In March 2004, the County Board of Supervisors passed
the following Guiding Principles for the General Plan Update. Healthy
Humboldt Coalition is urging the County to continue following these
principles to ensure a General Plan that works for our community’s
• The plan must work to preserve the unique character of Humboldt and the quality of life we enjoy.
• The plan must provide sufficient developable commercial, industrial, and residential land, and policies to address the current scarcity of affordable housing and prevent scarcity under a range of population growth scenarios.
• The plan must ensure efficient use of water and sewer services and focus development in those areas and discourage low density residential conversion of resource lands and open space.
• The plan must include actionable plans for infrastructure financing and construction.
• The plan must support the County’s economic development strategy and work to retain and create living wage job opportunities.
• The plan must contain long-term agriculture and timber land protections such as increased restrictions on resource land subdivisions and patent parcel development.
• The plan must include unambiguous natural resource protections; especially for open space, water resources, water quality, scenic beauty and salmonids.
• The plan must be practical and actionable.
• The plan must provide a clear statement of County land use values and policies to provide clarity in the County’s permit processing system and to simplify review of projects that are consistent with the General Plan.
Enacting a strong County
General Plan is one of the most important
ways we can protect Humboldt County's natural
treasures for future generations. The
County Board of Supervisors must make
the tough choices necessary to protect
our air, land and water, support affordable
housing for our residents and workers
and preserve our working farms, forests and ranchlands.
Make your voice heard by writing a letter to the Board of Supervisors or giving public comment at a hearing.