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  • Butte County General Plan 2030 - Planning Commission Mtg Draft Ag Mitigation Ord and Special Events Ord

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  • On Thursday, November 21, 2013 the Butte County Planning Commission will meet in the Butte County Board of Supervisors' Room, County Administration Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville, California to consider the following items at the times shown: 9:00 am: Draft Butte County Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance The Draft Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance (AMO) has been developed to implement Butte County General Plan Action AG-A2.1, which directs that this ordinance be prepared to permanently protect agricultural land of equal or greater value in place of land that is redesignated from agriculture to a non-agricultural general plan designation. The ordinance establishes provisions for agricultural conservation easements as a means of mitigating loss of agricultural land through such redesignation based upon a 2:1 ratio of the amount of land that must be placed under easement to the amount of agricultural land redesignated to a non-agricultural designation. The ordinance sets standards for where the Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance applies; activities that are or are not subject to the AMO; additional sections devoted to Definitions; Mitigation Requirements, Methods of Mitigation including direct acquisition of Land Conservation Easements, In-Lieu Fees, and Mitigation Credit Banking; Eligible Lands that qualify for agricultural conservation easements; process for Final Approval; Agricultural Conservation Easement Requirements; Administration, Monitoring, and Reporting; Stacking of Conservation Easements; and, Agricultural Conservation Easements on Lands Subject to a Williamson Act Contract. This project is considered a subsequent activity that is within the scope of the previously Certified Final General Plan 2030 Program EIR, and no new environmental document is proposed. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15162 and 15168, Butte County finds that this project would not generate any new effects and that no new mitigation measures would be required because the project does not include any effects not already examined in the Final General Plan 2030 Program EIR. The Planning Commission will review the Draft Ordinance and make recommendations for approval to the Butte County Board of Supervisors. 10:30 am: Draft Butte County Special Events Ordinance Public Workshop The Special Events Ordinance establishes standards for the development and operation of special event facilities, applicable to the Agriculture, Timber Mountain, Rural Residential, and Very Low Density Residential zones. A Special Event is defined as a celebration, ceremony, wedding, reception, corporate function, or similar activity that takes place on a periodic basis, involving the gathering of individuals assembled for the common purpose of attending a special event. The ordinance identifies appropriate permit processes, based upon the size of the parcel, number of events, and the number of attendees. The ordinance also includes standards addressing an Event Management Plan, Noise Control, Traffic and Circulation, Neighborhood Notification, Operational Limitations, Public Health, Setbacks, Lighting, Signage, Development Standards Applicable to Agricultural Zones, and Permit Revocation and Modification requirements. These provisions are necessary to reduce impacts to surrounding properties so that special event facilities do not result in the creation of an incompatible land use. The Public Workshop will be used to inform the public concerning this draft ordinance, receive input from the public, provide feedback to the Planning Commission, and to receive further direction from the Planning Commission necessary to finalize the draft ordinance for later consideration by the Planning Commission and adoption by the Board of Supervisors. The public is encouraged to attend and participate in both the Public Hearing for the Draft Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance and the Public Workshop for the Draft Special Events Ordinance. There will be time on the agenda for members of the public to address the Planning Commission. Copies of Draft Agriculture Mitigation Ordinance and Draft Special Events Ordinance are on file and available for public viewing at the office of the Butte County Development Services Department, Planning Division, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, California, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm or by special arrangement. Copies are also available on the Internet at www.buttecounty.net/dds. For further information, call Dan Breedon, (530) 538-7629 (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm) or visit www.buttecounty.net/dds. Comments regarding this meeting may be submitted in writing at any time prior to the meeting at the Butte County Department of Development Services, 7 County Center Drive, Oroville, 95965, or via email to dbreedon@buttecounty.net

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