CONSERVATION: PERMANENT OAK ORDINANCE TO PLANNING COMMISSION, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (Item PLC 14/2017)

A LITTLE HISTORY, When Justin Wineries clear cut oak woodlands near Adelaida, public outcry resulted in the creation of a Emergency Ordinance to prevent clear cutting of oak. County staff were instructed to come up with permanent ordinance, and the first hearing of this will be at the Planning Commission, Feb. 23. It would move to the Board of Supervisors, probably sometime in April. There has been a change in the Board of Supervisors, which has taken an anti-regulation tilt,  and the Planning Commission is being told that we need some sort of oak protection on place. If you can, please attend this meeting or at least write the Planning Commission.

Here follows the two main clauses in the ordinance, which covers 5 species of oaks. We have no idea if the current language will be the version brought to the Commission, which won’t be published for public eyes until much closer to the meeting.

22.58.050 – Permit Requirements A.
Clear-cutting of one to three acres of Oak Woodland. Minor Use Permit approval is required to clear-cut between one (1) and three (3) acres of a Site’s Oak Woodland over a ten year period. Clear-cutting shall be cumulative where clear-cutting may not exceed the maximum allowable by this section during one event or multiple events occurring over a ten year period. B.
Clear-cutting of more than three acres of Oak Woodland. Conditional Use Permit approval is required to clear-cut more than three (3) acres of a Site’s Oak Woodland over a ten year period. Clear-cutting shall be cumulative where the clear-cutting may not exceed the permitted amount during one event or multiple events occurring over a ten year period.

22.58.070 – Oak Woodland Management Plan An Oak Woodland Management Plan may be used to allow clear-cutting of Oak Woodland. Plans shall be administered by the landowner or land manager. The cumulative amount of clear-cutting allowed in an Oak Woodland Management Plan, as defined by this ordinance, shall not exceed 5 percent of a Site’s total Oak Woodland Canopy, or result in the conversion of the Oak Woodland for an allowed use as identified in Table 2-2, without an approved land use permit pursuant to Section 22.58.050.