ZONING AND OVER-DEVELOPMENT

PRESERVE OUR ZONING AND RURAL WAY OF LIFE

WHEN NOTIFIED, IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE COMMUNITY SHOW UP AND SPEAK OUT AT UPCOMING PLANNING COMMISSION AND BOARD OF SUPERVISOR MEETINGS TO PREVENT A REZONING AMENDMENT FROM BEING APPROVED.

The Tierra Robles rural subdivision is a “leapfrog” development that introduces urban sprawl into Palo Cedro, changing the rural character of our community forever. Tierra Robles creates Palo Cedro/Bella Vista as de-facto “infill area” similar to the subdivision growth in East Redding.

Tierra Robles does not adjoin any other suburban or urban development making it inconsistent and incompatible with existing surrounding zoning, and parcel sizes, in violation of the County’s General Plan.

The beautiful 716 acres (formerly the Chatham Ranch) is now zoned as three Unclassified parcels, one parcel with 3-acre minimums and one with 5-acre minimums. The standard of 3 and 5-acre minimums must be maintained for the Unclassified parcels to keep the rural nature of this or any development. This Beverly Hills developer should not be given special rezoning treatment!

If the required rezoning amendment is approved by the Board of Supervisors, it will set a precedent for similar land sales and rezoning that would declare an open season for leapfrog, infill development that negatively impacts our rural way of life and Bella Vista Water District water supplies forever.

The developer’s lot maps and Composite Area Map show that the 166 parcel sizes range from 1.19 acres to 6.81 acres and are inconsistent in size and density with the surrounding community:

65% or 109 homes are less than 3 acres versus 23% in the surrounding area

35% or 57 homes are greater than 3 acres versus 77% in the surrounding area

Many of us moved out of the city to live here, where the pace of life is slower, safer, more picturesque and enjoyable. Stopping this rezoning amendment protects the future of our rural community!


OUR WATER

Water is a precious, finite resource in our rural North State communities. Using water responsibly is important for the quality of life for all us, particularly in single and multiple drought years. The proposed 166-home Tierra Robles suburban subdivision will be served by the Bella Vista Water District (BVWD).

Tierra Robles is estimated to use 352-acre feet of water per year, which the BVWD does not have in single and multiple drought years through the year 2040, as their data shows that demand exceeds supply.

We all know these shortages then get passed down to us in the form of water rationing, increased fees, penalties and in some cases little or no water for agricultural users. Adding demand to an already over committed system is not responsible planning or development!

If the District has enough water, then why is the BVWD and Shasta County planners requiring developers to enter into third party water purchases that are also subject to the same cutbacks as those water sources used by the District in single and multiple drought years?  Protect our limited water. Say NO to unsustainable water demand and the Tierra Robles subdivision.

Protect Our Water – Say NO to Tierra Robles!

April 18 2018 Traffic Jam on Deschutes.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

STOP EXCESS TRAFFIC, UNSAFE INTERSECTIONS AND UNSAFE FIRE EVACUATION ROUTES

Tierra Robles is expected to balloon our narrow and winding roads with 1,774 added daily trips from at least 332 more cars. During the school year, hundreds of extra vehicles pour into Palo Cedro from Redding and the surrounding areas, resulting in morning and afternoon traffic patterns and volumes that impact roadway speeds, intersection safety and congestion. The County’s traffic study alleges area roads meet minimum standards. However, if you drive, bicycle or walk these roads you know the dangers of little or no road shoulders, excessive roadway speeds, the difficulty of exiting and entering from side streets, and cars frequently crossing the mid line.

Adding traffic circles, a few warning signs and a four-way stop at a curving intersection, mostly at tax payer expense, won’t lessen the negative impact of this subdivision. Real problems are not addressed, such as on Boyle Road where no dedicated turn lanes are planned to regulate turning into and out of the subdivision’s main entrance, making for a dangerous intersection.

