Comments now sought on 200-acre McK subdivision

From the Aug. 11, 2010 issue. If you would like to read all of the articles from the McKinleyville Press please buy or subscribe to the dead tree version.

By Daniel Mintz
Press Staff Writer

The Beau Pre Heights subdivision is in the midst of an Environmental Impact Report comment period and its density, once a subject of controversy, is now aligned with the project site’s rural residential zoning.
Proposed by the Arcata-based Danco Builders company, the project will create 79 lots on a 197-acre site bordered by Norton and Murray roads in McKinleyville. An open space area and a lot designated for a future McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) water tank reservoir are also included.
Other proposed features include a collector street connecting Norton and Murray roads, bicycle and walking trails, development of a water tank on an off-site parcel, streamside setbacks and preservation of a 36-acre Sitka Spruce grove.
The lots will be serviced by on-site septic systems so MCSD sewage treatment hook-ups won’t be necessary.
The subdivision’s density was a controversial issue in the spring of 2006, when the county presented a more housing-intensive proposal to the MCSD’s board of directors. It voted unanimously to reject the county’s plan, which included density levels far above what’s designated in the McKinleyville Community Plan.
A zoning change request from Danco was withdrawn in response and now the subdivision “should be non-controversial,” said Danco owner Dan Johnson.
The EIR comment period ends Aug. 30 and the subdivision proposal is expected to go before the county’s Planning Commission in October.

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