The $20,000 sewer connection/mitigation fee for the Santa Maria Sewer Service Area has been reduced by about $7,000.
Directors of the Ramona Municipal Water District adopted the new fee of $13,090 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) at its Jan. 28 board meeting by a 4-0 vote. Director Kit Kesinger was absent.
In a split vote, county planning commissioners on Friday denied a proposal to convert Oak Tree Ranch units to resident ownership. Commissioners opposing the change referred to ambiguity about what would or would not be allowed without California Environmental Quality Act review.
Oak Tree Ranch president Bert Caster is expected to appeal the decision to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Anyone interested in filling one of two vacancies on the Ramona Design Review Board is invited to its Jan. 30 meeting.
The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. It meets the last Thursday of each month.
Members Michiyo Kirkpatrick and Debi Klingner have resigned for business reasons.
Tuesday, Jan. 28—The Ramona Municipal Water District will hold a public hearing on recommendations to reduce the Santa Maria sewer connection and mitigation fee during its Board of Directors meeting at 2 p.m. today at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
The $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee has been proposed to be reduced to $13,090 and to be renamed “sewer capacity charge.”
Of the estimated 100 people who attended the county’s Jan. 17 workshop on proposed revisions to the Tiered Winery Ordinance, about 23 spoke, with the majority from the Ramona area and in opposition to the changes.
“If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” said Elaine Lyttleton of Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, speaking as a representative of the Ramona Valley Vintners Association. “We would urge no changes to the ordinance as currently written.”
For 150 years Jeanine Hawkins’ property has been in her family’s hands, but in the past 20 years the county has chipped away at her property rights, down-zoning it 800 percent., she said.
When Hawkins inherited the property on Littlepage Road, named after her family, it was zoned to allow one dwelling unit per 10 acres, she said. That was changed to one dwelling
Ramona Municipal Water District’s controversial $20,000 sewer connection and mitigation fee that has been blamed for stifling business growth in town could be reduced by a third — to $13,090.
Residents and business owners will have a chance to comment on the proposed change at a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.
San Diego County’s Department of Public Works anticipates it will seek construction bids for the San Vicente Road Improvement Project by early March and begin construction in September.
The department plans to ask the county supervisors for permission to advertise for construction bids at their Feb. 26 meeting, Steve Ron, project manager, said in an email. Once bids are received, the department will award a contract to the lowest bidder, probably in late spring, said Ron.
After reviewing a revised map for the proposed Montecito Ranch project that shows a reduction in grading and blasting, Ramona Community Planning Group supported the changes by a 10-2 vote at its Jan. 9 meeting.
Consultant Chris Brown said the modifications are internal to the project and do not affect any of the amenities.
Picture a town square with people strolling about, visiting with each other or dining at sidewalk cafes, and children fishing at a nearby pond. That’s a vision that Jim Hagey has for Ramona.
“I’ve been thinking about this for many years and I wanted to get your take on it,” Hagey told the Ramona Community Planing Group at its Jan. 9 meeting.