BC Engineering Group’s civil engineering department has expanded! We are excited to announce new additions to our staff at BC Engineering Group.
Andrew Willis, Project Manager at BC Engineering Group recently became a California-Licensed Professional Engineer through the Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists.
We are pleased to announce that BC Engineering Group has increased its team by forty percent in the last four months. Due to the fires that took place October 2017, BC Engineering Group has become consumed with helping to rebuild the community. Our Wastewater Department had been overwhelmed and overworked helping fire properties to begin rebuilding. The addition of our new staff is to further support our projects as well as our community that we serve.
Rebuilding after the 2017 Napa Fire Complex
The 2017 Napa Complex Fire also known as a the “Atlas Fire” burned about 51,000 acres. Many people lost their homes and/or businesses due to the fire. The County has taken measures to expedite processing of permits for fire victims. Fire victims are also able to apply for a fee reduction for their required permits. The County has created three review categories that range from 7 to 28 days for review time. The three categories are 7 business day/expedited, quick permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits, and standard permit-priority processing over non-fire related permits. The fee reduction is available for all fire rebuild projects including commercial and residential accessory structures.
Fire Damaged Rebuild and Permitting in the Redwood Valley County Water District
County of Mendocino hosted a Town Hall meeting on Thursday October 11th, in Redwood Valley, with the key topics of water system improvements and a planned water system replacement project. This meeting was to inform and address any questions from residents about the Redwood Valley County Water District infrastructure project specifically residents served by Redwood Valley County Water District. The project has been completely funded by state and federal disaster relief funds. The allotted funds will be used to upsize existing water lines and create loops where dead ends exist. The improvements will cover about 4-miles; with 3-miles being replacement and 1-mile of new installation. This will update current water lines by creating enough pressure and flow to support fire sprinklers which are required under the building code, Title 24. The current water infrastructure was developed prior to some of the safety requirements required under California’s new building code. The funding will cover all costs of the public right of way improvements.
Commercial Cannabis Monitoring and Reporting Program
The rain is on its way.
With rain comes stormwater runoff. The State Water Resource Control Board requires monitoring and reporting of cannabis cultivation sites during months of rain events. The tests for stormwater runoff include a turbidity test and pH test. These tests shall be performed once per calendar month when precipitation exceeds 0.25 inches per day or when storm water runoff is noticed leaving a cultivation site.
Commercial Cannabis Site Management Plan
The State Water Resource Control Board approved the Cannabis General Order last year on October 17th. The General Order covers guidelines for cannabis cultivation, general waste discharge requirements, and waiver of discharge requirements for discharges of waste associated with cannabis cultivation activities. To obtain a license from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, one must be in compliance with the cannabis policy. An important aspect of becoming compliant is submitting a Site Management Plan.
BC Engineering Group has joined the rebuilding efforts of Sonoma County.
October 2017 has forever changed Sonoma County as we know it. The Tubbs fire’s damage and resonating effects have reached further than just destroying homes, businesses, and land throughout the County. Flash forward to present day- we have the community rebuilding efforts in the works, but the Community still deals with the agonizing choice of whether to rebuild after losing everything. As if deciding to rebuild isn’t hard enough, now choosing when, or waiting too long to rebuild has consequences in itself.
High Density Residential, workforce housing (WH) Combining Zone, cottage housing, and mobile home park and condominium conversion standards proposed changes.
Sonoma County introduced the second set of housing initiatives to the Planning Commission on August 23, 2018. These incentives include changes to create and expand opportunities for housing development in Sonoma County. The proposed changes included: allowing higher densities near jobs and transit, provide cottages in low density districts, new density units concept (Density Unit Equivalent), and codifying existing condominium conversion policy and providing protections for existing tenants.
Part 1 of 2 of the Cannabis Ordinance Amendments
Potential big changes may come for Cannabis Ordinances and may affect project!
The County of Sonoma proposes to amend the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance. These updates will be in two parts. Part 1 of the amendment is geared towards fixing neighborhood compatibility problems that have arisen since the arrival of the Cannabis Ordinance. These updates can have a large impact on your cannabis cultivation plans. Some of the proposed changes could impede some use permits, while having a beneficial impact on others.