Given the recent traffic nightmares associated with the CARR and CAMP fires, Palo Cedro evacuation routes, plans and load capacities must be reviewed and revised now to ensure that another 166 homes and 332 more cars won’t overwhelm the limited two lane feeder roads that border the new subdivision. The Draft and Final Environmental Impact Reports don’t even address these new wildfire realities. There are at least 315 existing homes and 630 cars that feed onto Boyle Road now. How can Boyle safely accommodate another 332 more cars? Keep our roads, intersections and evacuation routes less congested and safer – Say NO to Tierra Robles!

WASTE WATER AND SEPTIC ISSUES

NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE DISTRICT CONCERNS

The Tierra Robles soils won’t percolate or absorb liquids like traditional home septic systems! They propose a “community waste treatment system” requiring each home to have a dual septic tank system. This arrangement would permit untreated/contaminated grey water from bath tubs/showers to be voluntarily diverted by the homeowner for their landscape irrigation system, rather than flowing to the community waste treatment system. This means untreated waste could make its way into the area’s groundwater and surrounding wells.

If not diverted, all grey and black waste water will flow to the modular community system, where after treatment and disinfection it will be pumped to a drip dispersal system within the development’s roadway medians. The soils may be able to absorb the effluent in the dry months, but when the ground is saturated in the rainy season it will likely overflow into our local creeks and streams.

This type of onsite community wastewater/septic and drip effluent dispersal system would be the first of its kind in Shasta County. The operations, maintenance and monitoring of this highly technical system would require the formation of a new, possibly overtasked and underfunded COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (CSD) which could revert back to County and Board of Supervisor control and taxpayer responsibility should there be unforeseen financial or technical issues. The CSD is also tasked with road and storm water system maintenance, the Wildland Fuel/Vegetation Management Plan, the Oak Woodland Management Plan, Open Space and Resource Management Area management and oversight, the Development Design Guidelines and providing funding in perpetuity for offsite conservation easements. This “Super HOA” could become a nightmare for the County if it can’t meet all these required responsibilities.

Keep septic waste water out of neighboring backyards, wells and waterways – Say NO to Tierra Robles!

An opened treatment module for maintenance and/or cleaning

LOCATION OF PROPOSED TIERRA ROBLES SUBDIVISION

Action today for our community tomorrow

Current Status and Alerts

MARCH 2021 UPDATE

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you so much for your past support, interest, and generosity in the ongoing battle against the proposed 166-home Tierra Robles subdivision in rural Palo Cedro.

On February 2, 2021, the public and PATROL’s attorney, Remy Moose Manley submitted written comments to the Shasta County Planning Department in response to a Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report (RDEIR). These comments highlight the many deficiencies, insufficient evidence and erroneous data that still plague the proposed project and the RDEIR.

Read the Remy Moose Manley 34-page letter to learn more about 3.5-hour wildfire evacuation times that could lead to lethally unacceptable delays, an unlikely source of supplemental water to the Bella Vista Water District, an unreliable HOA/Community Services District and other concerns:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/box3fjybidhviy5/PATROL%20Comment%20Letter%20-%20Tierra%20Robles%20RDEIR%20%282-2-2021%29.pdf?dl=0

PLEASE EMPOWER THE LEGAL WORK OF REMY MOOSE MANLEY BY DIGGING DEEP TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR LEGAL OFFENSE FUND. EVEN A SMALL AMOUNT WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PUSHING BACK ON THIS ILL-ADVISED PROJECT. PLEASE DONATE ON THIS SECURE WEBSITE OR MAIL A CHECK TO PATROL, P.O. BOX 682, PALO CEDRO, CA 96073

The County must respond to all comments, make necessary revisions, and produce a new Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) that will go to the Planning Commission for another Public Hearing in the future.  At that hearing, the public will be able to voice their concerns regarding the FEIR and the entire project, like the hearing on July 23, 2019.

MANY THANKS FOR CONSIDERING OUR REQUEST – THE PATROL STEERING COMMITTEE

PATROL COMMUNITY ZOOM MEETING 1/19/21 @ 6:30 PM

ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION MEETING TO UNDERSTAND DEFICIENCIES IN THE COUNTY’S TIERRA ROBLES RECIRCULATED DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (RDEIR) SO YOU CAN SUBMIT EFFECTIVE PUBLIC COMMENTS BY THE DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 2, 2021 (see RDEIR and submission details below).

