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East Oroville Unincorporated Area Rezoning

Butte County is proposing to rezone and amend the General Plan designation for approximately 290 parcels totaling approximately 1,200 acres located in the unincorporated north Oroville area, west of Kelly Ridge.  These parcels are proposed to have a change in zoning from LDR (Low Density Residential, allowing up to 3 dwelling units/acre) to VLDR (Very Low Density Residential - 1-acre minimum parcel size). The VLDR General Plan designation and zone is recommended for most parcels in this area that are 1-acre or more in size, due to their rural nature and lack of services.  However, smaller parcels in this area that are less than 1-acre in size will continue to be zoned and designated LDR.

The General Plan Amendment and Rezone (GPA/RZ) is being proposed to better reflect the character and land uses in this area as supported at a community meeting held by the Development Services Department on June 22, 2015 (see below).  This GPA/RZ will not change the provisions for residential uses.  Single family residential development is a permitted use in both the LDR zone and proposed new VLDR zone.  This amendment is proposed to more accurately reflect the rural land uses, development patterns, and lack of municipal sewer service within this area.

The area affected by the proposed General Plan Amendment and Rezone is located in the unincorporated area generally east of the City of Oroville, south of the Thermalito Diversion Pool, west of Kelly Ridge, and north of Olive Highway (SR-162), with parcels served primarily by Ward Boulevard, Plumas Drive, Putnam Drive, Belden Court, Canyon Drive, Candy Drive, Sidney Drive, Walnut Avenue, Sharlo Lane, Glen Drive, Glenview Way, Rusty Dusty Road, Post Lane, Almond Avenue, Hillcrest Avenue, Hastie Way, Ridgeview Lane, Riverview Drive, Ridgeview Lane, Wally B Lane, Heritage Road, Palermo Drive, Nash Lane, Pinenut Way, Duke Lane, Sharp Road, Field Drive, Ruggle Road, Valade Court, Hosanna Way, Teancum Court, Ridge Way, Riverview Court, Town View Drive, Quincy Place, and Solana Drive; also including an area generally south of SR-162, north and west of Skyline Blvd. and with parcels served primarily by Quail Ridge Road, Quail Hill Place, Oropond Way, Hillock Way, Janice Way, Hawkridge Lane, Quincy Place, and Apica Avenue.  Parcels served by other minor roads and easements may also be subject to this project.

September 13, 2016 Board of Supervisors Hearing (coming soon)

June 30, 2016 Planning Commission Public Hearing

The Butte County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the County initiated General Plan Amendment and Rezone (GPA/RZ) for properties located in the East Oroville Foothills area, on June 30, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Butte County Board of Supervisors’ Room, County Administration Center, 25 County Center Drive, Oroville.

June 22, 2015 Community Meeting

A community meeting was held on June 22, 2015 to answer questions and take public comment on the proposal.  The residents and property owners present at the meeting expressed a consensus that a change to VLDR, with a minimum parcel size of 1.0 to 2.5 acres, was more appropriate for the acre than a Rural Residential (RR) designation with a 5-acre minimum parcel size.

This change in land use requires an amendment to the County’s General Plan from LDR to VLDR and a corresponding rezone from LDR to VLDR, to be reviewed by the Butte County Planning Commission and approved by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The Planning Commission will make recommendations to the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The Board of Supervisors will then hold a public hearing to formally consider adoption of the proposed amendment.  All members of the public are invited to attend the community meeting and the future public hearings. It is anticipated that this process will take approximately 6 months and will be ready for review by the Board of Supervisors in late 2015.

More Information

If you have any questions concerning this proposal please contact Principal Planner Dan Breedon, or by phone at (530) 538-7629 (Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm).  You may also follow this link to subscribe to the East Oroville Unincorporated Area Rezone Email List to be notified of future meetings and progress with this proposal. 


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