Eblast: October 31, 2016

County Planning Commission Meeting
  • Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE)
  • Community Plan Workshop (Land-Use Map)
IMPORTANT COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 
WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
                  (break for lunch 12-1:30)
WHERE: San Bernardino & Joshua Tree (videoconference)
  • SB Co. Govt. Center - 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor, SB
  • Burke Co. Govt. Center, 6427 White Feather Rd., Joshua Tree
The meeting this Thursday will include a Public Hearing for the Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) followed by a Community Plan Workshop. Both topics are especially important to Joshua Tree & Lucerne Valley. (Planning Commission Mtg Agenda.) 
Be prepared for a long day! The RECE hearing will be presented in the morning. The Community Plan Workshop will follow. There will be time for oral public testimony regarding Countywide Land Use Maps – however comment time may be limited.
 
Written comments may be submitted in the event you do not have adequate time in person or if you are unable to attend the Meeting. For those attending the Meeting, we advise you to submit written comments when you complete the “Request to Speak Form.”
Send comments to:
or snail mail: Karen Watkins, Planning Manager, Land Use Services,
385 No. Arrowhead Ave., 1st floor,San Bernardino, CA. 92415-0187
 
MBCA, our conservation partners, and Morongo Basin residents participated in the SPARC process to provide RECE input. MBCA is encouraged that our positions have been incorporated.
 
Why is the Community Plan Workshop important?
The County’s Land Use Services staff will present their revised community-based land use map for review. The map revisions will be used in land use modeling & environmental analysis for the General Plan update. This is the public’s opportunity to review zoning maps & determine if they align with our Community Plans.
 
The need to correctly site solar projects in our communities is one example of the importance for our involvement in the land use map review now and to stay engaged during the Community Plan process. There are long-term implications to decisions being made!
And finally, here is a detailed critique of the Land Use Plan and Community Plan process, provided by Pat Flanagan, MBCA Director and Morongo Basin MAC representative.
 
If you are able, please attend the Planning Commission meeting and Community Plan workshop: Nov. 3 at 9 A.M.
 
Sincerely,
Sarah Kennington, MBCA President
 
Your 2016 MBCA Board
David Fick, Vice President
Steve Bardwell, Treasurer    Marina West, Recording Secretary
Pat Flanagan, Director         Meg Foley, Director             
Ruth Rieman, Director          Seth Shteir, Director
Claudia Sall, Events              Laraine Turk, Director

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