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To the Editor:
Once again, the City of Ukiah has transferred land to a developer and approved building construction in the Western Hills, the highest fire severity zone in the city and county. In addition to the fire danger, there is the potential disruption of breeding areas for ground nesting birds and other wildlife as new roads and buildings fragment wildlife habitat.
David Hull, the developer who initiated the large Western Hills project last year, which ultimately was voted down, now owns the land on the north ridge top of Doolan Canyon Road. His property extends to the south-facing slope, which connects to an easement that adjoins San Jacinta Drive.
Mr. Hull is planning to build at least one home on the ridge top. For access to the home(s), he is planning to pave from the easement to the ridge top. Access then will be via San Jacinta Drive, not Doolan Canyon Road.
I wonder what motivates the City to allow construction in the highest fire severity zone in the city and county, and allow yet more disruption of wildlife habitat?