There are only a couple dozen homes completed at Twin Oaks, with a goal of 170. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Hollister turns down impact fee reduction for senior housing development

Developer argues he should not have to pay a $2.2 million park fee as the project includes a community center for its residents.

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.

Image from agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Planning Commission approves 149-unit project

Affordable units will be deed-restricted for local residents.

The 9.3-acre Woodle property is located at 1070 Buena Vista Road and is near Calaveras Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Google Earth.

Housing / Land Use

Land annexation defeated in defiance of state order

Hollister City Council splits vote for project that proponents say cannot be legally prevented.

Members of San Benito Citizens for a Brighter Future and Preserve Our Rural Communities demonstrate outside the San Benito County Administration Building before a July 21 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Strada Verde initiative going on November ballot

Project supporters and opponents both urge San Benito County supervisors to put the proposed autonomous vehicle testing facility before voters.

Construction workers on the roof of new housing units. Photo by John Chadwell.

News

Hollister council deadlocked over growth management plan

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez doesn’t want to be ‘bullied’ by Sacramento; Councilwoman Carol Lenoir warns ‘lawsuits are coming.’

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

COG to distribute over $300K in one-time funding

Majority of funds from California Department of Housing and Community Development program expected to go to Hollister based on population, with the county and SJB next in line.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Environment / Nature

Bureau of Land Management makes over 700K acres available for leasing

Decision does not authorize any drilling for exploration or development of oil and gas resources, BLM said.

Map of potential commercial and industrial node sites in San Benito County as per the 2035 General Plan. Photo provided by San Benito County Business Council.

Housing / Land Use

SBC Business Council supports consideration of Highway 101 commercial nodes

Following the new zoning designation, the Business Council further encourages in-depth review of the opportunities at each node based on individual unique merits and impacts.

Photos by Robert Eliason.

News

Community walks for Juristac

Over 300 people trek five miles to protest a proposed open pit mining development.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

Deadline passes for mayor to sue over 400 block development

No sign that Velazquez has filed in San Benito County or elsewhere.

The San Juan Road overpass across Highway 101. The red circle is where a protest rally will take place on July 19 at 4:45 p.m. Image provided by PORC.

Housing / Land Use

Protest of commercial development on Highway 101 set for July 19

Demonstration related to zoning changes near Aromas and San Juan Bautista.

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez said he may possibly sue because of the council's decision against his appeal. Photos by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

400 Block appeal fails

Hollister mayor says he’ll “most likely” sue.

Housing / Land Use

Dreams of the 400 Block circa 1992

Magazine brings readers back to a time of excitement about redevelopment projects in Hollister.

The 400 block of San Benito Street. Photos by John Chadwell.

400 block appeal hearing delayed

Several locals voice frustration with rescheduling to June 3.