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~ Land Use and Planning ~


Section 4



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4.1 INTRODUCTION

This plan presents a land use pattern that builds on some of the special physical qualities found within the Township today, and draws upon lessons learned from other rural to semi-rural communities. It establishes an efficient use of land for development in an area that is of significance for its environmental resources of water, views, forest cover, biological resources, clean air, open space values and existing development and infrastructure. It further provides for a mix of uses that give the opportunity to create a more self-sufficient community that is integrated with existing and potential future housing and commercial service opportunities to serve as a buffer of potential growth impacts on the Township's principle neighbor, the City of Willits.

The Township is unique in that it is a recognizable community with a broad array of natural resources available for residents to enjoy. The Township is also unique in that it has never been a suburban community particularly subservient to a larger metropolitan center. Rather, the Township has traditionally served as a community with its own identity within a larger geographic area that includes the City of Willits.

The dynamics of growth within Brooktrails Township as a year-around residential community have placed the Township in a key position with respect to the availability of subdivided land within Mendocino County, and the potential availability of housing with respect to the urbanized area of Willits and rural areas that surround it. For example, the Mendocino County General Plan notes that between the years 1992 and 1997, 537 new residential units will be needed annually in the County. The number of vacant residential parcels located within selected water

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and sewer agencies is the greatest within Brooktrails Township, with over 5,000 vacant parcels, as projected in the Mendocino County General Plan; the community with the next largest assemblage of vacant residential parcels is the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District with approximately 225 vacant parcels. Clearly, Brooktrails Township offers significant opportunity for residential growth and development within Mendocino County.

This chapter describes the location, character and intensity of land uses based on the existing Mendocino County Zoning Ordinance and as envisioned for the Township in the future. Land use issues driving the content of this chapter include existing zoning, property enhancement and planning for the future. Other issues related to land use are discussed in Chapter 6, Environmental Resources, Chapter 7, Community Facilities and Services, Chapter 8, Public Safety, Chapter 9, Cultural Resources and Chapter 10, Community Design.

This chapter also includes the goals as adopted by the Township Community Services District Board of Directors, to achieve the kind of community envisioned by existing owners of record. For this reason, this Plan describes a residential community supported with commercial development in an existing semi-rural setting that will conserve environmental resources, encourage community participation in the planning process and enhance the quality of life in the Township as a whole. Together with the Township Community Design chapter of the Specific Plan (Chapter 10), this chapter establishes certain land use and planning goals necessary for the associated policies to be achieved.

4.2 LAND USE AND ZONING
The Existing Conditions Map, Figure 3-1 in Chapter 3, Brooktrails Township Development, is a diagram of the Specific Plan Study Area. The existing lotting pattern together with currently improved lots as of February, 1995, is as indicated on Figure 3-1. Further subdivision of the Township proper to create additional lots is not envisioned. Rather, certain lots may be joined to create one legally recorded larger lot. On the other hand, some homeowners may wish to

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purchase two or more lots that are adjacent to each other to create larger useable parcels, or to facilitate additional building setbacks for purpose of enhanced privacy. A public entity overseen by the Township Board of Directors, may, at the discretion of the Township, be established to acquire certain parcels to augment and enhance existing Township open space areas for the benefit of the community as a whole (see Chapter 11, Capital Improvements and Financing, for additional information). This would include the acquisition of existing lots that are not realistically developable or improved because of steep slope, soil instability, riparian habitat, faulting or other physical or environmental constraints.

The breakdown of land area indicating existing/designated land use within Brooktrails Township by zoning district is presented in Table 4-1. The Township Specific Plan area is shown on Figures 4-1a through 4-1d and displays existing and designated land uses by zoning district. As indicated in Table 4-1 and on Figure 4-1a through 4-1d, existing land uses by zoning district include public facilities, residential and commercial facilities, and forest land. Figure 4-2 is the Proposed Zoning Map. Figure 4-2 includes existing land uses, rezoned residential and commercial parcels, a proposed new 1,600 acre-foot impoundment for domestic water supply, and circulation and infrastructure improvements to accommodate buildout (see also Chapter 7, Community Facilities and Services, for additional information regarding water supply, circulation and infrastructure improvements).

