The Planning Division of the Community Development Department administers and enforces zoning and subdivision regulations in accordance with the Del Norte County General Plan, Local Coastal Program, and applicable state laws. The Division is responsible for processing applications for development permits and providing public information on the general plan, zoning, and subdivision matters. This Division seeks to protect and preserve the high quality of the County's natural and built environments.
The Planning Commission has returned to meeting in person. For those who plan to attend in person, meetings are held at the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at the Flynn Administrative Building, 981 H Street, Suite 100, Crescent City. For those who are unable to attend in person, public participation is still available through Zoom. Please see the link below to Planning Commission Zoom Webinar.
The County of Del Norte is eligible to receive a grant award under the Tribal and Rural Funding Allocation from the Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program (REAP 2.0). The principal goal of REAP 2.0 is to make funding available to Tribal and Rural Entities for transformative planning and implementation activities that meet housing and equity goals and reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Per Capita. The purpose of this email is to solicit your input into the County’s proposed project.
Washington Boulevard Culvert Replacement Project
The Washington Boulevard Culvert Replacement Project includes replacing an existing culvert crossing Washington Boulevard east of Harrold Street. The existing culvert is a 24-inch corrugated metal culvert, 125 feet in length, and 25 feet below the existing road surface. The Del Norte County Board of Supervisors recently authorized an agreement for the environmental, permitting, and design of the replacement culvert. Once completed, the project will require construction funding for implementation, which is currently unfunded. Replacement of the culvert would preserve existing housing stock in an area of concentrated poverty and preserve existing housing choices in the form of some of the most affordable housing in the county. Additionally, Washington Boulevard is a major collector that provides access to a number of critical facilities, including a large concentration of medical facilities surrounding the channel and the Jack McNamara Field airport to the west. Failure of the culvert is likely to cut off access between many residential areas and critical facilities and work centers, leading to increased vehicle miles traveled in the form of significant numbers of detours during the length of emergency repairs.
Comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. The Community Development Department plans to seek the Board of Supervisors’ approval to submit the application on December 13, 2022. The preliminary engineer’s estimate for the culvert replacement is $2,500,000. If authorized to apply, the staff proposes to apply for the full amount. In the event that the project is not funded or partially funded, staff will be seeking other funding options as well.
In the Board Report, it is noted that comments regarding the project proposal will be considered until the close of business on December 28, 2022. The point of contact for the proposal is Heidi Kunstal, Community Development Director, (707) 464-7254 or email@example.com.