The Plumas County Planning Department provides citizens of Plumas County the guidance to develop property following the guidelines outlined in the Plumas County General Plan. This site has been developed to provide information regarding land use and development requirements administered by the Planning and Building Services Departments. In addition, information will be provided about the General Plan Update process, the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and the Airport Land Use Commission.
PERMIT CENTER DAYS OF OPERATION
Since the end of the Beckwourth and Dixie fires, the permit center at 555 Main Street, Quincy has experienced historic levels of phone calls, records requests, emails, and front counter activity creating a reduction of time being applied to permit intake and issuance. To give staff additional time to process either incoming or outgoing permit submittals without interruption, it has become necessary to adjust our office hours. Beginning on May 6, 2022, the Planning and Building offices will be closed to the public on Fridays of every week until further notice. Staff will still be working those days to process permit applications. Building inspections will still be done on Fridays and the drop boxes are still available in Chester or Quincy. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for members of the public wishing to contact the Planning or Building Departments, but after much consideration, staff felt this would be the best short-term solution to prevent a growing backlog. Voice mails and emails sent on Fridays will be returned the following workweek during open office hours. Adding staff was considered, but the time it takes for one staff member to train a new staff member is lost productivity time, which under current conditions only adds to creating a backlog. There has also been great difficulty finding qualified applicants, which is an ongoing issue all employers within the County have been dealing with.
Thank you for your consideration.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
Professional Services for
PLUMAS COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT
- CONTRACT PLANNERS
- SMARA PERMIT MANAGEMENT
- FERC LICENSING MANAGEMENT
- CEQA ENVIRONMENTAL ON-CALL LIST
RFQ Publication Date: SEPTEMBER 13, 2023
RFQ Submission Deadline: OCTOBER 13, 2023
Proposed Title 25 Ordinance - Plumas County Code Title 8 Building Regulations, Adding Chapter 20 and Chapter 21
- Plumas County Code Title 8 Building Regulations, Chapter 20 Limited Density Owner-Built Rural Dwellings in the Unincorporated Areas of Plumas County (Sec. 8-20.01 – Purpose, 8-20.02 – Intent and Application, Sec. 8-20.03 – Definitions, Sec. 8-20.04 – Regulations of Use, Sec. 8-20.05 – Construction Requirements, Sec. 8-20.06 – Fees, Sec. 8-20.07 – Violation Constituting a Public Nuisance, and Sec. 8-20.08 – CEQA)
- Plumas County Code Title 8 Building Regulations, Chapter 21 Limited Density Owner-Built Rural Dwellings with the 2021 Dixie Fire and Beckwourth Complex Fire Perimeters as Delineated by CAL FIRE (Sec. 8-21.01 – Purpose, Sec. 8-21.02 – Intent and Application, and Sec. 8-21.03 – Effective Period)
Microenterprise Business Assistance and Recovery Grant Program
-RELEASED JUNE 26, 2023
-DEADLINE JULY 31, 2023 (CLOSED)
20 total submittals have been notified of awards the week of December 11th, pending grant agreement execution with anticipated award disbursement into 2024.
For questions contact:
Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director
555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971
PUBLIC NOTICE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF PLUMAS, STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
AMENDING PLUMAS COUNTY CODE TITLE 9 PLANNING AND ZONING, CHAPTER 2 ZONING, ARTICLE 4 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS, SEC. 9-2.405 – CAMPING; AND ARTICLE 13 – SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONES (2-R, 3-R, 7-R), SEC. 9-2.1301 – PURPOSE (2-R, 3-R, 7-R); AND ARTICLE 2 DEFINITIONS, ADDING SEC. 9-2.273.5 - “PRIME OPPORTUNITY AREAS”
Board of Supervisors Adopted Ordinance No. 2023-1148
PUBLIC NOTICE - BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
COUNTY OF PLUMAS, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT ZONING ORDINANCE, SENECA HEALTHCARE DISTRICT GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT AND ZONE CHANGE (GPA 8-21/22-01) ORDINANCE NO. 2023-1149 REZONING CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY IS CONSISTENT WITH THE GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT ENACTED BY RESOLUTION NO. 2023-8812
2021 Wildfires Long-Term Recovery Plan Website Link
To keep in touch with the latest in wildfire recovery CLICK HERE.