It should be noted that Table 4-1, Figures 4-1a through 4-1d and 4-2 specifically exclude the Spring Creek and Sylvandale subdivisions, which are also part of the Township as explained previously (see section 2.1, Specific Plan Origination). This Plan addresses the 4,943-acre Brooktrails Subdivision only. Because commercially zoned areas allow residential land uses, certain commercially zoned areas within the Township currently contain residential dwellings where commercial uses could otherwise occur. Zoning is more specifically described herein.

As indicated in Table 4-1 and shown on Figures 4-1a through 4-1d and 4-2, residential land uses are the substance of the Brooktrails community. More than any other use, residential land uses

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express the multi-faceted personality and individual character of the people who inhabit the Township. This is also expressed in the architectural character of the residences constructed within the Township. The residential land use also provides the setting for the development of a sense of place. One of the important purposes of this Plan is to set forth a coordinated vision for the Township as a whole. Existing residential zoning is predominantly single-family residential zoning. The single-family district is envisioned to remain as the primary residential district.

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Zoning Map Figures

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Proposed Zoning Map

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The following zoning designations are currently in effect within the Township. The zoning district information provided in Table 4-2 is as specified in the Mendocino County Zoning Ordinance, Title 20 -- Division I of the Mendocino County Code.

  • R-1 Single-Family Residential
  • R-2 Two-Family Residential
  • R-3 Multiple-Family Residential
  • S-R Suburban Residential
  • C-1 Limited Commercial
  • P-F Public Facilities
  • F-L Forest Land
  • T-P Timberland Production


Areas immediately surrounding Brooktrails Township are zoned R-L Rangeland (livestock grazing, protection of natural resources), T-P Timberland Production (growing and production of timber), S-R Suburban Residential (residential with some commercial uses), and U-R Upland Residential (low-density agricultural/residential uses).

4.3 GOALS AND IMPLEMENTATION POLICIES

Zoning

ZONING GOAL LU-4.1: Zoning shall be predominantly single-family residential.

As noted previously, excluding Public Facilities (PF District) zoned land (2,817 acres as indicated in Table 4-1, inclusive of greenbelt, golf course, community center, Fire Department and water supply/treatment ), single-family residential land use is the primary land use within Brooktrails Township. The Specific Plan area includes 1,613 acres zoned for single-family land use, and 178 acres zoned for two-family and multiple-family residential land use. With an additional 40 acres of Suburban Residential zoned land use, the total residentially zoned area amounts to 1,831 acres consisting of 6,047 lots and 1,238 dwellings for an overall density of 0.68 units per acre of residentially zoned land at the time of preparing the Specific Plan.

At buildout with 4,000 SFRs, there would be 3,815 residential dwellings. There would also


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be 3,673 developed lots with a population of 9,919 individuals. The overall density for

Brooktrails Township Zoning Tables

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residentially zoned land would amount to 2.08 units per acre, and for the planning area as a whole consisting of 4,943 acres, the residential density would amount to 0.77 units per acre. For comparison purposes, a relatively typical low density suburban subdivision would contain from 2 to 5 units per acre.

Thus, even with no adjustments to Brooktrails zoning at this time, zoning would remain predominantly for single-family land use.

ZONING POLICY LU-4.1A

Clarify the existing zoning and the extent of developed commercial areas; consider designation of other necessary commercial areas.

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The C-1 Limited Commercial District includes 73 acres of land containing 146 lots and 40 residential dwellings (see Table 4-1). It should be noted that existing commercial development within Brooktrails Township is limited to a lodge with restaurant and cottages near the community center, and a video rental establishment and convenience food store along Sherwood Road just south of Daphne Way. When the Township was originally laid out by developers, various parcels were designated for commercial uses, consistent with the "Vacation Village" concept. These commercial parcels were scattered throughout the Township for the project seasonal residences and at the time of subdivision design were thought appropriate for automobile service stations and convenience outlets such as food stores.


