Site plan for Strada Verde Innovation Park. Image courtesy of Newport Pacific Land Company.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde project in limbo; developers weigh options

Despite rejection of Measure N in November, plans could still be approved through a normal permitting process.

The old designs for the proposed park. Image from meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SJB likely to change Franklin Circle Park design

Though the Planning Commission adopted plans in December, community members prefer an alternative option.

Members of Preserve Our Rural Communities and Protect San Benito held a mock funeral procession from San Benito County Superior Court to the county administration building on Jan. 5. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Environmentalists protest development moves

Land use group says supervisors and developers have eroded their success with the No on Measure K initiative from the March primary election.

Larry Avira has been homeless for seven years and lives on beyond the wall of a subdivision of new homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

The wall between home ownership and homelessness

Homeowners claim DeNova Homes misled them about the homeless situation near new homes and they fear those who live by railroad tracks.

A "For Rent" sign posted on the yard of the Westside Estates apartment complex. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Rental assistance ending for San Benito families

New federal relief package may extend program, but it may not prevent some county residents from being evicted.

Fabiola Ramirez with her four children. Photo courtesy of Fabiola Ramirez.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: Families on the edge

Lower income families can’t juggle COVID-19 state demands with day to day needs.

Proposed node at Highway 129/Searle Road. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Supervisors rezone second Hwy 101 node for commercial use

Group cites environmental concerns in their opposition to developing the area.

Matthew Sanchez said he hopes to begin rebuilding by next summer. He enlisted local architect and Hollister Planning Commissioner David Huboi to draw up the design. Design courtesy of David Huboi.

Housing / Land Use

Owner of 435 San Benito St. to rebuild after July 12 fire

Matthew Sanchez is a third-generation Hollister resident who enlisted a local architect and planning commissioner to design a new building.

The old designs for the proposed park. Image from meeting agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SJB Planning Commission approves design for Franklin Circle park

Features include bocce ball court and barbeque pit.

Proposed commercial node site for SR129/Searle Road. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission recommends zoning change for Hwy 129 node

Development area reduced to 21.1 acres.

Government / Politics

San Benito County extends Rental Assistance Program

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The intersection of San Felipe Road and Highway 156. The plan is to bring the intersection into city limits for a proposed vehicle testing facility known as the Hollister Research Campus. Image courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Another vehicle research facility on the horizon

Hollister City Council unanimously approves pre-zone for new car campus.

Fields near San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

BL Special Report: Why is prime agricultural land important, and what measures are in place to keep it?

Tax incentives and environmental reviews slow the pace of development.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County offers COVID-19 related rental assistance

Deadline to apply is Nov. 6.

The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.