Letter: MBCA Requests San Bernardino County Retain Community Plans

Posted by on October 23, 2020

Related MBCA News follows this letter.
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    MBCA President Bardwell Featured in Podcast on Dark Skies

    Posted by · June 23, 2024 8:18 AM
    MBCA President Steve Bardwell shares the story of the years-long effort to improve San Bernardino County's regulations on lighting with 90 Miles from Needles podcast host Chris Clarke and local night sky photographer Mitch Miller. The episode was recorded during an art show with a night sky theme at MazAmar Art Pottery in Pioneertown. The 46-minute podcast is available here.
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    MBCA Addresses Supervisors on Latest STR Study Conclusions

    Posted by · June 11, 2024 8:44 AM
    At their June 11 meeting, County Supervisors are set to receive the latest consultant report on Program 4, the Short-Term Rental study initiated by the state housing agency. MBCA has reviewed the report and is concerned that "the requirements of the Program 4 Study have not been satisfied." MBCA's June 11 letter specifies our concerns and states our expectation to continue "participating in the ongoing process of preparing the Program 4 study and view the current report as another step towards that end."
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    MBCA Supports Joshua Tree Community Center Improvement Grant

    Posted by · May 08, 2024 4:01 PM
    Joshua Tree's County Service Area 20 submitted a grant for improvements to the Community Center facilities that would "reduce the impacts of extreme heat, build community resilience, and strengthen the Joshua Tree community's vulnerability to heat." MBCA's letter supports the proposed improvements that include new outdoor cooling technology, drought-tolerant native landscaping, shade trees, community art, and more.
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    MBCA Addresses County Supervisors on Housing Issues

    Posted by · April 22, 2024 8:40 PM
    At the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23, MBCA again addressed the gaps in progress on the County's housing needs. Our letter was submitted to point to problems and contradictions with the San Bernardino County (SBC) General Plan Annual Progress Report and the Housing Element Summary. Among issues of concern are differing language between official documents about County growth, lack of progress on the Development Code Update, and lack of progress on Program 4, the study intended to examine and analyze conditions surrounding the lack of affordable housing and STR growth.  
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    MBCA Provides Comprehensive Critique of Program 4 STR Report

    Posted by · January 11, 2024 2:27 PM
    MBCA reported on December 17 about our response to the flawed Program 4 report commissioned by the County. The report concluded, "The County could not find clear and empirical data that indicates that short-term rentals (STRs) have a substantial impact on the availability of long-term, rental housing options in the unincorporated Mountain and East Desert communities."

    We are now providing the full 62-page response letter that details what MBCA believes are fallacious arguments, inappropriate conclusions and inferences, and overlooked past County corroborations of the problem. Some new data arrays are also presented. 

    Read the full "MBCA STR Letter" document.

    The Center for Biological Diversity also submitted a letter of concern in December.

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    Supervisors Deny Flamingo 640 Glamping Project

    Posted by · December 19, 2023 10:04 PM
    In a 3-2 vote on December 19, San Bernardino County Supervisors denied RoBott Land Company's appeal of the Planning Commission's earlier denial of their "campground" project in Flamingo Heights. MBCA's December 17 comments summarize the many concerns voiced by hundreds of area residents. All of the related documents are included on the County's page for this agenda item, including the video of the meeting. (Here is a timestamped list of the video of the Flamingo 640 Agenda Item). Supervisor and Chair Dawn Rowe introduced a substitute motion to replace Supervisor Hagman's motion to send the project back to the Planning Commission. Supervisors Cook and Baca joined Rowe in the majority decision to deny the RoBott Land Company's appeal. Extensive details can also be found on the Save Our Deserts FH 640 page.
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    County Will Delay Presenting STR Report to Supervisors

    Posted by · December 17, 2023 5:01 PM
    On December 14, MBCA sent to Supervisor Dawn Rowe and County staff a detailed critical analysis of the recently-released Short Term Rental Technical Memorandum prepared by consultant firm PlaceWorks. MBCA's extensive evaluation, summarized here,  refutes the PlaceWorks study conclusion that “The County could not find clear and empirical data that indicates that short-term rentals (STRs) have a substantial impact on the availability of long-term, rental housing options in the unincorporated Mountain and East Desert communities.” Our conclusions are also supported by a letter from the Center for Biological Diversity. MBCA's full analysis will be made available here soon. 

    On December 15, MBCA President Steve Bardwell received communication from Land Use Services Planning Director Heidi Duron that the Short Term Rental PlaceWorks report scheduled to be on the Supervisors’ December 19 agenda will be postponed until the January 23 meeting “to allow for additional time to evaluate and address your comments.”
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    MBCA Comments at County Land Use Services Open House

    Posted by · August 31, 2023 6:57 PM
    At the County Land Use Services Open House held in Joshua Tree on August 30, MBCA's President Steve Bardwell talked at some length with Mark Wardlaw, new Director of the department. MBCA sent a followup letter outlining concerns about land use issues that affect the Morongo Basin's unincorporated communities particularly. The letter includes some specific suggestions and summarizes our concerns related to water issues, Community Action Guides, climate change, Short-Term Rental ordinances, and a number of other topics.   
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    County STR and Housing Meeting Brings Large Crowd

    Posted by · August 26, 2023 12:34 PM

    County_STR_meeting.jpeg                                                                                     Photo credit Valeree Woodard

    Nearly 100 area residents crowded both rooms of the Joshua Tree Community Center to hear a report on the County's Program 4 Housing study, initiated to answer the question, "How Are Short-Term Rentals Impacting the Housing Market?" Colin Drucker, a representative of PlaceWorks, one of the two contracted consulting firms, presented a slide show summarizing the data gathered so far. He noted that the study covers only the unincorporated areas of the mountains and “east desert” (Morongo Basin) and not the “north desert” (i.e. Lucerne Valley, Newberry Springs, etc.). 

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