Supervisors knock 40% off Wilson Estates project
As it became clear toward the end of the hearing that supervisors were leaning heavily toward not approving the rezone request and had chipped away at the project as proposed...
Board Chairman Ron Briggs praised the Wilsons for “doing everything the county required,” but he agreed with District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco “that R1-A is right for the area … I’d like to split the baby (please both sides). I’m sorry for the Wilsons and don’t want them to spend any more money, (but I’m going) to move to deny the rezone.” He also asked county staff to work with the family to redesign a project with 28 units rather than 49.
Crosariol had earlier offered a “solution” which would have rezoned part of the property in such a way as to drop the total from 49 to 40. He called that a “very fair and reasonable splitting of the baby.” He said a “conceptual approval would be OK,” and “I hate walking out of here with nothing.”
Briggs advised him to return with a map with 28 houses and to study the possibility of installing septic tanks instead of the more expensive sewer hookup systems and assured Crosariol and the Wilsons that a denial would be “without prejudice.”
County Counsel Ed Knapp then advised the board to change the action to a “conceptual denial” which the four supervisors then approved unanimously.