The Central County Coalition (CCC) was formed in early May of 2012. It was felt that interests of the majority of business people (both owners and employees), property owners, and residents were not well represented in the County decision-making process. Since its founding, the CCC membership has quintupled and continues to attract interested persons. The group now has stakeholders throughout the County from a wide variety of industries, businesses and others who are anxious to see land use policies and ordinances crafted in a fair and balanced way, implemented with beneficial projects approved, in a fair and equitable manner.
The CCC supports thoughtful, balanced and well-designed growth, while recognizing that the agriculturalists who make their living from the land are also its stewards. We have them to thank for the open lands that make our Valley so desirable, but we also know that if they can’t make a living through agriculture, they can’t preserve the land. Some areas are developed and will continue to grow, as in incorporated, urban and other localities.
The CCC has elected a President, Vice President, an Executive Committee and an Advisory Committee. The latter includes members of two prominent law firms, a former County Supervisor and a former Planning Commissioner.
The Executive Committee filters and selects the initiatives in which we participate.
Membership in the CCC does not require dues of any sort. As the name implies, this is not a tightly structured group – we join together to support certain initiatives, but not every member is required to support all initiatives. The only requirement is that each member shall participate in supporting a minimum of two initiatives annually and to attend plenary meetings of the CCC, which take place quarterly. For example, to increase member awareness and participation in the public process, we have created subcommittees focused on recent planning initiatives such as the Non-Winery Special Events Ordinance and a Winery Support Team to work with the County on proposed revisions to the Winery Ordinance.
The CCC website will be updated frequently with vital information regarding specific issues as well as general information that will enable members to better understand County policies and ordinances, processing of applications, dates of hearings, access to The Planning & Development Department and its staff members, Planning Commissioners and the Board of Supervisors. Other information will also be posted.
The CCC is currently forming alliances and affiliations with strategic partners throughout the County. This will expand our reach, provide information and realize our desired objectives.