Butte County supervisors uphold 2012 decision on zoning along green line

Sep 15, 2015 8:26 PM by Brian Doyle

A three year old zoning decision that some say infringes on the so-called “green line” development boundary on Chico’s western edge is going to stay intact.

By virtue of two failed motions, the Butte County Board of Supervisors agreed not to make any changes to a 2012 rezoning that reduced minimum parcel size from five acres to two acres for chunks of land north of Bell Road and East of Muir Avenue, along Chico’s green line.

The green line was approved more than 30 years ago to protect farmland west of Chico from urban development.

Supervisors took up the issue Tuesday because of a challenge from a property owner in the area who claimed that the rezoning was not given proper public notice. County officials disagreed.

Tom Snelling, Butte County Development Services, says there was public notice of the rezoning, but individual property owners were not notified by mail, “so in an abundance of caution, we held extra public hearings with the Board of Supervisors,” Snelling said.

There is now word on whether the land owner that wanted the old zoning restored will take further legal action.


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