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continued from previous page resources, especially open space, water resources and water quality in cooperation with state and federal agencies.” At the meeting the board directed staff to add “fisheries habitat” into the new principle. That version places landowner rights ahead of environmental protections, which are left to “a balanced approach.” It doesn’t specify whose definition of balance should be applied. Opinions in this county vary wildly about how best to resolve the opposing values. • Original principle: “Support the county’s economic development strategy and work to retain and create living-wage job opportunities.” • New version: “Support economic development and work to retain and create living-wage job opportunities.” The new principle deletes the county’s role in planning economic development. • Original principle: “Provide a clear statement of land use values and policies to provide clarity in the county’s permit processing system and simplify review of projects that are consistent with the general plan.” • New version: “Provide a clear statement of land use values and policies in the county’s permit processing system and simplify review of projects.” The new principle eliminates the requirement that projects be consistent

with the general plan, which raises the question: Why have a general plan at all? Two principles were changed only slightly. To the one that read, “Adhere to a practical strategy that can be implemented,” the supes added, “utilizing constructive cooperation and common sense.” The added terms are not defined. And they inserted the word “diverse” to create the following principle: “Preserve and enhance the diverse character of Humboldt County and the quality of life it offers.” The extra word seems unlikely to affect policy. Another principle — “Include actionable plans for infrastructure financing and construction” — was simply deleted. And three principles were left unchanged:  • “Ensure that public policy is reflective of the needs of the citizenry as expressed by the citizens themselves.” • “Maximize the opportunities to educate the public about the planning process, in order to have meaningful participation in the development and maintenance of the plan.” • “Support a broad public participation program at all levels of the decision making process; including study, workshops, hearings, and plan revisions.”

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