The Placer County Board of Supervisors will be voting at its next meeting on whether to allow at-large members of the Placer County Planning Commission to live in cities. Currently the requirement is that they must live in the unincorporated area of the county.
While the Board of Supervisors is elected to represent all residents within the district, the county planning commission members, who are appointed by the board, only address issues in non-city areas of the county.
Do those living in cities have as much vested in the outcome of developments that happen in the unincorporated areas of the county? I would say no.
This move by the board has the appearance of being motivated by self-serving politics rather than what is the appropriate representation for those living outside of cities. Would cities allow someone from outside their city limits to be on their planning commission? Certainly not.
There are clearly qualified people in the unincorporated area who have put their names in for consideration for this at-large position, but the board appears to have someone in particular in mind from a city that they would prefer. What other reason would there be for considering this change?
I had originally offered to serve, but have now withdrawn my name so that any comment that I make on this issue does not appear biased.
This potential action is very much not in the best interest of the residents of the county and should be rejected.
I would encourage county citizens to come to the Feb. 5 board of supervisors meeting and voice concern about this possible loss of representation.
WAYNE NADER, Auburn