North Bench Residents Can’t Have It Both Ways
Over the last few weeks, residents on the North Bench have been inundated by a massive fly outbreak. While residents have complained to the city, there is little that can be done. The flies are the result of two chicken ranches on the North Bench. The increase in the fly population is apparently tied to the sudden increase in temperature and the handling of chicken droppings. (Chicken droppings aka chicken poop is a natural by-product produced by the egg delivery system aka “chickens.”)
This is not the first time that such a problem has occurred. Problems with the chicken ranches have brought citizens to City Hall before, and as long as they are in operation, they will continue to do so.
However, there are solutions to the fly and smell problem that the ranches create. Developers have expressed interest and submitted plans to the Planning Commission in the past that would potentially have done away with the ranches. City staff also proposed changing the land use in the area that would have made the chicken ranch property more valuable which could have also led to the sale of the chicken ranches for development but in both cases residents who would like to preserve the open space on the North Bench have shot down those plans.
Yucaipa is a growing city. Right now the space is privately owned and zoned for use by the chicken ranches which predate most of the North Bench residents homes being built. Development of the North Bench would replace the chicken ranches with residential space.
New homes would also help build the city’s tax base, and provide more business for companies and hometown shops that operate in Yucaipa.
If the fly and smell problems on the North Bench are a problem for the residents then they should consider allowing the area to be developed. If they are going to oppose all potential development of the area then they should just get used to the smell and the flies. They can’t have it both ways.