LAND USE AGENCY / PLANNING COMMISSION
RANDOLPH STREET COMPLAINT
REASON FOR REVIEW
The Grand Jury received a citizen's complaint against the Land
Use Agency and the Planning Commission. The complainants alleged:
Land and property owners are not notified when decisions are
made concerning their property, or the property that lies within
the influence of their property.
- The Planning Commission does not take into
consideration comments made by others (other than the applicant)
at the hearings. It is as though the decisions are already made.
- Decisions are made at the Technical Advisory Committee
(TAC) meetings and not at the hearings.
- The Planning Commission makes decisions on people's
property without any consultation with the owner(s) involved.
- Notice of a road closure and movement of mail boxes was
stuck on a wire of the complainant's fence.
In December, 1997, the parcel of land at the intersection of
Randolph Street and Highway 49, on the outskirts of Plymouth, was
purchased to relocate an established business.
On January 29, 1998, a TAC meeting was held to review the request
for a rezoning for that parcel from "Light Manufacturing" (LM) to
"Heavy Commercial" (C2).
On February 17, 1998, notices for a public hearing from the
Amador County Planning Commission were mailed out to all
neighboring property owners. On February 18, 1998, the
complainants received the notice of the Planning Commission
The TAC recommended, and the Planning Commission approved, the
rezoning. On March 31, 1998, the Board of Supervisors approved
the zoning change.
On August 11, 1998, the Planning Commission conducted another
hearing for a request for a "Substantially the Same" finding to
make minor changes. This hearing was to review the request to
relocate the entrance to the parcel and to move the structure
one end of the parcel to the other. This addressed the concerns
expressed at the March 10th hearing. The proposed changes were
approved by the Planning Commission, and later by the Board of
- Deputy County Counsel
- County Planner
Minutes of the TAC meeting of January 29, 1998.
- Minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of March 31,
- Minutes of the Board of Supervisors meting of March 31,
- Minutes of the Planning Commission meeting of August 11,
- Initial request for zoning change, January 13, 1998.
- Mailing lists for the Planning Commission meetings.
The TAC is strictly an advisory body. The members of this
committee represent organizations such as the Air Pollution
Control District, Caltrans, Public Works Agency, Amador Fire
Protection District, and the County Counsel.
- The Amador County Planning Commission has five members
who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Each Board member
appoints one commissioner from his or her district.
- The notices for the Planning Commission are mailed out
to all involved citizens in advance in accordance with the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
- Mailings are not required for TAC meetings. Notices for
TAC meetings are posted outside the County Administration
- The complainants were reasonably satisfied with the
Based on the letters received, and records of attendance at the
Planning Commission meeting, it appears that the property owners
- The TAC considered all technical aspects of the project.
- By stipulating several conditions for the developers,
the Planning Commission appears to have addressed the resident's
- The developer has adequately addressed the concerns of
On zoning change matters, the Planning Commission should extend
the lead time of notices sent out to affected property owners.
- When zoning change matters are referred to the TAC, the
affected property owners should be notified in advance by mail.
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