Support of aesthetic and economic utilization of Humboldt County land resources which should be protected by thoughtful planning with full consideration of present and future needs.
Position In Brief:
- Planning for residential, commercial and industrial developments in urban and adjacent areas should include establishment of procedures for aesthetic review of new developments in the Humboldt Bay area, provide for natural open spaces, preserve ecologically valuable and scenic areas, and encourage preservation of historical sites and buildings.
- Extension, development and promotion of Humboldt Bay recreational activities with further development in all county beach areas being compatible with the natural terrain.
- Acquisition of more beach property by the county with the first priority being land still in its natural state; education of the public in the care of beaches; provision of more maintenance of county beach parks; enforcement of anti-littering ordinances; encouragement of public access (visual and physical) to Humboldt Bay and bay oriented activities, consistent with conservation of wild life.
- Prohibition of motorized vehicles from public beaches and provision of other areas for their uses. This prohibition shall not apply to vehicles which ingress and egress the beaches for the purposes of: Rescue, retrieval of gear by fisherman, legal commercial fishing, and legal salvage of materials by local "split makers" and driftwood gatherers who sell materials for income or to supplement income. The amount of material removed should be monitored to determine that its removal is not environmentally damaging. Off road vehicles should not be allowed in areas such as dunes, where their use will damage the environment or endanger pedestrians or equestrians also using the beaches.
- Preservation of agricultural land, whenever possible, as a land use priority.
- Coordinated interagency planning and action are critical to successful management and to the accomplishment of the following objectives:
Rivers and streams should be left in their natural states whenever possible, with each case considered on its own merits. Total watershed management, including preservation and restoration, should be coordinated by qualified professionals so that economic interests, aesthetic issues, and health concerns can exist in harmony in our county and our future water supply can be provided adequately.
Restoration is no substitute for adequate protection of existing healthy streams. We support restoration of degraded streams, provided existing healthy stream sections are protected. County general plan should include stream protection zones. Greenbelts and trails along urban stream corridors are desirable because they increase public awareness and appreciation of the importance of streams.
- Implementation of recreational zoning as shown on the general plan.
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