  • LEARN ABOUT THE DEFICIENCIES IN THE NEW WILDFIRE EVACUATION TRAFFIC STUDY –  DOES NOT REMEDY THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF NEW CARS/RVs/TRAILERS ON ALREADY POOR EVACUATION TIMES FOR EXISTING RESIDENTS.
  • LEARN ABOUT CONTINUING PROBLEMS OF AN UNRELIABLE SOURCE OF DEVELOPER-SUPPLIED SUPPLEMENTAL WATER TO THE BELLA VISTA WATER DISTRICT IN DROUGHT YEARS.
  • HEAR ABOUT THE UNADDRESSED PAST CONCERNS RAISED BY THE PUBLIC IN JULY 2019 REGARDING UNSAFE ROADS AND INTERSECTIONS AND AN INACCURATELY DESIGNED COMMUNITY WASTE TREATMENT FACILITY.
  • QUESTION AND ANSWER TIME
  • LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PARTICIPATE AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO KEEP PALO CEDRO RURAL.

TO RECEIVE AN INVITATION AND LINK TO THE ONLINE ZOOM MEETING OR FOR PHONE ACCESS RSVP TO: NoTierraRobles@gmail.com

NOTEPlease send your final written Public comments by 5:00 PM on Februry 2, 2021 to Paul Hellman, Shasta County Department of Resource Management, 1855 Placer Street, Redding, CA 96001, via regular mail or by e-mail at phellman@co.shasta.ca.us

Note that Comments to the County must be limited to the revised and new chapters contained in the RDEIR. Comments on chapters and portions of the Draft EIR that are not a part of the RDEIR will not be responded to and will not be included in the Final EIR. The Final EIR will contain responses to comments previously received on the Draft EIR as well as comments received on the RDEIR.

For general questions and assistance, please contact Paul Hellman by telephone at (530) 225-5532 or by e-mail phellman@co.shasta.ca.us
 

SPECIFIC LINKS TO THE RDEIR DOCUMENTS CAN BE FOUND BELOW. (All current and past EIR documents can be viewed and downloaded at: 
https://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index/drm/planning/eir/tierra-robles )
 
1.0 Introduction

5.3 Air Quality

5.7 Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change

5.16 Traffic and Circulation (updated analysis
of the intersection of Deschutes Road & Cedro Lane)

5.17 Utilities and Service Systems –  includes an updated analysis of potential water supply impacts to the Bella Vista Water District. Provides an updated analysis regarding an alternative water supply during water shortages associated with a multiple dry year event.

5.18 Energy Consumption

5.19 Wildfire NEW

Appendices

A-1 Air Quality/Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data
A-2 Technical Modeling Considerations for Criteria Pollutants and Human Health Effects

B-1 Tierra Robles Traffic Impact Study (May 2015)
B-2 Supplemental Traffic Impact Analysis (August 2017)
B-3 Technical Memorandum — Traffic Impact Analysis Update for Intersection No. 15:
       Deschutes Road & Cedro Lane (November 20, 2018)
B-4 Updated Technical Memorandum — Updated Traffic Impact Analysis Update for
       Intersection No. 15: Deschutes Road & Cedro Lane (February 25, 2019)
B-5 VMT Impact Analysis NEW

C-1 Water Demand Evaluation – Relates to Bella Vista Water District
C-2 Clear Creek CSD Letter to Bella Vista Water District NEW
C-3 Bella Vista Water District Meeting Minutes NEWD-1 Tierra Robles Area Evacuation Traffic Study NEW



Action today for our community tomorrow

GET INVOLVED NOW!

ACTIONS TO TAKE:

1.COMMUNICATE TO ALL THE SHASTA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS URGING THEM TO VOTE NO ON THE TIERRA ROBLES SUBDIVISION.  CLICK HERE TO SEND ALL THE SUPERVISORS AN EMAIL NOW OR DOWNLOAD THE LETTERS FOR MAILING.

2. COMMUNICATE TO ALL THE COMMISSIONERS OF THE SHASTA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION URGING THEM TO NOT RECOMMEND THE TIERRA ROBLES SUBDIVISION TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.  CLICK HERE TO SEND ALL THE COMMISSIONERS AN EMAIL NOW OR DOWNLOAD THE LETTERS FOR MAILING.

