"Minor" subdivisions of land

Marcie Rosenzweig fullcircle at jps.net
Tue Aug 14 09:07:45 EDT 2001

Hello folks,

Our local Ag Commission along with our local Land Trust are trying to 
develop some sort of points system to act as a gudieline to the 
Planning Commission when the PC considers "minor" subdivisions of 
agriculturally-zoned parcels.   One of the insideous ways we're 
losing our ag lands is that someone will take, for instance an 
80-acre parcel and ask for a variance to split it into 4 20-acre 
parcels.  Several years later, the owners of one of the 20-acre 
parcels will ask for a variance to split it into 2 10-acre parcels. 
Because these are "minor zoning variances" there's a "nail and mail" 
notification.  i.e. contiguous property owners get mailed a hearing 
notice (ususally conveniently scheduled for mid-morning of a week 
day) and an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet gets nailed to a fence post on the 
parcel for 30 days prior to the hearing,  effectively limiting public 

Obviously, in spite of the general plan language to support 
agriculture , the aggregate of these minor variances are severely 
limiting the economics of agricultural  parcels remaining.

Has anyone worked on this problem in your area?  What did you come up with?


Marcie A. Rosenzweig
Full Circle
3377 Early Times Ln
Auburn, CA  95603-7900
(530) 885-9201

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