Eblast: March 21, 2016

Altamira Housing project: MEETING RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY March 24th!
WHEN: Thursday, March 24th – 9:00 am
WHERE: Joshua Tree County Government Center (videoconference)
The teleconferenced County Planning Commission meeting about the Altamira housing project was rescheduled to Thursday, March 24th at 9:00 AM.  Due to a traffic accident that resulted in a downed power pole, the Joshua Tree Government Center could not provide videoconference service that had been set up for last Thursday, March 17, 2016. About 40 residents who appeared at 9 AM to make public comments about the project waited about an hour until this rescheduling decision was made. 
Hopefully all who showed up last Thursday AND MORE will make it for this week’s rescheduled meeting. Some residents are making the extra effort to drive to San Bernardino to attend the meeting in person and impress the Planning Commissioners of the strength of our opposition!
A comprehensive presentation of information and concerns about the Alta Mira project is now available on our Alta Mira Housing Project page via a series of emails sent to County Planning staff by MBCA Vice President David Fick.
As reported in the previous E-Blast:
The Commission will review the proposed Altamira development – 248 residential units proposed to be located in the southwestern portion of Joshua Tree. This is our opportunity to again demonstrate & voice strong opposition to this project! Plan to attend this video conferencing meeting!
The developer’s Initial Study does not consider any of the explicit provisions of the Joshua Tree Community Plan of 2007, a violation of CEQA. Neighbors are uniformly against the project.  The County Staff report includes sixty comment letters opposing the project – we encourage you to read these (starting on page 120) to understand the range of reasons to stop this project!
MBCA prepared extensive background and objections to the Alta Mira project. See MBCA’s commentary and other background information on our Alta Mira Housing Project page.

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