So when California’s Department of Housing and Community Development politely asks for an accurate inventory of available housing to build on in a particular jurisdiction and you happen to be Humboldt County’s Community Development Director Kirk Girard, you just make shit up. For a long, long time.
When that doesn’t work, you just lie, lie, lie.
And when that shit doesn’t work? Hmmmm.
Well, you probably have to proceed with Plan Z, which is to actually provide a real and accurate inventory of available housing to develop in Humboldt County. Go figure. It’s not like the state, several advocacy groups and a bunch of very concerned citizens have been asking for this sort of data for many years. Girard, who you may remember helped squander several million taxpayers dollars on a pile of shit plan for countywide redevelopment that pissed off everyone from Redway to Manila, is also known for his highly questionable “scientific” modeling that pinpoints ravines, swamps, gullies and already occupied homes for future development. Brilliant!
So, “once the [housing] element has been revised to address these requirements, it will comply with State housing element law.” It can’t be much, right? Girard and crew must have been busy doing some of this work over the past decade while they were racing to complete the General Plan Update. Let’s see… What is the state asking for exactly?
“Include an inventory of land suitable for residential development, including vacant sites and sites having the potential for redevelopment, and an analysis of the relationship of zoning and public facilities and services to these sites (Section 65583(a)(3)). Identify adequate sites which will be made available through appropriate zoning and development standards and with public services and facilities needed to facilitate and encourage the development of a variety of types of housing for all income levels, including rental housing, factory-built housing, mobilehomes, and emergency shelters and transitional housing. The housing element shall contain programs which “address, and where appropriate and legally possible, remove governmental constraints to the maintenance, improvement, and development of housing” (Section 65583(c)(3)).”
I’m sure county staff can whip that up over the weekend and get back to the state by Monday.
Just so you know, when you re-elect Bonnie Neely for the 437th term, this is the sort of shoddy shit you get from a department head who has been protected from getting his sorry ass canned for far too long.