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.

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.

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.

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

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors rezone Betabel node off Hwy 101 to ag rangeland

Poised to place a C-1 commercial thoroughfare on 29 acres, the board holds off until April 7.

PORC President Andy Hsia-Coron asked the SBC Planning Commission to hold off on a decision regarding a commercial overlay application until after the March primary election. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SBC planners approve alternate zoning for Hwy 101 node

Attorney De Vries says C-1 overlay application for Betabel is a backstop in case C-3 rezoning is repealed by voters.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC petition on Highway 101 nodes meets signature requirements

Supervisors will now have to decide whether to repeal the rezoning ordinance or place it before voters.

Mary Hsia-Coron, Tom Karis and Andy Hsia-Coron of PORC stand with with the collected petitions before they submit them to the county. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

Activists submit petition against rezoning of Hwy 101 nodes

If enough signatures are found to be sufficient, the rezoning ordinance would be suspended. Supervisors could then decide to either repeal it or place it on the ballot.

The San Juan Bautista Council at its July 16 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Juan Council OKs 3-year contract with Level 1 Private Security

City also approves letter to county opposing Hwy. 101 node development and allows cannabis facilities in industrial areas.

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.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File photo.

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Council opposes Highway 101 commercial nodes

City will send a letter to county opposing ‘massive development.’

Todd Cushman spoke at the May 15 San Benito County Planning Commission meeting and said Aromas residents don't support developing along Highway 101, citing water and traffic concerns. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Agriculture

County Planning Commission approves Highway 101 commercial nodes

Residents oppose zoning change, want area to remain rural.