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ): TO PROVIDE SITE EVALUATION AND DESIGN ALTERNATIVES FOR MULTIFAMILY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation, in cooperation with Plumas County Planning and Behavioral Health departments, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a qualified Professional Engineer (PE) to evaluate the existing site conditions for a specific parcel in Plumas County, Town of East Quincy, to recommend alternatives for a site design that maximizes the parcel for multifamily housing development. The goal is to determine site suitability. Deliverables shall include preliminary site plans and a written report that includes discussion and analysis of alternatives including a recommended course of action.
Tracey Ferguson, Planning Director, Plumas County
555 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971
Allie Campbell, Project Manager, Rural Communities Housing Development Corporation
499 Leslie Street Ukiah, CA 95482
CAL FIRE Releases Updated Fire Hazard Severity Zone State Responsibility Area Map for Plumas County
Office of the State Fire Marshal is undergoing a regulatory adoption process to update the existing map that captures Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ), which is a comprehensive map that ranks California’s State Responsibility Area (SRA)—or rural, unincorporated areas—based on the likelihood different areas will experience wildfire. The last time SRA maps were updated statewide was in 2007.
Proposed Text Changes to Regulations
Initial Statement of Reasons
Proposed Plumas County SRA FHSZ Map
SRA FHSZ Counties Acreage Change Table
Board of Supervisors Comment Letter (March 30, 2023)
Board of Supervisors Comment Letter (August 9, 2023)
Rock Creek-Cresta Project (FERC No. 1962) License Condition No. 4.D Additional Reasonable Water Temperature Control Measures Report
Appendix A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Approving Water Temperature Report Plan and Schedule
Appendix B North Fork Feather River Study Data and Informational Report on Water Temperature Monitoring and Additional Reasonable Water Temperature Control Measures, Amended 2005
Appendix C State Water Resources Control Board Analysis of Temperature Control Alternatives for the North Fork Feather River
Appendix C1 Level 1 and 2 Report
Appendix C2 Level 3 Report
Appendix C3 2012 Supplemental Study
Appendix C4 2016 Supplemental Study
Appendix D Summary of State Water Resources Control Board Evaluations
Appendix E Evaluation of Interim Water Temperature Control Measures
REGIONAL BUILDER & DEVELOPER FORUM (9/29/22)
Plumas County Building Services Director
Chuck White (530) 283-7011, press 1, press 3
PRESENTATION - Daniel Knott, K2 Development Companies
Sierra Pacific Industries Community Relations Manager
Mark Luster (916) 645-1631
SIERRA VALLEY SUBBASIN GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY PLAN (GSP)
In 2014, Governor Brown signed into law a package of bills (Senate Bill 1168, Senate Bill 1319, and Assembly Bill 1739) collectively called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). SGMA intends to create a “framework for sustainable groundwater management and use of groundwater in a manner that can be maintained during the planning and implementation horizon without causing undesirable results.”
The Sierra Valley groundwater basin is a medium-priority basin. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was made and entered into on January 8, 2019, by and between the SVGMD and Plumas County to establish and facilitate a cooperative and ongoing working relationship between the County and the SVGMD, as co-Groundwater Sustainability Agencies, to develop a single Sierra Valley Subbasin GSP.
The purpose of the GSP is to ensure that “sustainable groundwater management” in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is achieved by 2042 and maintained at least until 2072. As required by SGMA, a Sustainability Goal must be developed to fulfill the regulations and culminate in the absence of undesirable results within the next 20 years. The overarching Sustainability Goal for groundwater management in the Sierra Valley Subbasin is: To manage groundwater resources in a manner that best supports the long-term health of the people, the environment, and the economy of Sierra Valley into the future by avoiding significant and unreasonable impacts to environmental, domestic, agricultural, and industrial beneficial uses and users of groundwater.
GSP Annual Report (Water Year 2021)
GSP Annual Report (Water Year 2022)
GSP PUBLIC COMMENT
The Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)—Sierra Valley Groundwater Management District (SVGMD) and the Plumas County Board of Supervisors—adopted by resolution the Sierra Valley Subbasin Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) on January 17, 2022 and January 18, 2022, respectively. The adopted GSP was then submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by the January 31, 2022 deadline.
