Fernandez Minor Subdivision and Secondary Dwelling Unit (SDU) or Guest House

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Fernandez Minor Subdivision and Secondary Dwelling Unit (SDU) or Guest House
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
The +/- 26-acre parcel is currently developed with three residences. Two were built with permits prior to 1992 when the Fire Safe Ordinance was adopted. The third was a manufactured home placed illegally and is in violation of Humboldt County Code. Each unit has individual water and sewage disposal. Zoning: Parcel is split-zoned with a very small portion at the southern end zoned Residential Suburban with a 5-acre minimum parcel size (RS-B-5(5)). The rest of the parcel is zoned similarly, but possesses a 10-acre minimum parcel size (RS-B-5(10)). General Plan: Agricultural Rural (AR); Framework General Plan (FRWK). Density: One dwelling unit per 5-20 acres. Slope Stability: Moderate instability.

Document Description
A minor subdivision to divide an approximate 26.6 acre parcel into two parcels of approximately 10.1 acres and 16.5 acres. The property is developed with three single family residences. One of the residences on proposed Parcel 1 was placed without Building Permits and is a violation. The subdivision approval is conditioned on one of three of the following options occurring prior to recordation of the map: (1) the removal of this unit in the event that the Commission cannot make the required Secondary Dwelling Unit (SDU) findings per §314-87.1, HCC; (2) an approved exception to the Fire Safe Ordinance, §3112-11, limiting dead-end road length which would allow the SDU to remain; or (3) the Commission's approval of the conversion of this unit to a Guest House per §314-75.1, HCC, if the findings for an SDU are not made. The necessary Fire Safe sections addressing dead-end road length do not apply to Guest Houses. The existing residences are served by on-site water and sewage disposal. The site is heavily constrained by access issues. A Fire Safe exception has been sought and granted for the substandard width per §3112-3 of the Fire Safe Ordinance. Other than the Eel River located more than 1,000 feet to the southwest, there are no known creeks or other wet areas on or adjacent to the site and existing development.

Contact Information
Alyson Hunter
Humboldt County Community Development Services
Lead/Public Agency
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501-4484

Phone : (707) 445-7541


Cross Streets
Mountain View Drive / Benbow Drive
Total Acres
+\- 26.5
Parcel #
State Highways
Eel River
Other Location Info
City/Nearest Community: Benbow

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Residential (Units 1)
Local Action
Use Permit Land Division (Subdivision, etc.) Special Permit
Project Issues
Drainage/Absorption Geology/Soils Hydrology/Water Quality Population/Housing Septic System Transportation Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Eureka Region 1 (CDFW) California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT) California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB) Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance Cal Fire

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