Join us in calling for the County to develop a countywide policy on billboards before considering a Special Permit to rebuild the billboard that collapsed into the Elk River wetlands south of Eureka last winter.
The County Planning Department has bent over backward to justify approving a Special Permit to rebuild this billboard even though it doesn't comply with County or State rules. Now County staff is claiming that rebuilding it is considered "customary maintenance" - because that is the only way it could ever be approved. The company may be able to use a few boards from the wreckage, but will need to replace the footings, digging into wetlands in the Coastal Zone. Download the staff report at
The County's General Plan calls for staff to update its sign ordinance "to ensure community compatibility" - and the plan to develop a billboard policy dates back even further. Way back in 1984, the County's Framework Plan called for regulating billboards on scenic routes. It's time to come up with a policy for dealing with outdated billboard blight once and for all, rather than making arbitrary decisions on a case-by-case basis.
Humboldt County Planning Commission meetings will be held virtually until further notice.
Ways you can participate:
- Watch on Access Humboldt (Cable Channel 10 or 12);
- For a live stream of the meeting, go to https://humboldt.legistar.com (click "In Progress" under "Action Summary");
- via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/99298310063 Password: 827926.
To make a public comment during the hearing:
When the Planning Commission announces the agenda item you want to comment on, turn off your TV or live stream and call in to the conference line: 346 248-7799. Enter meeting ID: 992-9831-0063 and Password: 827926, then press (*) 9 on your phone to raise your hand. You’ll continue to hear the Planning Commission meeting on the call. Please do not call until the item you want to speak about is being discussed. When it is time for public comment on the item you wish to speak on, the Clerk of the Planning Commission staff will unmute your phone. You’ll hear a prompt that will indicate your phone is unmuted. Staff will then ask you to state your name and begin your comments. You will have 3 minutes to comment.