Will the County of San Bernardino truly stand behind their claims of support for residents of rural communities who have been confronted in recent years with one after another ill-suited development projects? The answer will become evident at this Thursday’s 9AM Planning Commission Meeting in San Bernardino. The single agenda item is the Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) section 4.10. Read the original version and the staff-recommended revision and see how unprotected the revision leaves us. The original version prohibits large scale renewable energy development in rural desert communities; the revised version simply benefits energy developers.
In MBCA’s May 21, 2018 official comment letter to the Planning Commission, we strongly defend the original version of RECE 4.10. Our rationale is supported by extensive citations from County documents that show how the revised language is in contrast to earlier County stances on development in rural areas.
Show your support with your presence at the Planning Commission Hearing, either in San Bernardino or at one of the two remote videoconferencing sites.
Other links and details on the videoconferencing sites in Joshua Tree and Hesperia can be found in our May 18 Eblast.
Again, we urge desert residents to attend the meeting in San Bernardino or at the remote videoconference sites in San Bernardino or Hesperia for a show of solidarity against the RECE 4.10 revision by Land Use Services staff.
Join MBCA and your Morongo Basin neighbors to represent our concerns about the location of large solar plants in the desert communities of San Bernardino County at this session of the County Planning Commission. Here is the official Notice of Hearing. For more information, see our May 11 EBlast. The complete Planning Agenda packet will be available on the afternoon of Friday, May 18, and we will provide the link here when available.
For an overview of the issues, read this in-depth examination of RECE 4.10 by MBCA's Pat Flanagan.
In addition to the San Bernardino location, the meeting will be videoconferenced to the Joshua Tree and Hesperia remote videoconferencing sites:
Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree
Jerry Lewis High Desert Government Center15900 Smoke Tree Street, Hesperia
The Chaparrosa Spring hike at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve is 5 miles out and back to a lush riparian spring surrounded by stacked rock formations. The hike is free to the public and lead by ranger staff, but reservations are required. Call (760) 369-7105.
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