In reviewing a draft resolution regarding the possible sale of APN 001-221-08, a large lot in the Eureka Canyon Subdivision, Eureka County commission Chairman J.J.Goicoechea noted, “There are a few things we need to iron out on this before we can get into the resolution. We want to sell it. We’ve already agreed to that. Now, how do we want to sell it and do we want a captured sale?  Those are the two questions we have to answer.”  Goicoechea said, “We’d kind of agreed to a hybrid approach recognizing it as economic development and with the options reflected in the minutes.”

“Regardless, we have to have the appraisals even if it’s for economic development” which allows the County to sell the property for less than its appraised value but rather at fair market value either through an auction process or through a captured sale” to an individual. The hope is that whatever agreement is used in this instance can be applied to the other large lots in the subdivision as well.

“If we have no control of enforcing then I say it’s up to the buyer. We don’t have that and I’m going to say right now it’ll be over my dead body. There will be a tomb before we’ll go to zoning.” The Chairman said, “No zoning and no building department, no permitting stuff. We don’t have that. So, it’s awful hard for us to say, ‘You shall build ‘x’ in ‘y’ fashion at ‘z.’ So, we want this to apply to all lots.”

Scott Raine, the interested buyer, said, “In my experience for process only, somebody shows up and says ‘I have this great idea then the best way for dealing with a proposal is to have a member of the Commission be appointed by the Commission. The person who’s giving the proposal and usually some other member of staff that’s knowledgeable in the area to develop guidelines for your resolutions, your developmental agreement because attorneys need that guidance to develop language.” Raine recommended appointing a member and himself and a staff member so the “county outweighs two to one” to “develop guidelines for a developmental resolution.” The Commissioner becomes the proponent of the project. “That’s a process” so that the D.A. doesn’t “have to guess” and it’s given to him and it’s “done.”

“I don’t want a development agreement. That falls right back, guys, on zoning and everything else,” the Chairman said, “I want Scott to build a grocery store. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. I don’t think we should have a thing to do with it You build it however you’re going to build it. We can’t tell you how to build and what to do with it and I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to do it for