However, commercial development on many of the commercially designated parcels has not occurred. This is due to several reasons: some commercially designated parcels contain steep slopes which make them difficult to develop, while other parcels are isolated from residential

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development and a source of potential shoppers. In addition, some parcels are heavily forested which would make them difficult to develop, and in some cases the parcels are too small to realistically provide for vehicle parking without extensive grading. Some commercially designated parcels have been developed with residences, based on field inspections in October of 1995. Therefore, some commercially zoned parcels are to be rezoned residential to reflect the existing land use. Table 4-3 outlines existing conditions with respect to commercially designated parcels (refer to Figures 4-1a through 4-1b, Zoning Map, for site-numbering sequence):

Implementation

Because of existing residential development and/or steep terrain, rezone the following sites from C-1 commercial to residential: sites 3, 4, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

  • Year: Prior to 2000. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • County of Mendocino.

Pending future development within the Township, leave the following sites as commercially zoned for future review during periodic five-year updates of the Specific Plan: sites 1, 2, 10 and 11.

  • Year: Ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • County of Mendocino.

ZONING POLICY LU-4.1B

Redesignate remaining, undeveloped commercially zoned parcels to single or two-family residential, as appropriate.


Implementation

As noted above, sites 3, 4, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 are either developed with residential use or are considered too steep for commercial development. These sites should be rezoned to conform with the existing/appropriate land use.

  • Year: Prior to 2000. Implementing Agency/Entity: County of Mendocino.

ZONING POLICY LU-4.1C

Redesignate vacant parcels that are zoned multi-family to single or two-family residential, as appropriate.


At 71 acres (see Table 4-1), R-3 Multiple-Family residentially zoned lands amount to 3.87% of all residentially zoned properties within Brooktrails Township. At 107 acres, R-2 Two Family

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residentially zoned lands amount to 5.84% of residentially zoned properties while at 1,613 acres, R-1 Single-Family residentially zoned properties amount to 88.09% of residentially zoned land within the Township. The remaining 40 acres of S-R Suburban Residential land accounts for 2.18% of the Township's residentially zoned land.

Mendocino County General Plan Housing Policy 1.4, states:

  • Implement the Housing Element goals and objectives through the land use entitlement process by increasing housing opportunities for moderate, lower and very low income and special need populations, facilitating the conservation of housing stock and providing a suitable living environment for all residents."

Retaining the R-3 Multiple-Family zoning designation within Brooktrails would assist the County in achieving its low and moderate income goals as expressed in the Housing Element of the General Plan. Multiple-Family zoning provides the opportunity to erect residential structures that are less costly on a per-unit basis than individual single-family units and would be consistent with General Plan Policy 1.4c which calls for supporting the conservation of affordable housing, and Implementation Measure 1.5.5 to allow increased densities in areas with water and sewer service.

However, an inspection of all R-2 and R-3 zoned lands within the Township during preparation of the Specific Plan revealed that several parcels should be rezoned as follows (see Figures 4-1a through 4-1d for location).

Site A: Approximately 1 acre of this R-3 zoned area is considered too steep for R-3 development and should be rezoned to R-2 (junction of Archer and Madrone Drive).

Site B: Parcel should be rezoned from R-2 to C-1, to reflect use as a real estate office. The site is steep with limited space for any additional development or expansion of the existing facility.

Site C: Rezone the site from R-3 to R-2. The site contains a reasonable amount of space

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for development, but is subject to stormwater flow extending to the creek/riparian corridor. The area is considered sensitive to disturbance, and could generate creek sedimentation.


Implementation

Rezone Sites A, B and C as stated above.

  • Year: Prior to 2000. Implementing Agency/Entity: County of Mendocino.

ZONING POLICY LU-4.1D

Participate with the City of Willits in the land-use planning of Ells Field Airport.

On October 21, 1993, the Mendocino County Airport Land Use Commission adopted the final Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the Boonville, Ells Field, Little River, Ocean Ridge and Round Valley airports.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan sets forth the criteria and policies which the Mendocino County Airport Land Use Commission will use in assessing the compatibility between public use airports in Mendocino County and proposed land use development. The report also notes that the Commission does not have authority over existing incompatible land uses or the operation of any airport.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan specifically pertains to the land uses surrounding five public use airports in Mendocino County, including Ells Field abutting the east side of Brooktrails. A major finding of the Plan was that there are about 100 Brooktrails parcels located within the airport B1 Zone. The B1 Zone is classified as an approach/departure zone adjacent to a runway. The risks involved in a B1 Zone include safety (classified as "substantial risk") because aircraft in this zone are commonly below 400 feet above the ground or within 1,000 feet of the runway, and there is apt to be substantial aircraft noise.

