...The MSHCP objections were a sum of questions
rather than answers:
- Wheres the money to fund the estimated $1.5 Billion acquisition
plan to buy 153,000 acres of private land?
- How do we assure that property owners are truly willing sellers?
How do we guarantee they will be paid fair market value for their land
and that they will be paid on a timely basis?
- What will happen to the land after the county purchases it? How
will it be managed? How much will management cost annually? What will
the property tax impacts be to other homeowners and property owners? What
is the overall economic impact of such a program on the county?
- How will this plan be implemented? Who will run the project?
- What scientific proof is there that these lands are needed? What
land do they want?
Instead of the envisioned voluntary incentive based plan
that was to be better than the status quo, this MSHCP proposes
a regulatory quagmire that can impose a land use cloud over hundreds of
thousands of acres of privately held land. Today it is no better than the
dreaded Stephens Kangaroo Rat plan and, in fact, is worse because
it is four and possibly five or six times larger than the SKR program.
It has become a case of the wildlife agencies and
environmentalists saying stop us if you can, says Sharon
Bolton, Executive Director of the Farm Bureau.
The jury is still out on the General Plan prong of the RCIP
but currently requests made by the Steering Committee members, who have been
the key volunteer architects in creating this... Blueprint for Tomorrow,
the Stakeholders are clearly being ignored. Policies have been written by
county senior staff members and forwarded directly to the Board of Supervisors
for approvals in spite of vociferous stakeholder objection. And finally
the transportation corridors element (CETAP) still does not answer long
held questions about relieving freeway congestion in and out of Riverside
As the RCIP shifts gears into the Blueprint and
prepares to start final study, Advisory Committee members find more and bigger
questions loom rather than finding the planning answers originally promised.
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