              Re: no subject
              Posted on: 2019-11-13 06:54:25   By: Anonymous
               
              The same Debbie Ponte that batsh*t banners tried to smear for supporting regulation? Wow, you're weird. You all owe her an apology.

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                Re: no subject/\/\ Wow you're weird
                Posted on: 2019-11-13 15:38:03   By: Anonymous
                 
                This is before the fact. This was way back in 2012 and I give Debbie credit for that! She and her staff not only took care of my mom, but a lot of other old-timers in this county-folks who have been living here way before some of you were even thought of yet! This was also a whole separate situation and has nothing to do with the cannabis cultivation issue. Thank you

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                  Re: no subject/\/\ Wow you're weird
                  Posted on: 2019-11-15 04:37:11   By: Anonymous
                   
                  Yet you and your friends dehumanized her and her family and smeared her constantly. Just like you do all cannabis patients and providers. You're a shameful lot. She was10 times the supervisor Mills will ever be. That guy is a dumb liar, a thrice bankrupt terrible leader, and everything he touches turns to crap. Especially the county budgets.

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      Posted on: 2019-11-12 19:29:44   By: Anonymous
       


      Your all invited to the second round of the playoffs after that historic come from behind win! Come out and support the bullfrogs and cheer them on to victory!!

      That’s what the headline and part of the article would say if Bret Harte was actually had a coaching staff who actually cared about winning and a team NOT made of snowflakes ❄️!!

      It’s too bad that the snowflakes of Bret Harte stunk up every game they played in!! If all they really wanted the whole season was participation trophies 🏆 and a Zero Win Parade then they certainly got it!! Why cost BHUSD the money of putting on games and taking them to games if they were going to put out zero effort in return? It’s really is time to disband Bret Harte Football and this season’s coaching staff can hopefully drink 🍹 the pain and sorrows of this terrible season away!!

      By the way Calaveras won their first playoff game!! Still waiting on the score of Bret Harte playoff game.... its been almost a week and still waiting on that score!


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        Re: no subject
        Posted on: 2019-11-12 19:30:22   By: Anonymous
         


        #BHSNOWFLAKES

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          Posted on: 2019-11-12 19:31:21   By: Anonymous
           


          #DISBANDBHFOOTBALL

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            Re: no subject
            Posted on: 2019-11-12 19:31:58   By: Anonymous
             


            #BHZEROWINPARADE

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              Re: no subject
              Posted on: 2019-11-12 22:00:36   By: Anonymous
               
              #DENNISMILLSISACOMPLETEDICK

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                Re: no subject
                Posted on: 2019-11-13 06:28:22   By: Anonymous
                 
                Steve r stupid, no one cares about your mommy issues let alone your folks. Get a life loser.

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                  Re: no subject
                  Posted on: 2019-11-13 07:59:22   By: Anonymous
                   


                  What time on Friday is the Bret Harte second round playoff game? Don’t want to miss this historic season!

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                    Posted on: 2019-11-13 11:37:18   By: Anonymous
                     


                    I looked all over the internet and can only find the time for the Calaveras High playoff game. Still looking for the Bret Harte playoff start time! It has been a historic season and I don’t want to miss a minute of the hard hitting action!! There is no way anybody out there can say these players don’t know the true meaning of hard work and discipline!! Way to go Bullfrogs!!

                    #BHSNOWFLAKES

                    #DISBANDBHFOOTBALL

                    #ZEROWINPARADE

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                      Re: no subject
                      Posted on: 2019-11-13 14:07:44   By: Anonymous
                       
                      Profanity

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                        Re: no subject
                        Posted on: 2019-11-14 06:50:10   By: Anonymous
                         
                        Can you come to my house?

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