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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL SHORT-TERM RENTAL

On Tuesday night, May 5, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission held its regular meeting on-line. Reporter Hilary Sloane has the specific details of that meeting…

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission held a virtual meeting Tuesday. Video screenshot

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission met online Tuesday, May 5. After hearing public comment for and against a short-term vacation rental in the Indian Cove neighborhood at 6784 Pine Spring Avenue, the commissioners granted the owner a rental permit. Indian Cove is a 450-home residential area with seven permitted vacation rentals and one pending. Three residents objected to noise, traffic, trespassing, the number of vacation rentals in the area, and described short-term rentals as hotel use. The planning commission reminded the residents that vacation rentals are residential properties that are not considered hotels. The Commission made a note to continue to stop unpermitted rentals and suggested to the public that there is a process for changing the development code if they want to eliminate short-term rentals in neighborhoods.

The commissioners then reviewed the removal of development fees from properties adjoining National Park Drive between Cactus Drive and Mara Drive. The fees for specific plan development, road development, and processing fees were added before the requirements were completed through state grants and local monies. The commission approved the amendment to waive the fees.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS TONIGHT

Tuesday night, May 5, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold its regular meeting online. Reporter Hilary Sloane has the agenda details…

At the May 5 regular meeting, the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will consider appeals to deny a vacation home rental application at 6784 Pine Spring Avenue.

Commissioners will also consider removing the requirement that owners must live on the property if they rent out accessory dwelling units to conform with state law. 

In addition, the commission will consider eliminating development fees on properties adjoining National Park Drive to Mara Avenue, Inn Avenue, and Cottonwood Drive.

View this meeting on demand on May 5 at 5 p.m. by going to the Twentynine Palms website at www.29palms.org. Or Live Stream on the city’s website by clicking on the Meeting Agendas link.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS: CONTRACT WITH UNITY HOME, SHORT TERM RENTAL CHANGES

At tomorrow’s regular 10 a.m. meeting of County Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to approve a $303,000 contract with Morongo Basin Unity Home to provide domestic violence intervention and shelter services through June 2021. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells about another agenda item concerning Short Term Vacation Rentals…

The board will hold a public hearing and likely vote on a number of amendments to the County Code relating to Short Term Vacation Rental Accessory Dwelling Units. Land Use Services is recommending the updates, all of which are less restrictive, in order to more closely align county regulations with those of the state.

Because the governor’s stay-at-home order prohibits public participation in person anyone may watch and participate in tomorrow’s meeting electronically.

Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the Governor’s Executive Order and Office and the San Bernardino County Public Health Officer:

(1) You may observe the live stream of the board meetings at http://www.sbcounty.gov/Main/Pages/ViewMeetings.aspx;

(2) To comment on a specific agenda item, submit your comment via U.S. mail, email or online by 8 a.m. the day of the board meeting. Submit comments to the clerk of the board at: BoardMeetingComments@cob.sbcounty.gov or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Comments will be placed into the record at the meeting.

(3) If you are watching the meeting live stream and wish to make a general comment or comment on a specific agenda item as it is being heard, submit comment of 250 words or less to the clerk of the board at http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/publiccomments/default.aspx. Efforts will be made to read the comments into the record as time permits. Comments received after an agenda item will be made part of the record if received prior to the end of the meeting.

(4) Comments may also be submitted via U.S. mail to: San Bernardino County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave, 2nd Fl., San Bernardino, CA 92415

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MAKES BUDGET TRANSFERS TO COVER VIRUS LOSSES

Governing from a safe social distance—they sat six feet apart and all wore face masks—the Twentynine Palms City Council gathered last night primarily to discuss the city’s fiscal response to COVID-19. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

Attendees at the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting are all masked. Heather Clisby photo

The Twentynine Palms City Council met last night in an otherwise empty chamber and discussed the financial realities in light of COVID-19. City Manager Frank Luckino detailed staff recommendations on budget cuts to address the decrease in projected revenue.

Twentynine Palms City Manager Frank Luckino and Council member McArthur Wright wear masks during the council meeting. Heather Clisby photo

Though the city has undesignated reserves of $6 million, the near-standstill of tourism brings a significant revenue shortfall through June. Thus, the council unanimously approved budget transfers from several projects and purchases, namely: Trails Flood Control Plan, Animal Control Quarantine Building, Amboy and Hatch/Sullivan bike paths, El Sol curb and gutter, playground equipment, and the electronic sign.

Captain Luke Niles, Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle and Councilmember Karmolette O’Gilvie attended the meeting remotely. Heather Clisby photo

With the resulting savings of over $860,000, $100,000 will be retained to replace the roof and repair the Animal Control Building as that was deemed necessary. The remaining funds will be divided equally between the COVID-19 Stabilization Fund and Project Phoenix, at $380K each.

Twentynine Palms City Council members Joel Klink and Dan Mintz wear masks during the meeting. Heather Clisby photo

Attending remotely, Supervisor Dawn Rowe gave an update on the drive-through testing for COVID-19 on April 22 at Copper Mountain College. There will be a 48-hour window for residents with symptoms to make appointments. Rowe urged residents to stay updated at the County’s COVID-19 website, sbcovid19.com.

County Supervisor Dawn Rowe attended the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting remotely.

Responding to concerns of Airbnbs and short-term rentals defying orders and renting to visitors, there is now a hotline to report suspicious rental activity: 888-399-8591.

COUNTY ORDERS SHORT TERM LODGING TO CEASE OPERATIONS

The County’s Acting Health Officer formally ordered short-term lodging facilities—including hotels, motels, and short-term residential-style rental units—to cease operations until the governor’s “Stay at Home” order and the County’s order prohibiting gatherings have been rescinded. The county issued the specific order Thursday to bring about compliance and assist in enforcement. Short-term lodging facilities may operate only if they are being used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment, such as serving the homeless population, or are being used to house workers supporting critical infrastructure. The county’s order also extends indefinitely the prohibition on gatherings, and continues the closure of all movie theaters, gyms, health clubs, bars, and other businesses. The order does not pertain to essential businesses.