Land Use

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Q and A: Peter Hernandez on hemp

County supervisor shares his concerns, suggests getting creative to counter odor nuisance.

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Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

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An artist rendering of the Wave Bench by Randolph Colosky planned to be installed at Dunne Park. Photo provided by San Benito Arts Council.

Dunne Park getting new benches with artistic twist

Projects are aimed at attracting residents to the grounds while deterring homeless sleepers and vandalism.

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A portion of San Benito Street located between Southside Road and Union Road is part of the list of upcoming road repairs via SB 1 funds. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Supervisors approve road projects for next fiscal year

Funds from SB 1 planned for improvements to Fairview, Union, Hospital, Buena Vista and Southside roads. Repairs range from resurfacing to filling potholes.

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Paicines Ranch hosts events related to agriculture and land management. In-the-field classes make use of the whole ranch, giving participants a hands-on experience. Photo by Leslie David.

Rancher to Rancher Field Day

Free workshop and information sharing for ranchers and livestock managers at Paicines Ranch on April 11.

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The entire proposed concept design for Brigantino Park from a presentation by Kimley-Horn design engineers. Photo by John Chadwell.

Hollister City Council views concepts for Brigantino Park

Park presents a ‘branding opportunity,’ but generating revenue early is critical for success, designers say.

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Supervisors split on hemp moratorium

Motion to temporarily halt plans for industrial cultivation fails. Board will revisit the issue April 16.

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La Casa Rosa on Third Street in San Juan Bautista. The San Juan Bautista City Council voted on April 2 to secure the balcony of the historic building instead of removing it per recommendation from the Historic Resources Board. Photo by Noe Magaña.

San Juan Bautista agrees to secure La Casa Rosa balcony

Residents urge the City Council not to remove the balcony if it isn’t necessary.

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The Hollister School District Board of Trustees was briefed on the status of funding and spending for the new, yet-to-be-named school at Santana Ranch. Photos by John Chadwell.

New school close to being fully funded

Hollister School District anticipates developer fees and a $1 million state reimbursement to make up $455,000 shortfall.

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Third grade students throughout San Benito County learned about local agriculture at the March 19 Farm Day event. Photo courtesy of Kelly Bianchi.

San Benito County participates in Farm Day

Third-graders and 200 volunteers attend 29th annual event at Bolado Park.

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The intersection of State Routes 25 and 156. Construction of a two-lane roundabout is anticipated to begin in June 2021. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Caltrans plans roundabout at intersection of State Routes 25 and 156

High collision rate makes the project a priority, even though it will eventually be removed.

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It is estimated it will take nearly $350,000 to repair a half-mile stretch of John Smith Road. Photo by John Chadwell.

Supervisors aim to expedite improvements for John Smith Road

Board plans April vote to consider spending $350,000 on resurfacing a half-mile strip of road.

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County Agriculture Commissioner Karen Overstreet said only 50 applications will be approved for cultivating cannabis in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

San Benito County to open applications for cannabis business permits

Consultant HdL Companies will handle the initial phase.

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Scott Fuller said the development would cost $400 million to build and pay millions in taxes, while providing hundreds of jobs. Photo by John Chadwell.

Planners okay impact fees for 1,084-unit senior housing project at San Juan Oaks

Deal goes to Board of Supervisors for a vote. Project would eventually build out to over 1,000 housing units, a hotel and a skilled nursing facility.

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Monterey Bay Community Power launches solar incentive program

MBCP says goal of Project Sunshine is support solar installations for up to 20 families.

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Students using teamwork to plant a sage plant. Photo courtesy of Karminder Brown/SBWLG.

Grant helps San Benito students connect to land

Over 100 local fourth graders traveled to the hills above Tres Pinos Creek to work on restoration projects.

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The Newport Pacific Land Company's promotional materials used a technology park in the United Kingdom to demonstrate what the proposed San Benito County facility might look like. Photo courtesy of the Newport Pacific Land Company.

Autonomous vehicle testing facility planned near San Benito County line

Developers have a new vision for Floriani Ranch along State Route 25.

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Supervisor Jim Gillio asked Caltrans representatives to explain to South County residents the plans for the State Route 25 Curve Restoration Project. Photo by John Chadwell.

Cost to fix botched portion of State Route 25 jumps to $11.3 million

Residents are unhappy about the increase and that designs were drawn up before they could weigh in.

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Landowners aim to fight fire with fire

Meeting looks at prescribed burning on county rangelands.

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Temporary signs block the collapsed reroute on State Route 25 in south San Benito County. File photo.

Caltrans to discuss State Route 25 curve restoration project

State transportation agency to get feedback from residents at community input meeting on Monday, March 18.

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