The B1 Zone Compatibility Criteria as specified in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan calls for residential parcels not less than 10 acres in size, and that 30% of the land should be "open." Residential subdivisions are listed as not normally acceptable in the B1 Zone, although single-family homes on an existing lot are normally acceptable (Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Table 2A, page 2-6).

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan states (page 4-2):


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"Although undesirable from a compatibility standpoint, there are only a few modifications which could potentially be achieved through land use regulation to improve the compatibility. Every opportunity should be taken to reduce the number of potential residential units. Approximately 35 of these parcels are designated neighborhood commercial, but are undeveloped. The neighborhood commercial designation permits the development of multifamily housing. Compatibility would be improved if either: multi family housing were prohibited on these lots or the parcels were redesignated for single-family dwellings."

Implementation

The Township will seek to coordinate with the Airport Land Use Commission in evaluating proposed land use development at Ells Field to enhance airport land use compatibility. Under a five year update of the Specific Plan, the County may initiate rezoning of existing commercially zoned parcels within the B-1 zone to single-family residential use. Continued single-family development within the B-1 zone would support this action. Currently, there are a total of 139 parcels within the B1 Zone, 43 of which are improved and 96 of which are unimproved (have no residences).

  • Year: Ongoing for review of new development, 2000 for rezoning if warranted.
  • Implementing Agency/Entity: County of Mendocino.

Redevelopment

REDEVELOPMENT GOAL LU-4.2: Redevelopment shall adhere to the need for improving developed properties, the needs of the community and natural environment.

Brooktrails Township does not contain a Redevelopment District under California law with special funding mechanisms. Rather, "redevelopment" as used in this Specific Plan refers to existing properties that may need enhancement for their best use and/or appearance. The following policies apply:

REDEVELOPMENT POLICY LU-4.2A

Encourage the private development and enhancement of the Brooktrails Lodge in a manner that would encourage utilization of the Lodge, cottages and restaurant by local residents and non resident property owners. Such development should be compatible with historic levels and types of use.

REDEVELOPMENT POLICY LU-4.2B

Encourage the renovation and operation of the Brooktrails Lodge recreation area, inclusive of the swimming pool, tennis courts, and picnic grove.


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The Brooktrails Lodge is a privately owned facility located immediately south of the community center fronting the east side of Birch Street. The lodge building contains a restaurant and 20 overnight units, and 14 cottage units available for rent to the public. The recreation area, inclusive of a swimming pool, tennis courts and picnic grove located on the west side of Birch Street opposite the lodge, is currently not used and is closed to the public. These recreational facilities were at one time associated with use of the lodge and cottages.

Steep slopes and traffic along Birch Street restricts the free movement of pedestrians between the lodge, cottages and recreation facilities associated with the lodge.

Implementation

Operational plans of the lodge owner/operator will need to be determined, and a program for facilities enhancement and use encouraged as warranted. At the discretion of the District, technical and business administrative assistance may be offered. If the lodge recreation area can demonstrate public and/or community recreation use in the future under a plan of lodge and facility enhancement, rezone the recreation area to Commercial Recreation (CR District) to ensure continued recreation priorities. The use of conservation easements may be employed to ensure protection of the existing redwood trees in the lodge area (see the discussion on Development Reduction in this Chapter regarding implementing conservation easements, Goal LU-4.5 and Policy LU-4.5A).

  • Year: ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors.

REDEVELOPMENT POLICY LU-4.2C

Explore private development of a facility for seniors within Brooktrails that would allow seniors who do need extra care, to live within the Township in exchange for trading in their lot.

Implementation

At the discretion of the District Board, a volunteer Advisory Committee consisting of Brooktrails property owners may be formed for assessing the needs and desires of the community's senior citizens as warranted. The Committee would be responsible for formulating a program for seniors with special needs, including potential development of a facility for seniors, in exchange for property to finance the creation and maintenance of such a facility. In certain cases, seniors may request and arrange for home care for the duration of life in exchange for their property.

  • Year: ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors with assistance from the Advisory Committee.

