Sierra Pacific Industries Settles Case, Withdraws Bid to "Upzone" 34,000 Acres of Forests in 6 Northern Calif. Counties
Two Sierra Nevada environmental groups have settled lawsuits challenging the rezoning of 12,541 acres of timberland owned by Sierra Pacific Industries, the largest private landowner in
Sierra and Lassen counties are among eight
After 10 years, the company could request new zoning designations that permit development.
With the settlements in Sierra and Lassen counties, only Tehama and Shasta counties have authorized the company's rezone requests on a combined 6,339 acres.
Sierra Pacific recently withdrew applications for rezoning 34,237 acres of timberlands in
Although it has no plans for development, the company is not abandoning zoning changes on some of its 1.7 million acres, Pawlicki said.
Instead of a piecemeal approach, company officials want to take a more comprehensive view that adheres to the legal processes required by state environmental laws, he said.
County planning staff doesn’t think any development is foreseen for the thousands of acres of SPI’s forest lands that they are rezoning in Sierra County...