By Kent Gray
Triplicate staff writer
Harbor Commissioners accepted an offer to help expedite the creation of a new master plan Tuesday night.
Its free, Harbor President Bonnie Williams repeated a couple times during a discussion on whether or not to accept an offer from Del Norte County for assistance in writing a draft grant proposal.
Im all for moving ahead on this, said Secretary Bev Noll. The commissioners directed Harbormaster/CEO Rich Taylor to work with the county on the details.
Taylor explained to the board that through his meetings on the Intergovernmental Relations Commission (IGRC) it became known, to the county and Crescent City, the harbor could use some help.
Theyve had a grant writer for several months now, Taylor said. (Del Norte County Administrator Jeanine) Galatioto said, at no cost to us, they will help us prepare a joint application for assistance.
Taylor said an independent grant writer approached him Tuesday afternoon with an offer to write a grant as well.
Mike McKenzie-Bahr, consultant and grant writer with the North Coast Small Business Development Center, said under a state program, counties and cities are eligible for $35,000 block grants under two categories: economic development and community development.
The intention is to allow the harbor to utilize some of the economic grant money slated for either the county or city.
Taylor and McKenzie-Bahr discussed the development yesterday.
The issue now is whether or not the zoning at the harbor is out of compliance with the county and the city, said McKenzie-Bahr. They will probably need to re-designate their zones that will be a major part of the plan. Next they will need to consider where the harbor wants to go in the next decade.
The harbors history with master planning processes is one fraught with disagreements.
Contrary to an earlier report that the last plan was adopted in 1986, the last officially adopted plan, approved in Sept. 1996, never did win acceptance with the harbor commission and was never used.
The Crescent City Waterfront Development Plan, which some current commissioners said was defeated because it recommended eliminating certain businesses at the harbor, was actually approved on the condition it not be precisely followed.
According to the minutes from Sept. 1996:
It is not a perfect plan, but it is a strategic working plan which can be changed as necessary ... It is not an enforcement plan and will not affect current users, but it is a planning document which can be changed within the context and is to be used as a base document which can lead to other things.