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Future Planning

FUTURE PLANNING GOAL LU-4.3: Township evaluation and data collection shall be a continuing process as the Township experiences growth.

FUTURE PLANNING POLICY LU-4.3A

Provide for the continuous collection of environmental data, conduct periodic analysis and prepare an Annual State of the Environment Report to the Brooktrails Township Community Services District Board of Directors with recommendations.

FUTURE PLANNING POLICY LU-4.3B

Provide for the continuous collection of planning data, conduct periodic analysis, and prepare an annual Planning Report to the Brooktrails Township Community Services District Board of Directors with recommendations.

Implementation

At the discretion of the Township Board of Directors, volunteer Advisory Committees consisting of Brooktrails property owners may be formed for collecting data and reporting on environmental conditions and planning data. This subject regarding environmental conditions is discussed further in Chapter 6 of this Specific Plan, Environmental Resources. The Advisory Committees would be responsible for formulating programs for the systematic collection of data relating to environmental conditions and planning data, and preparing the annual reports. Environmental data would include data relating to vegetative and wildlife resources, drainage, air quality, noise, hydrology and water quality, visual quality and community character, traffic and safety, and other areas of concern to the community.

Planning data would relate to the amount of new construction occurring in any given year, plans for new construction around Ells Field, improvements (proposed and actual) to vehicular and pedestrian circulation systems, and capital improvement projects, both existing, proposed and/or considered needed.

  • Year: Ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors with assistance from the Environmental and Planning Advisory Committees.

 
FUTURE PLANNING POLICY LU-4.3C


Evaluate compliance with the provisions of the Specific Plan annually.

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Implementation

The Planning Advisory Committee noted above would be responsible for monitoring and providing an update of compliance with the provisions of this Plan in their annual report to the Township Board of Directors. Any recommendations for updating the Specific Plan would be included in the annual report.

  • Year: Ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors with assistance from the Planning Advisory Committee.


Relationship to Surrounding Jurisdictions

SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS GOAL LU-4.4: Brooktrails Township shall seek to strengthen relationships with neighboring communities and jurisdictions.

Refer to Chapter 2, Specific Plan section 2.5, Relationship to Jurisdictions and Plans, for a discussion of jurisdictions adjacent to and surrounding Brooktrails Township.

SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS POLICY LU-4.4A

Actively participate with the City of Willits in effectively and efficiently providing public facilities and services to our communities.


SURROUNDING JURISDICTIONS POLICY LU-4.4B

Actively participate with the County of Mendocino in effectively and efficiently providing and utilizing public facilities and services.

The provision of public facilities and services (sewage treatment, roads, medical care, police protection, solid waste removal, etc.), is discussed in Chapter 7 of the Specific Plan, Community Facilities and Services. A number of agencies and organizations provide facilities and services to the Township, which are discussed in Chapter 7. The City of Willits provides wastewater treatment to Brooktrails Township. Secondarily, many of the goods and services needed by Township residents are provided through commercial enterprises located in Willits.

Under Future Planning Policy LU-4.3C noted above, which calls for evaluating compliance with the provisions of the Specific Plan on an annual basis, the needed participation with the City of Willits and County of Mendocino in the provision of public facilities and services would be documented annually. Implementing the various goals and policies of the Specific Plan itself will require coordination and discussion with the City of Willits and Mendocino County, particularly with respect to planning, rezoning, roadway improvements and the provision of public facilities and services.


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Development Reduction

DEVELOPMENT REDUCTION GOAL LU-4.5: The Township shall seek to reconfigure land parcels that afford greater protection of public health and safety in high constraint areas as well as the protection and conservation of important environmental resources.

DEVELOPMENT REDUCTION POLICY LU-4.5A: Establish measures for voluntarily reconfiguring land parcels, including lot mergers, conservation easements, and financial programs.

DEVELOPMENT REDUCTION POLICY LU-4.5B: Support the waiver of lot merger fees if lot merger requests are presented in either of two semi-annual group applications.


Given the need to reduce development to the target level of growth, the Township will initiate voluntary development reduction methods. The Township intends to establish measures designed to respond to a range of property owner objectives. Financial incentives would be for those people who are in a hurry for financing loan reasons or otherwise, and the group applications as specified in Development Reduction Policy LU-4.5B would be for those people interested in saving money. District staff would be trained to accept and transmit the applications at specific times, such as February and September or as otherwise specified by the County. Measures that are considered include:

  • Township administered lot mergers.
  • Township sponsored conservation easements.
  • Township administered financial programs.