The GSP official 75-day public comment period has ended, although comments can still be submitted to DWR at the link below:
Click on the blue box in the upper left to “Add Comment.” Fill in the information on the Comment Submission form and click Submit. Note the Comment Submission form includes the ability to upload additional files if desired. All submitted public comments can be viewed on the SGMA Portal and will be posted publicly.
The GSP is provided as a single file on DWR's website at: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/gsp/preview/125
GPS APPROVED BY DWR
On July On July 27, 2023, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced decisions on several Groundwater Sustainability Plans. This included an approval of the SVGSP with recommended corrective actions to be addressed in the next Sierra Valley GSP Update due by January 2027. The corrective actions are consistent with the proposed approach to address data gaps, as described in the Sierra Valley GSP. The areas of corrective actions include:
- further characterization the principal aquifer(s);
- revisiting data considerations for Chilcoot Subbasin;
- refining the undesirable results for the chronic lowering of groundwater levels;
- explaining why 2021 was selected for baseline water quality conditions;
- refining the undesirable results for land subsidence and developing sustainable management criteria based on land elevation changes;
- evaluation of impacts, of groundwater pumping, on interconnected surface waters; continued filling of data gaps and coordinating with others on beneficial uses and users of interconnected surface water that may be impacted by groundwater pumping; and
- updates to the monitoring network.
Excerpt from Letter: The Department of Water Resources (Department) has evaluated the groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) submitted for the Sierra Valley – Sierra Valley Subbasin and has determined the GSP is approved. The approval is based on recommendations from the Staff Report, included as an exhibit to the attached Statement of Findings, which describes that the Sierra Valley Subbasin GSP satisfies the objectives of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and substantially complies with the GSP Regulations. The Staff Report also proposes recommended corrective actions that the Department believes will enhance the GSP and facilitate future evaluation by the Department. The Department strongly encourages the recommended corrective actions be given due consideration and suggests incorporating all resulting changes to the GSP in future updates.
INDIVIDUAL GSP FILES FOR VIEWING/DOWNLOAD
- What is the parcel zoning and APN?
See the Plumas County GIS Map Portal for primary zoning, APN (Assessor Parcel Number), and combining zones in addition to more such as planning area boundaries, planned development designations, airport safety zones, fire districts, water/sewer districts, snow load, supervisorial districts, school districts, hospital districts, and cemetery districts.
- Where else can I find the parcel APN?
Plumas County Accessor Parcel Numbers (APN) and situs addresses can be found on the Plumas County Parcel Quest.
- Can I build a second unit on my parcel?
Provided building requirements can be met, all single-family residentially zoned parcels (2-R, 3-R, and 7-R) can have one primary dwelling unit (no square footage requirement) and one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) of no more than 1,200 square feet and one additional detached dwelling unit on any parcel of twice or more the minimum lot area.
Multiple-family residential zoned parcels can also have ADUs.
All parcels zoned S-1, S-3, R-10, and R-20, are allowed one primary dwelling unit; including an attached additional quarters for living and sleeping purposes (defined as no more than 30% of the primary dwelling unit floor area, excluding garages and carports), and one guest house of no more than 1,200 square feet, and one additional detached dwelling unit on any parcel of twice or more the minimum lot area.
- Does the parcel have any combining zones?
*Flood Plain Combing Zone (FP) regulates development to achieve reasonable safety from flood hazards.
*Special Plan Combining Zone (SP) (DRA, ScA, ScR, HA, HB) administers design review areas, scenic areas, special plan-historical areas, and designated historical buildings.
*Mobile Home Combining Zone (MH) provides for the installation of manufactured homes and commercial coaches on support systems.
*Business Exclusion Combining Zone (BX) - precludes or excludes businesses in the context of the use of land, dwelling units, or appurtenant structures.
*Farm Animal Combining Zone (F) - provides for animal husbandry (large and small).
*Limited Combining Zone (Ltd) - permits and mitigates uses that have the potential to have significant adverse social, economic, or environmental effects, and to implement the General Plan Diagram Directive for industrial areas.