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Opinion

COMMUNITY OPINION: Is development good or bad?

Bob Tiffany writes that most commercial development is beneficial for the unincorporated county.

The 3.5-mile buffer zone would have no effect on Santa Clara County where a developer bought the Uesugi Farms site, just across the river from Strada Verde. Google Earth image.

Government / Politics

What is the purpose of Measure R and its 3.5-mile buffer zone?

Voters are confused by Measure R pro/con mailers and are left questioning its purpose and impact.

Map of the Stonebridge housing development from the agenda packet.

Housing / Land Use

Fate of Hollister’s Stonebridge subdivision rests on density amendments

City Council to vote on the future of the 100-unit project.

Proponents of Strada Verde Innovation Park say Measure R is part of plot to secretly acquiring land around the project and eventually build thousands of homes. They claim Palo Alto-developer Philip R. Taylor is backing Measure R, while buying thousands of acres around Strada Verde.

News

BL Special Report: Company transferred 27 parcels along Hwy 25 corridor

Developer Philip Taylor deeded more than 7,400 acres of land in North County to a Delaware-based LLC. 

Councilman Rick Perez supported investing in the software because he said staff needs the proper tools to do their job. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Council rejects city’s initial request for tech upgrade

Staff will research what systems other cities are using before making an $800K investment.

Roadway construction underway for the Promontory development. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Promontory Development Begins Construction

90 units underway between Southside Road and Ridgemark.

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.

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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.