Planning Department

The Plumas County Planning Department provides citizens of Plumas County the guidance to develop property following the guidelines set forth 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 pertaining to the General Plan Update process, the Planning Commission, Zoning Administrator, and the Airport Land Use Commission.

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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. In order 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 pubic 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, that 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.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE: 

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2022 MASKS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED IN INDOOR PUBLIC SETTINGS AND BUSINESSES PER THE CA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH BUT NOT REQUIRED FOR ANY PERSONS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

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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). The intent of SGMA is 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) 

SV GW Basin_5-012.01_WY_2021_AnnualReport_04.01.22

GSP NOW AVAILABLE FOR 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 is now under review by DWR and open to public comment during the official 75-day public comment period, which ends on April 23, 2022. 

Comments can be submitted at the following link: https://sgma.water.ca.gov/portal/gsp/comments/125 

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. Comments may be submitted after April 23, 2022 and DWR will consider them as time permits.  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

INDIVIDUAL GSP FILES FOR VIEWING/DOWNLOAD


Front Cover/Acknowledgements/List of Acronyms/Signatures

Executive Summary

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Plan Area

Chapter 3 – Sustainable Management Criteria

Chapter 4 – Projects and Management Actions

Chapter 5 – Plan Implementation

Chapter 6 – References

Appendix 1-1 GSA Submittal to DWR

Appendix 1-2 GSA Memorandum of Understanding

Appendix 1-3 SVGMD Policy Manual

Appendix 1-4 SVGMD Purchasing Policy

Appendix 1-5 GSP Preparation Checklist

Appendix 2-1 DMS Technical Memorandum

Appendix 2-2 Brief History of Ramelli Ranch Vicinity

Appendix 2-3 Communications & Engagement Plan

Appendix 2-4 Comment Response Summary

Appendix 2-5 Data Gaps and Monitoring Plan

Appendix 2-6 Water Quality Assessment

Appendix 2-7 Sierra Valley Hydrogeologic System Model and Water Budget Report

Appendix 3-1 Well Impact Analysis

Appendix 3-2 Historical Groundwater Levels

Appendix 3-3 GDE/NDVI Assessment

Appendix 5-1 Funding Options Technical Memorandum

Appendix 5-2 Annual Reporting Template

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