Midpines Conversation About Economic Development, Housing and Community Character


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Apr 17

Important Questions About Economic Development, Housing and Community Character

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 9:32 AM by Brian Foucht

1. What is it about Midpines (character, surroundings, activity) that you most enjoy?

2. Should there be new commercial development or additonal housing in Midpines? If so, why?

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Useful Links: (Use your browser "back" button to return to this page)

1.    Mariposa Economic Development: http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?NID=182
2.    Mariposa Economic Development Corporation: http://www.mariposaedc.com/
3.    Mariposa Chamber of Commerce: http://www.mariposachamber.org/
4.    Motherload Job Connect: https://www.motherlodejobconnection.org/
5.    Central Sierra Economic Development District: http://csedd.org/
6.    Sustainable Forest and Communities Collaborative


Margaret Judkins
November 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM
Midpines is a forest community, PLEASE NO APARTMENTS, leave the apartments for Mariposa. The five acre parcel should continue, we need more trees, especially after the Telegraph fire, not houses.
Nancy Parke
November 27, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Keep Midpines very rural. No new business development unless it is unobtrusive.
Gary Francisco
December 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM
Do we really want the liablity of every 5 acre parcel (where zoning allows) to potentially be be developed with housing? Will this give us the best use of our resources, such as water, septic and green space? Will this give us the best protection from wild land fire? Will Midpines become a community of 5 acre "ranchettes?
Brian Foucht
December 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM
In 1992, an opinion survey of 430 Midpines area residents were surveyed regarding attitudes toward community improvement and development, in anticipation that additional housing would be needed to accommodate NPS and others working in the Yosemite Valley. Of the 20% who returned surveys, 91% favored a 5 acre minimum, over 88% opposed reducing the minimum. A majority 65% did not favor clustered planned development of the type that could accommodate employee housing, and nearly 75% opposed any type of multi-family housing. A slight bias exists against more commercial development. A new General Plan was adopted since this survey was completed, and I wonder whether anyone believes that these values still hold true?
Mandy Vance
March 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM
I enjoy access to the excellent network of road bicycling available in the Midpines area the most. Some "Share the Road" signs would be a good addition to this as well as other communities in Mariposa County. In terms of future commercial development, I don't see a need or have a desire to see more here--I take care of most of my business in Mariposa. I enjoy having the Bug Hostel nearby, which, while serving tourists, also loves locals and greatly enriches the opportunities available to us. In my experience, the Bug's guests tend to choose this location in order to experience more of a local's world near Yosemite. I wouldn't want to see run of the mill hotels setting up here in Midpines though. I am comfortable with reducing the 5 acre minimum. that. My home is on 1/4 acre and I made that choice intentionally, because I didn't want to commit to more land than I have the time and resources to maintain in terms of fuels reduction. When you look at the factors of changing climate, increasing vulnerability to large damaging fires, a reduction in fire fighting resources available to us, and resulting increasing costs to fire insurance for homeowners, I do believe that we need think about how to plan for the future in terms of living with this changing physical and economic landscape. I'm not saying larger parcels shouldn't exist, but I think we need to also try something new in some areas, which could include more clustered development. Too many people buy these large parcels, then fail to maintain them, creating issues for the whole community in terms of fire risk.

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