3. MOBILIZE OTHERS – DISTRIBUTE THE PATROL PROMOTIONAL FLYER

4. JOIN THE PATROL ACTION NOTIFICATION EMAIL LIST TO GET THE LATEST UPDATES AND HEARING ALERTS.  CLICK THIS LINK TO ADD YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS OR call 530-549-4743.

5. WHEN NOTIFIED, SHOW UP AND SPEAK OUT AT PLANNING COMMISSION AND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DECISION HEARINGS.

6.“PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS” CAMPAIGN – HAVE YOUR MONEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  DONATE $100 OR WHATEVER YOU CAN AFFORD TO FUND PATROL’S COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND REMY MOOSE MANLEY LLC LEGAL EFFORTS.

7. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME TO DO WHAT’S WANTED AND NEEDED. ONLY A FEW HOURS A WEEK COULD MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE! Call 530-549-4743.

8. JOIN A BALLOT REFERENDUM TEAM TO OVERTURN AN ADVERSE BOARD OF SUPERVISOR VOTE –CALL 530-549-4743 OR EMAIL NoTierraRobles@gmail.com

Click a name below to download a personalized letter, or fill out the form to send them an email now.

Honorable Joe Chimenti
Honorable Leonard Moty
Honorable Mary Rickert
Honorable Steve Morgan
Honorable Les Baugh
Shasta County Board of Supervisors
1450 Court Street, Suite 308B
Redding, CA  96001-1673  
To read this letter, click this link.

Click a name below to download a personalized letter, or fill out the form to send them an email now.

Honorable Patrick Walner
Honorable Roy Ramsey
Honorable Steven Kerns
Honorable Tim MacLean
Honorable Jim Chapin
 

WHAT IS PATROL?

HOW WILL PATROL USE YOUR DONATION?

Protect Against Tierra Robles Overdeveloped Lands (PATROL) is an unincorporated association of Shasta County residents who oppose the Tierra Robles Planned Development Project.  All our activities are designed to educate and inform, empower and activate community participation in opposing Tierra Robles. All PATROL actions are guided by a volunteer, eight to ten-person Steering Committee.

We oppose this suburban subdivision development not because we are opposed to growth or progress, but because unchecked, “leapfrog” development, with little or no County infrastructure improvements is detrimental to our rural community and way of life. This project as currently designed does environmental harm to our community.

To further its efforts to protect the community from overdevelopment, PATROL has retained Remy Moose Manley LLP, [“RMM”] a land use law firm with long-standing experience in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), to represent PATROL in its opposition to the proposed project. Additional information about Remy Moose Manley LLP can be found on their website: https://www.rmmenvirolaw.com/

Donations to PATROL will be used to carry out the following activities:

  • Have RMM review the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Project and submit comments to the County on PATROL’s behalf regarding the adequacy of the FEIR and the County’s compliance with CEQA.
  • Direct funds, if warranted, for a ballot referendum and for advertising, printing, mailings and postage, signage, and the cost of sponsoring functions directly related to opposing the Tierra Robles Planned Development.
  • Utilize RMM or another specialized attorney, at PATROL’s request, to provide advice and services regarding requirements under the State Election Code to explore pursuing a ballot referendum should a final decision by the County Board of Supervisors approve the proposed project and rezoning amendment.
  • Amend, if necessary, PATROL’s retainer agreement with Remy Moose Manley as it does not include the filing of a lawsuit challenging the project or representation during any subsequent litigation.  However, both RMM and PATROL’s Steering Committee would have to agree to amend the retainer agreement.
  • All donated funds are deposited with Tri-Counties Bank in Palo Cedro. NOTE: All donations are NOT tax deductible and are non-refundable. Any unused monies at the completion of our efforts will be donated to the Palo Cedro Community Park.

DONATIONS CAN BE MADE ON THIS SECURE WEBSITE

OR

CHECKS CAN MADE PAYABLE TO “PATROL” AND SENT TO:

PATROL, P.O.BOX 682, PALO CEDRO, CA 96073

THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE PATROL TEAM TODAY!

THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS!