Land Development

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Morongo Basin residents cherish our region for its open spaces, native plant life, spring wildflowers, scenic views, wildlife encounters, clean air, and dark night skies.  To maintain these natural and rewarding conditions, MBCA provides information and encourages public comment on land development that may threaten the very conditions that make our region unique and eminently livable and enjoyable.

Problems that arise from poorly-planned developments include excessive dust from land scraping, blocking of wildlife corridors, flooding, and traffic and safety issues. 

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Past developments of concern have included poorly-sited solar fields and a casino.  More recently, an inappropriately large gated housing subdivision (see information on Alta Mira below), a chain store, and another poorly-sited solar field have been of concern.  

Our latest information on land development issues in the Morongo Basin will be provided on this page and the MBCA News page.

 

  • MBCA Opinion Piece in Hi Desert Star

    Read MBCA's editorial published in the Hi Desert Star on October 29, 2016.  It describes the problems with the County Supervisors' decision about the Altamira Housing Development and the lawsuit that has been filed by Joshua Tree residents. 

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  • Eblast: September 12, 2016

    • Altamira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13 
    • DRECP Record of Decision (ROD) Event – Sept. 14 

    We are all welcome to attend an event this Wednesday to mark the Record of Decision (ROD) that initiates the long anticipated DRECP (Desert Renewable Conservation Plan). Apologies for the late notice – MBCA just learned of it. Find the Department of Interior’s invitation below with details. 

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  • Eblast: August 29, 2016

    • Altamira Gated Housing Project
    • Joshua Tree Solar Farm
    • Soda Mountain Solar Project 
    • Dollar General Store vs. Joshua Tree
    • Homestead Valley & Pioneertown Community Plans
    • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture 


    SAVE THE DATES:
    • Alta Mira Gated Housing Appeal hearing preparation – Sept. 1
    • Alta Mira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13
    • Homestead Valley & Pioneertown Community Plans – see below
    • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture – Sept. 24  

    Recent decisions were made on a couple long standing issues of concern to MBCA and our conservation partners. Opposition wages on as several others continue to wind their way through decision makers. We can however finally celebrate one wonderful victory. 

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  • Eblast: June 4, 2016

    • Joshua Tree Airport Solar: Next Era solar project on 115 acres
    • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
    • Proposed Dollar General Store goes back to court
    • Camp Rock Solar / Camp Rock Road, Lucerne Valley
    • Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project ("Cadiz")
    • Eagle Mountain / JTNP Boundary Study
    • YV High School student Julia Martinez receives MBCA support
    • MBCA celebrated Emeritus Director Esther Herbert
    • 2016 Desert Wise Living Landscape Tour a great success!

    Things are warming up now finally after a cool May, eh? Hope your swamp coolers are serviced and ready to go for the summer ahead!
     
    There are several updates to long-standing campaigns and issues, also a new problematic solar project in Lucerne Valley. I believe the public interest in these issues and the willingness to respond are one of the Morongo Basin’s greatest assets. We want to continue to live in a healthy environment and there are definitely threats nipping at our heels that call for our attention and deserve a response!
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  • Eblast: April 13, 2016

    • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm: Planning Commission hearing - April 21st
    • Alta Mira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
    • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study


    I hope you can clear your schedules to take in the conservation-oriented events coming our way in coming days. Several critically important meetings for projects MBCA has been monitoring now require our attention. Of course, we can’t do “it all,” but hopefully you can find time to participate. We DO make a difference. Our presence and vigilance are being called on this spring to educate the community and decision makers!
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  • Eblast: April 5, 2016 (2)

    • National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study
    • Altamira Gated Community Housing Project: 248 homes on 105.24 acres
    • SPARC Forum, Phase 2
    • MBCA Events Calendar

    National Park Service completes Eagle Mountain Boundary Study

    The National Park Service has completed the Eagle Mountain Boundary Study Including Possible Withdrawal Environmental Assessment (boundary study/EA). The document reflects the comments and concerns shared with the study team during public scoping in Summer 2015. The NPS received approximately 11,000 comments during the scoping period. Last August, many MBCA members & supporters participated in this process. We have another opportunity now!
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  • Eblast: March 21, 2016

    Altamira Housing project: MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY March 24th!

    Alta Mira Housing project: MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY!

    WHEN: Thursday, March 24th – 9:00 am
    WHERE: Joshua Tree County Government Center (videoconference)
     
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  • Eblast: March 15, 2016

    • Alta Mira Housing project: IMPORTANT MEETING THIS THURSDAY!
    • Update on Joshua Tree Airport Solar Field Project (NextEra)
    • SPARC Forum – Phase 2: Community Outreach
    • San Bernardino County Renewable Energy & Conservation Element

    Alta Mira Housing project: IMPORTANT MEETING THIS THURSDAY!
    We’ve just learned about an important SB Co. Planning Commission meeting.
    WHEN: Thursday, March 17th – 9:00 am
    WHERE: Joshua Tree County Government Center (videoconference)
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