Supervisors agree to appeal of Kohrdt development

Remember Dan Kohrdt?

He’s the colorful developer who built, and then tore down, a large sheriff’s substation he constructed in Oroville, and then delivered the wreckage of the building to the county supervisors as a protest of bothersome bureaucratic red tape. Never shy of cameras or press folks, Kohrdt is back in the news.

This time, because he wants to build a 317-home gated community, called Ridgeview Estates, east of Oroville—much to the chagrin of the subdivision’s would-be neighbors. The property is located on 135 acres on the south side of Olive Highway east of Apica Avenue, near Oroville.

The county Development Services department approved the project, (in fact, a department subcommittee found that while there could be “significant impact” from the subdivision, it would be sufficiently mitigated by development requirements), but the supervisors agreed at a meeting Tuesday to halt the start of construction until it can hear two appeals from neighbors of the subdivision.

The appeals will be heard on Nov. 20 at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

In documents filed with the county, neighbors Bill Pascale and Joan Pontius claim that the development would significantly increase the amount of traffic in an already congested area and damage a sensitive environment. They also claim that the county’s environmental impact report was performed at the wrong time, without examining all the factors in the area, and is therefore incomplete. Pontius wants the county to commission a new report.