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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Message from the Chair: Board Objectives Quarterly Report

Ed Scofield

Fiscal stability has remained our top priority while I’ve served on the Board of Supervisors over the last 15 years. This has allowed us to make great progress on what matters most to the community, from wildfire to economic development. I’m proud of the County’s recently approved $367.8 million budget for fiscal year 2023-24, which includes $27 million in new revenue for public safety, healthcare and housing -- all important board priorities. 

Regarding wildfire, we are now preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that will drive our decision making in preventing and fighting wildfires for the next decade. This plan, which we hope to complete by December 2024, will identify what areas of our county are the most hazardous because of topography, fuels, and climate and, significantly, what buildings, infrastructure and natural resources residents believe are most important to protect. 

Since June, we have been asking residents to share their insights by completing the Community Wildfire Protection Plan Survey. It is important that as many people from as many different parts of the county complete this survey since we all have different perspectives. For example, someone who lives year-round in Grass Valley may be most concerned about protecting important community facilities like schools and the hospital, while someone with a second home in Truckee may be most interested in protecting access to the lakes and rivers and the stunning landscape. To date, over 2,100 people have completed the survey. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, please do. It will be available online through Aug. 31. 

The South Yuba River Public Safety Cohort started the “Stay Out, Stay Alive” campaign in May to prevent drownings and save lives. Using signs posted on roads heading to the river, we warned people to stay out of the Yuba River through July to avoid the dangerous conditions. In May, we were seeing river flows above 5,000 cubic feet of water per second – the equivalent force of hurtling 5,000 basketballs downstream every second. 

We made a major step forward in our goal to bring new affordable housing to the county with our new affordable Housing Master Plans for single-family homes or granny units. The plans offer three pre-approved designs to choose from – a one-bedroom 661-square-foot unit with garage, a two-bedroom 746-square-foot-unit with or without a garage, and a 1,194-square-foot unit with or without a garage. Each plan set is available to purchase from the architect for $1,200 per plan, customized for each lot at a low cost compared to typical plans that run around $15,000 or more. Meeting our objective to collaborate with other jurisdictions on this issue, we adopted the same plans as the Town of Truckee, the City of Grass Valley, the City of Nevada City, Placer County, and Sierra County. Residents can review the plans online before purchasing.

I have tremendous pride in the accomplishments of our County team and feel confident in saying we are one of the best rural counties in the State of California. I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish in the rest of 2023.

Edward C. Scofield, Chair Board of Supervisors

Learn more about the Board of Supervisors' Objectives or read the full April-June 2023 Quarterly Report.

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