A 248-UNIT JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS MOVING CLOSER

A 248-UNIT JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS MOVING CLOSER

In November, 2013, we told the Z107.7 community of renewed planning for a 248-unit residential project in Joshua Tree. Reporter Dan Stork says an initial environmental report has been issued for the Alta Mira housing development…
The San Bernardino County Land Use Department has released the Initial Study Environmental Checklist Form, dated July 15, for YV 105 LLC, also known at the Alta Mira project, in Joshua Tree. The project area is 105 acres adjacent to the north and west sides of Friendly Hills Elementary School. A Conditional Use Permit for a package plant to treat waste water generated by the 248-unit development has also been applied for. The determination in the report is that: “Although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment, there shall not be a significant effect in this case because revisions in the project have been made by or agreed to by the project proponent. A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION shall be prepared.” The checklist supporting this finding evaluates the project on about 90 items across 18 environmental categories, including aesthetics, biological resources, traffic, and much more— and rated no item as having a potential serious impact. Many items were rated as “less than significant,” or “less than significant with mitigation incorporated.”
The period of public comment on the report began Wednesday, August 13. According to a public notice of the study, all comments must be received no later than September 12 at 5 p.m. Submission contact information can be found in this story at z1077fm.com, as can a link to the 62-page report.

The report can be found at:
http://www.sbcounty.gov/Uploads/lus/Environmental/ISP200700997.pdf
Submit comments to:
cwarrick@lusd.sbcounty.gov, or to
Chris Warrick, Senior Planner
County of San Bernardino Land Use Services Department—
Planning Division
385 North Arrowhead Avenue, First Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0182

1 comment to A 248-UNIT JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS MOVING CLOSER

  • No EIR required? For a project this size and a community as small as Joshua Tree – It’s a given in the CEQA world that an EIR is required. I guess our County Planning Department is stubborn, ignorant and inept. That decision by the County (and it was their decision) will delay this project by three years at least (not that that’s a bad thing). At the rate these “scummy developers” are going, they’ll have their “gated community” in a couple of decades-maybe?

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