The Merced County Board of Supervisors is set to vote this morning on the status of two developments.
Both projects have been questioned by local environmentalists and slow-growth advocates.
The first vote will determine whether the county signs a development agreement with the developers of a new town on the Westside -- the 1,732-acre Villages of Laguna San Luis, north of Los Banos.
The agreement would lock in current land use rules even though changes to such rules are in the works.
The Laguna San Luis development agreement is meant to assure the developers that the rules won't change on them midstream, said Bill Nicholson, assistant development services director with the county.
"They are asking for a locking in of all the rules when their plan was passed," he said.
Cindy Lashbrook, a planning commissioner who expressed reservations about recommending the development agreement, said she would have liked more time to review the documents. She's concerned with where the development will get water in the future and whether it will have to pay attention to the new land-use rules under the revised general plan update.
"I just saw it as real opportunistic to push this through," she said.
Development agreements at this stage of the process aren't normal, she added.
The second vote will consider an appeal of the planning commission's approval of a 26.9-acre subdivision near Volta. In the same action the board will also consider whether a concrete batch plant should be allowed near the site.
The 26-acre subdivision at the southeast corner of Henry Miller Avenue and Volta Road was appealed by several local activists for lack of environmental oversight.
The supervisors will also vote on a series of other measures. Here is a partial list of the items they will vote on:
To approve a budget transfer of $20,000 for a landfill gas collection system.
To approve a renewal contract with the sheriff to provide meals and laundry service at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Correctional Complex.
To approve a budget transfer of $16,000 for two body-scan metal-detecting chairs. The funds will be offset by the sheriff's Correctional facilities Trust.
To approve a $43,230 plan to repair the main jail exercise yard and wall and security screen.
To authorize the mental health director to use more than $1 million for the purchase of an apartment complex in Los Banos and convert it into low-income housing.
To approve a contract with the Merced County Association of Governments for the Continuum of Care Homeless Project.
The meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. on the third floor of the county administrative building at 2222 M Street in Merced.
Reporter Jonah Owen Lamb can be reached at (209) 385-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.