County Planning Commission activities

Commission recommends abandoning intersection of Myers, Ohm roads

Last week, the Colusa County Planning Commission adopted a resolution recommending that the county abandon a portion of the public rights-of-way near the intersection of Myers Road and Ohm Road, which meet at Cortina Creek.

The commission approved the resolution 3-0-2, with commissioners Jacob Uhlenkott and Barry Morrell absent. The decision to  will now come before the Colusa County Board of Supervisors, and a public hearing will be held at one of their meetings in August, Community Development Director Greg Plucker said.

The resolution came before the planning commission at the request of a number of property owners in the vicinity of the intersection – O-R Ranch, T&P Farms, Zumwalt Ranches, and Vann Brothers – who submitted a letter to the county’s Department of Public Works explaining that they had experienced issues with trespass, vandalism, poaching and theft. In the letter, which was signed by each of the property owners who use the rights-of-way to access their property, the landowners explained that the county has not maintained the areas to be abandoned for a number of years, and that they have been maintaining the roads to service their farming operations.

“100 (percent) of the property on all sides of Meyers (sic) Road and Ohm Road is privately owned and should only serve as access for individuals who are authorized to be on the mentioned property,” the letter submitted to the county said. “…Unfortunately, individuals who do not own property on Meyers Road and Ohm Road solely use these roads as access to trespass on private property.”

The landowners added that they were had been responsible for maintaining the roads, and that they are willing to employ their own time and funds to maintain them where they would be abandoned. 

In response to the request, the Public Works Department proposed to abandon about 2,600 feet of the Myers Road public right-of-way, beginning 8,000 feet east of Lone Star Road and proceeding east to the intersection of Ohm Road. The proposal also included abandoning approximately 3,500 feet of the Ohm Road public right-of-way, beginning about 12,400 feet north of Hahn Road, and extending north to the intersection of Myers Road. The portions of the roads that the county is proposing to abandon are located in central Colusa County, in an area of large parcels used for intensive agricultural production and natural habitat uses, about 4.4 miles southeast of the City of Williams. 

Public Works staff determined that the proposed project is in conformance with the Colusa County General Plan Circulation Element because it would not adversely impact the circulations system, would not impact the zoning of the affected properties, and would be compatible with the surrounding land uses, and recommended that the commission adopt the resolution. 

Ottenwalters get use
permit for expansion to show pig operation

The planning commission approved a resolution adopting a Categorical Exemption under the California Environmental Quality Act and approving a use permit for Mark and Sandy Ottenwalter, allowing them to continue to operate their show pig business in Colusa. 

Due to a recently proposed expansion – the addition of a 2,432 sq. ft. hog barn – a new use permit was required from the county. The commission found that the use permit was consistent with the county’s General Plan and Zoning Code requirements, that there would be no significant impacts to the environment as a result of the project.

The staff report stated the Ottenwalter’s operation has been a boon to the local economy, drawing “as many as 200 potential buyers from local areas and nationally” for five weekend sale events throughout the year, which has benefited local service-related businesses and created job opportunities for local high school students and students involved in FFA and 4-H. ν

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net