Lot Merger Program

The Brooktrails Township would establish an implementing agency/entity, or would work with a designated land trust that will operate a "Merger Process." The designated implementing agency/entity (herein "entity") would establish a voluntary program of measures for merging lots as described below.


Implementation

  • Entity becomes involved in providing useful information to promote transactions aimed at achieving Brooktrail's development reduction goals.
  • Entity develops an incentive program for voluntary mergers. The following types of incentives would be used:


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Township-sponsored lot easements;

Township-sponsored conservation easements;

Township assumption of costs of mergers and/or conservation easements;

Township-sponsored staff training for accepting and transmitting application for lot mergers to the County of Mendocino.

Township loans for private lot acquisitions; and
Development fee credits for voluntary development reduction.

  • Entity provides some staff support for reconfiguring viable parcels so that merged lots will have usable/buildable building area envelope, and to encourage placement of conservation easements over areas that are environmentally sensitive such as riparian corridors.


This voluntary program would be in place for a period of time (for example 5 to 10 years), or until such time the voluntary program requires updating and/or amendment during periodic updates of the Specific Plan.

  • Year: Ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors.

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Conservation Easement Program

A conservation easement is a legal agreement a property owner makes to restrict the type and amount of development that may take place on his or her property.

By granting an easement in perpetuity, the owner may be assured that the resource values of his or her property will protected indefinitely. Properties with significant conservation preservation values can be protected by an easement. A conservation easement in this case is also viewed as a mechanism to supplement a lot acquisition program for the purpose of development reduction. There are also property tax incentives available under a conservation easement program.

Adoption of the Specific Plan by the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors establishes the use of conservation easements in areas critical to fire hazard abatement, as a means of protecting public health and safety in high constraint areas, and for conserving environmental resources throughout the Township (refer to the Draft EIR for a discussion of environmental impacts and mitigation measures, including section 3.2.3, Biological Resources).

Implementation

The Township will seek to encourage the development of a conservation program. The following initial steps would be necessary in establishing the program.

  • Define the goals of the program consistent with Development Reduction Goal LU-4.5 and Policy LU-4.5A.


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  • Define the criteria for developing and accepting easement proposals.
  • Establish the legal and procedural framework to form conservation easements.
  • Prepare the legal documents suitable for application to properties within the Township.
  • Specify other governmental agencies, if any, that will need to be aware of the conservation easement program.
  • Determine the need for services to implement the conservation easement program such as legal counsel, mapping and appraisal services.
  • Consult with Mendocino County to determine the level of County participation including coordination with the Recorder's and Assessor's offices for placement of easement deed restrictions and adjustments to property assessments for tax purposes.
  • Identify areas suitable for establishing conservation easements.
  • Year: Ongoing.
  • Implementing Agency/Entity: Township Board of Directors.

Financial Programs

Market Facilitation

Market facilitation emphasizes providing useful information to promote transactions aimed at achieving Brooktrail's development reduction goals (see Lot Merger discussion above).

Implementation

At the discretion of the Board of Directors, the District may undertake the following:

  • Maintain up-to-date Assessor's and lot ownership information.
  • Identify lot merger opportunities and inform potentially interested parties.
  • Inform absentee owners about development reduction incentives.
  • Coordinate with local realtors interested in brokering transactions resulting in a merger or conservation easement.
  • In addition, the Township will fund annually 50% of the cost of 40 lot merger applications each fiscal year.
  • Year: Ongoing.
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  • Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township General Manager at the Direction of the Board of Directors.

Financial Incentives

The Township intends to investigate the use of financial resources to promote the development of reduction activities.

Implementation

The Township intends to investigate the feasibility of 1) covering part or all of the administrative costs of lot mergers and/or conservation easements, and 2) providing low interest loans used to finance lots acquired by individuals with the intention of merging or forming conservation easements. In either case, the Township would need to allocate budget for these purposes, if implemented.

  • Year: Ongoing. Implementing Agency/Entity:
  • Township Board of Directors.
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