The County's Planning Department has two primary areas of responsibility -- processing permits, and long-range planning for sound land use. Because by law the staff time necessary to process permits is supposed to be paid for by permit applicants and developers, the department's significant budget cuts are affecting long-range planning staff.
cuts are short-sighted
The Planning Office must be more than a permit processing center. It must take steps to preserve hillsides, to stop additional loss of agriculture from our County, and assist in the implementation of urban growth boundaries and well-planned development.
To learn more about this issue, read the letter coauthored by Committee for Green Foothills, Greenbelt Alliance, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, asking the Supervisors to protect funding for the Planning Office.What's happening NEWS FLASH
The Supervisors discussed this at their meeting on Tuesday, August 5, but did not make a decision. They did accept the staff report presented at this meeting, which recommended that the Supervisors make no cuts to the department unless the budget is further cut, which is likely. The staff report did not go so far as to specifically request that the position about to be vacated by a retiring planner be filled.
Supervisor Kniss expressly pointed to the Planning Department as an area that had already been heavily cut, which is a good sign. The Supervisors tentatively plan to make some budget cut decisions at their August 19 meeting, and finalize the cuts in September.
There's still time to speak up. Please let the Supervisors know that you support funding for a strong Planning Office.
1. Write, call, email, or fax the Supervisors.
Liz Kniss Ph
(408)-299-5050 Fax (408) 280-0418
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