Forbes Extension & Modification of Coastal Permit & Use Permit for Commercial Development


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Humboldt County
Document Title
Forbes Extension & Modification of Coastal Permit & Use Permit for Commercial Development
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
vacant parcel / mowed field

Document Description
Extension and modification of a Coastal Development Permit and Conditional Use Permit (CDP-06-27/CUP-06-08) which authorized development of a vacant parcel with two (2) commercial buildings totaling approximately 12,700 square feet and operation of a cabinet manufacturing business from the site. The property is approximately 0.7 acres in size and was created through subdivision in 2007 (PMS-03-19 Noga). In recent years several wetlands have been discovered on parcels from the subdivision, including the project parcel. Due to their small size, isolation, and location within the urban limit line, they meet criteria for classification and treatment as "pocket marshes" under the Humboldt Bay Area Plan. The applicant has revised the project design and reduced the development footprint and is seeking to modify the previously approved permits to instead authorize construction of an approximately 6,480 square foot 3-unit commercial building. The development footprint of the project is proposed to be located approximately 33 feet from an on-site wetland. The project is eligible to use a reduced wetland buffer under the “string line method” because the average setback of existing development on neighboring properties is considerably closer to this wetland. The proposed building will be approximately 31 feet tall and will be partitioned into three (3) similarly sized separately leasable units (each approximately 2,160 ft.² in size). A 1,000 ft.² Caretaker's unit is proposed to occupy the second story of the building. Development will be served by public water and sewer. Extension of the Use Permit is being requested to enable future operation of a cabinet manufacturing business from the site. A total of 16 on-site parking spaces are proposed to be provided and the modification includes a request for an exception to the off-street parking requirements to pre-authorize future commercial uses exceeding available on-site parking capacity by crediting use on-street parking spaces within the project vicinity. The project includes a number of measures designed to address stormwater management and water quality, including: directing parking and roof runoff to underground perforated storage chambers for detention during storm events, use of pervious paving for driveway and parking areas, and enhancement of the on-site wetland and wetland buffer.

Contact Information
Steve Lazar
Humboldt County Planning & Building Department - Current Planning Division
Lead/Public Agency
3015 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Phone : (707) 268-3741
Keith Forbes
Project Applicant
2042 Eich Rd.
Eureka, CA 95503

Phone : (707) 445-1329


40°44'27.02"N 124°12'1.76"W
Cross Streets
Eich Rd. & South Broadway
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Highway 101
Northwestern Pacific RR
Elk River, Martin Slough, Swain Slough, Humboldt Bay
Other Location Info
the parcel lies directly adjacent to an existing mobile home park & light industrial use

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Residential (caretakers unit above commercial suites)(Units 1, Acres .74) Commercial (includes caretakers residence above downstairs commercial suites)(Sq. Ft. 6480, Acres .74, Employees 5)
Local Action
Use Permit Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Biological Resources Hydrology/Water Quality Wetland/Riparian
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Northern and Eureka Region 1 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Regional Water Quality Control Board, North Coast Region 1 (RWQCB)


Environmental Document
5725 Forbes Modification & Extension PC Notice 3-18-21   PDF 58 K MND Forbes (2-8-21) FINAL signed [with appendices]   PDF 2708 K Summary_Form_for_Document_Submittal - Forbes   PDF 580 K
NOC [signed]   PDF 246 K
State Comments
2021020178_RWQCB Comment   PDF 257 K

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