MMAC Special Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
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put names of presenters
Michael Van Hattem, Cal Dept of Fish & Wildlife
name and agency in chat please
Greg O’Connell, Cal Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Kasey Sirkin, Army Corps of Engineers
Mike Hess, Army Corps of Engineers
Correction: Keith Hess, Army Corps of Engineers
Question: what happens if the regulatory agencies (CDFQ, ACOE) have different assessments of the same wetland?
It would be helpful if the speakers would identify themselves and the organization they work with every time they speak. I am having trouble keeping track of the different agencies and their different viewpoints.
Are there no minutes from the Planning Commission or Board of Supervisor's meetings when these were adopted in the Community Plan? Or from the discussions of the Community Planning group?
preface to 2002 Community Plan mentions dissatisfaction with County Planning and loss of resource properties as reason for more stringent 1 parameter wetland protection.
when looking at wetland impacts under CEQA do we not first look to avoid by identifying alternative actions?
often what happens when there are wetlands is that the area that the state - cdfw or the water board or ccc - would consider wetland is an expanded area over the area that the corps has determined are wetlands under our policy. we don’t necessarily disagree as much as we have different definitions
when looking at 404 wetlands the saying used id avoid impact (use alternatives), minimize impact (if unavoidable) than fully mitigate. have we tried any alternative footprints for Town Center?
CA environmental quality act
With a minimum 1 for 1 replacement requirement contemplated in the proposed policy, would you be concerned about a loss of wetlands?
Panel Question 2: What are the benefits of using a one vs three parameter wetland?
Correction: Keith Hess Army Corps of Engineers
one parameter is most protective—it covers the tradition from 3 parameter to upland
transition not tradition
Panel Question #1: What are the things that you think about when you evaluate projects that impacts wetlands and mitigating for those?
Can the panel briefly address what is involved in mitigation? For example, what sorts of projects or locations would be eligible to be considered mitigation?
avoid, minimize, mitigate in that order
I mean off-site mitigation, sorry
the Corp may need to be involved if there are three parameter wetlands to be filled
okay no response once again—I’ve asked this at least five times in meeting now. why can we not look at alternatives to town center boundary?
Nov13 —we want open space protect wetlands as no 2 and 3
wetlands table led by Maya Conrad realtor
January 8 ignored community audience comment against MMAC action
Sorry - Forgot to thank panelists Supervisor Madrone and John Ford too. Thanks to you both!
Kelley, at this time, we are focusing on the existing Town Center area that has been previously defined in the McKinleyville Community Plan. Thank you for your input and ideas.
thank you Maya, but if you have impacts to wetlands you’ll need to show how you avoided, mimnimizrd prior to impact
is the MMAC going to be asked to concur on this tonight? I sure hope not. per the 2002 community plan over 80 public meetings were held which led to the rewrite of the plan to include the one parameter wetland definition.
What about existing buildings that are within 50 feet of the wetland boundary? I hope they are they going to be allowed to continue as is...
I volunteer as a town planner. I’m qualified. I can help Greg Pierson create a winning wetland mitigation bank money maker on his property. then we’ll get noving on creating a walkable town center heart using the Central Avenue burden area. lastly I’ll help John Ford find a suitable location for low income housing.
This is available on the Town Center webpage at https://humboldtgov.org/2564/McKinleyville-Town-Center-Master-Plan
Here is the link to the draft wetland policy memo https://humboldtgov.org/DocumentCenter/View/90618/Memo-to-MMAC-DRAFT-Town-Center-wetlands-policy-11-18-2020-PDF
Have the agencies provided feedback on the draft wetland policies presented tonight? Will they be given that opportunity before the public review period?
The 3 year requirement in the current standard is not required by any state or federal agency.
as a mitigation specialist— the average cost to mitigate is $750,000 per acre impact
Is the science guiding wetland mitigation so inexact that a 3 year wait is necessary to preserve the environment? Depending on how much of the property is impacted, that delay would deter the senior life plan community, Life Care Humboldt, from building on the portion of the property designated for mid-density housing. We are willing to accept that if the potential environmental degradation is significant.
Usually a higher mitigation ratio is used to account for temporal loss - typically 3:1 or 4:1.
way to go Mary! yes! POTOWAT
Mary Burke - MMAC MCSD
Ratios of 3:1 or more are very rare outside the coastal zone.
ok, then 2:1.
we lost Twila’s audio
I’ve got notes tho
What is the formal process for changing a Community Plan that is part of the General Plan?
Mary Burke - MMAC MCSD
For the GIS map - navigate to McKinleyville and turn on the Natural Resource check box
hey One parameter is real wetland too. listen to sciebtists
I’m certified to do wetland deliberations and I volunteer to help
Scott W Binder
it was announced as 12/2
is that wetland map we saw tonight the final wetland delineation?
Mary your leaving too soon! ❤️