Some commentary from Jack:
Let’s face it – land use planning is the number one issue in McKinleyville right now. It’s an even bigger topic than Charlie Sheen.
Among the questions people are asking is how can McKinleyville take greater control of land use planning?
In this week’s edition, I wrote a column about creating an Area Planning Commission and a Municipal Advisory Committee. I also suggested that the McKinleyville Community Services District Board start serving as an unofficial MAC immediately.
Get a copy of this week’s issue to read the column.
Pat Higgins also wrote a column urging the creation of a MAC. Buy a copy to read it. Pat makes some excellent points.
One issue that both of us failed to mention was McKinleyville’s lack of representation on the Humboldt County Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission has a total of seven members – one from each of the five supervisorial districts, and two at-large members.
Of those seven members, none live in McKinleyville. Zero, nada, zilch.
So McKinleyville is the largest unincorporated community in Humboldt County. It’s ground zero for development. But it has no representation on the body that decides land use planning issues for McKinleyville.
Something is seriously wrong with that picture.