Once again siding with the dominant Developers cabal, here in Humboldt County, on March 19 2014 Chair Rex Bohn wrote a letter on behalf of the Board of Supervisors of Humboldt County in Opposition to AB 1961 – The Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act
Summary- AB 1961 would require counties to develop a Sustainable Farmland Strategy (SFS), which includes maps of agriculturally -‐ zoned lands and local goals, policies and ordinances for the retention and mitigation of agriculturally -‐ zoned lands.
The Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act creates opportunities at the county level to discuss and plan for the long -‐ term retention of farmland, while maintaining flexibility and local control of land use planning decisions.
AB 1961 would require that, by January 1, 2018, counties develop a Sustainable Farmland Strategy (SFS), which inventories agriculturally -‐ zoned land, describes the local goals, strategies, and related policies and ordinances to retain agriculturally -‐ zoned lands where practical, and mitigate the loss of agriculturally -‐ zoned lands.
The SFS will be posted on the county’s website. Counties with less than 4 percent of their land base in agriculture are exempt. Counties will have the option of complying with the SFS requirement by relying on existing inventories and maps of agricultural lands and existing goals, strategies and related policies and ordinances that substantially comply with the provisions of the bill. The bill also requires the Office of Planning and Research to include best practices that support farmland conservation in its next update to the General Plan Guidelines.
This concept of retaining our agricultural land base is supported by the vast majority of county residents.
Here your chance to weight in let the State Assembly know Rex doesn’t speak for the majority of citizens in Humboldt County.
Write your own Letter refuting the supervisors here is a template
SAMPLE LETTER – AB 1961 – Please use your own words as much as possible.
Please send to Victor Francovich via FAX: 916-319-2184
The Honorable Susan Talamantes Eggman
State Capitol, Room 2003
Sacramento, CA 94249-0013
RE: SUPPORT – AB 1961
Dear Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman,
On behalf of ____ (person,organization/business), in Humboldt County, California; (we/I) write in support of AB 1961, the Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act. The Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act creates opportunities at the county level to discuss and plan for the long-term retention of farmland, while maintaining flexibility and local control of land use planning decisions.
Please disregard the letter from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors chair Rex Bohn, It does not reflect the true sentiments of the people here, just a small group of property rights zealots and developers.
California is home to one of the world’s five Mediterranean-climate growing regions, enabling year-round agricultural production. California is the number one agricultural state in the country, generating over $40 billion in sales on over 25 million acres. Recent studies find that agriculture provides multiple benefits to the state, including climate protection. Research funded by the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program found that an acre of irrigated cropland emits 70 times fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than an acre of urban land.
This finite resource is fundamental to our agricultural economy and food security. But despite its significance to our state, we continue to lose farmland to non-agricultural uses at an alarming rate of 30,000 acres annually.
Counties have jurisdiction over the majority of the state’s agricultural land and play a vital role in regulating the use of land, including the development and conservation of agricultural lands. AB 1961 creates the opportunity at the county level to discuss and plan for the future of our agricultural lands.
Thank you for your leadership in authoring AB 1961, the Sustainable Farmland Strategy Act. We look forward to working with you to support its passage.
Person or Organization/business