Shasta County supervisors today approved the county’s updated general plan, which allows portions of Burney, Cottonwood and Fall River Mills to be rezoned for high-density low-income housing.
District 3 Supervisor Glenn Hawes cast the only dissenting vote, saying, “I promised a lot of my people I’d vote no.”
Dozens of Intermountain and Cottonwood residents showed up in opposition of the proposal, and many spoke during the public hearing. No one spoke in favor of the plan.
Residents complained their small towns have few job opportunities and little resources to accommodate more people.
But Shasta County planners say the state requires that counties allow the option to rezone land in unincorporated areas for very low-income housing. Updating the general plan also maintains the county’s eligibility for certain state and federal grants, planners said.
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