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Mariposa, CA 95338

MARIPOSANS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND

Catheys Valley Planning History - 2006

 

During the 10 years that the Catheys Valley Community Planning Advisory Committee has worked with community input to produce two drafts of a community plan, without subsequent adoption, and during the 6 years that the County has been attempting to produce an Updated General Plan, development pressures from the San Joaquin Valley, specifically Merced County, have escalated.

During this period, the Catheys Valley community has provided input to a plan that:

States Catheys Valley has never been a town and does not wish to be a center for concentration of residential and commercial uses.

Respects and protects its agricultural lands by having stricter rules for conversion than the General Plan Update.

Requires setback buffers from agricultural uses for residential development on acreages twice the minimum size of the General Plan Update for its smallest residential parcels.

Requires that any development whether residential or commercial is in scale with the infrastructure and resource constraints of the area, including water, septic, roads, fire and police protection limitations.

Acknowledges that sub-standard roads act as a development constraint.

Limits commercial development to a scale appropriate for a rural crossroads community.

mountain_valley_meadowThe Hornitos community has had no opportunity, as yet, during this General Plan Update for self-determination.

Development pressures from out of the area development interests are mounting. Unbridled potential financial gain is weakening property owners resolve to maintain agricultural land uses. Parcelization of lands lying on the western front of the county violates the basic tenets of the General Plan Update and the Catheys Valley Community Plan. The 1981 General Plan, in use today, could not reasonably anticipate the level of development and build out of adjacent counties; and, therefore, could not anticipate or plan for the current development pressures being brought to bear on Mariposa County, and specifically the western-lying lands of the County in closest proximity to urbanization.

A moratorium is a tool to protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and landowners during completion of the General Plan Update effort. These same protections are not afforded by the 1981 General Plan. Any land use decisions made on the basis of the 1981 General Plan on the eve of potential adoption of updated planning documents are inappropriate in light of the community’s documented wishes.

We ask that you act on this request for a moratorium immediately.