The Calaveras Planning Coalition advocacy group on Dec. 18 appealed the county’s denial of its Public Records Act request for a general plan that was delivered to the board of supervisors between late 2010 and early 2011.
Tom Infusino, Calaveras Planning Coalition spokesman, requested that the county direct planning consulting firm Mintier Harnish, which developed the scrapped general plan, to release its copy to the group.
Assistant County Counsel David Sirias denied the initial request made on Nov. 24 in a Dec. 4 letter.
Sirias wrote the county could not legally comply with the Public Records Act request because the county no longer had the letter and even if it did, the general plan would be exempt from being made public because it was a preliminary draft and its production would harm the public interest.
The general plan in question was developed by Mintier Harnish at a cost of more than $900,000 and reportedly discarded by the board of supervisors at the time without being examined.
Since Mintier Harnish was fired in 2011, county officials have been working with Raney Planning and Management and Augustine Planning Associates to complete the plan under $400,000 and $100,000 contracts, respectively.
State law requires the general plan guiding the county’s development be updated every 10 years. The current general plan has been undergoing the update process for nine years and has cost over $1 million.