Planning Board Meeting


March 10, 2021

It should be noted that the Zoning Regulations state:

"If there is major public opposition to a proposed Special Use Authorization request, this may indicate that the technical evaluation regarding compatibility of the use does not concur with the view of local residents and a recommendationof denial may be appropriate…"


As an Egyptian Pharoh once said: So let it bewritten - so let it be done!



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Do you know names of 5 supervisors who voted no. We want to send thank you notes!!

Thank you to everyone who spoke and wrote letters.

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Vote was 5:2 (one commissioner missing). Holmes may appeal if he wishes. Thank you all for rescuing Foothills road!!!

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The vote by Cochise County Planning and Zoning was 5:2 against. Remoteness and special qualities of our environment were factors. Holmes is entitledto appeal the decision over about a 2 wk period.

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So very happy! Great job, everyone!!

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As was just pointed out to me, the fact that so much was owed by the real property owner in back taxes, suggests that this could have all been a scam to raise the property value before selling. I'm betting there is no appeal. Opinions of commissioners on our side were pretty firm about what a poor match this was for our community.

Those of you attending remotely understand how tense this hearing was - down to the final minute.

We were "all in this together", and it took all of us to win ... I look forward to staying in touch (just in case) and getting to know some new neighbors I've yet to meet. Thanks so much to each of you!

Cheers (and sleep soundly),

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Yay! It proves we can pull together as a community despite any differences we might have. Thanks to all involved. And yes, I did sleep soundly.

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Same here with the celebration. I said that had we thought of it ahead of time, we should have all agreed to unmute our connections and whoop’d it up after the vote.

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Yes, Yip! Yip! Yip! Special thanks to those of you who prepared such good remarks and analysis.

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A new venue for Holmes? Mexico just legalized recreational pot and will be the world’s largest cannabis market (per NY Times)

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It was a good lesson to remind us...

we have more important stuff in commonthan political differences

YAY, PORTAL!

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I was shouting and whooping so loud at theend it terrified the dogs, at least the ones that can hear. Couldeveryone see the texting going on between the commissioners? Icouldn't as I was doing it on a phone.

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There was so much clapping, hooting, booing and cursing from the three of us that my neighbors probably thought that we were watching a rerun of the Superbowl!

Like many of you, I’ve lost a lot of sleep over this threat (running the vacuum at 2 a.m. is no way to live!). But one thing I don’t regret about this unfortunate affair is listening to resident after resident tick down the list of the things they love, the things that make life worthwhile: dark skies, an unpoisoned food web, clean air, abundant creatureliness, a cricketly quiet, neighborly trust.It’s important to say these things out loud from time to time—and to be heard.

I’ll never forget when a ruby-throated hummingbird showed up in Whitetail Canyon a few years ago. The whole community was abuzz with excitement about the unusual visitation. I remember thinking: What planet am I on where people notice the arrival of such miracles—and celebrate them? No, no need for another planet. Just a shared love for this one.

Thank you all—in so many ways.

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A huge thanks to the owner of the parcel next door to the marijuana grow operation's, who alerted me to what was going on after he received the only notification about the application for the Special Use permit that anybody in Portal got.

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I was hopeful, until the end when they gave the last word back to Staff. So, what a grand surprise. And forget the details-traffic, dust, etc. I was amazed at how many board members said: Portal just ain’t the right place for this project. Thanks to everyone.

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Thank you all for your excellent representation of our community.

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Tense is an understatement. I logged on at 2:45 to make sure I didn'tmiss something or mess up the technology. We need a member of thatteam from northeast Cochise County - we're completely unrepresented.

I don't think Holmes will appeal. That parcel was listed for sale for$27,000 and I hope we can find someone to buy it and keep it out of further peril

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"An impressive community display of concern for Nature and culture! A precendent-setting action that will hopefully impact future similar special use requests!

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Howard Topoff 2011