The last agenda item at tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of county supervisors in San Bernardino is a public hearing on a proposal by Land Use Services. The likely approval of the resolution will essentially free county planners from having to consider community input on development in the unincorporated communities. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more about what is at stake here…
Approval of agenda item 100 tomorrow will amend the County General Plan and approve a Countywide Plan including repeal of existing Community Plans for Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley as well as the communities of Landers, Flamingo Heights, Yucca Mesa, Johnson Valley, and others. The legally binding Community Plans for those areas will be replaced with what are being called Community Action Guides. These “Guides,” according to protests filed by the Morongo Basin Conservation Association with the state attorney general, will rob the county’s unincorporated communities from having a say in future development. They will ask county supervisors to reject the resolution at tomorrow’s public hearing.
The public may survey tomorrow’s meeting online or at the county government building in Joshua Tree where comments may be made via live video link.
The Board of Supervisors’ meetings are open to the public, including the remote site locations, for participation. Public access to the San Bernardino Government Center will be through the west doors, facing Arrowhead Avenue. All members of the public entering the building are required to go through a security scan and visitor health check, which includes a temperature reading. Facial coverings are required in all locations, and standing or sitting in the lobby is not permitted.
The following applies to meetings:
(1) The public may view the Board Meeting live stream at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx;
(2) If you wish to make a comment on a specific agenda item or a general public comment prior to the Board meeting, please submit comments via U.S. Mail*, email at BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be forwarded to the Board of Supervisors for review;
(3) If you wish to make a comment on a specific item or a general public comment while watching the live stream, please submit comments, limited to 250 words or less, to the Clerk of the Board at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments received prior to the end of the meeting will be provided to the Board of Supervisors after the meeting;
(4) If attending in person, facial coverings and a temperature reading are required. Seating in the board chambers is limited. Additional seating with video and audio of the meeting is available in the Joshua Room and the Rotunda, located on the first floor of the Government Center, adjacent to the chambers. (5) Any person interested in viewing or addressing the Board by interactive video (the Board members may see as well as hear speakers) may do so at the Bob Burke Joshua Tree Government Center, 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway, in Joshua Tree.