Rural Fate Again in the Balance
January 19, 2019 - Previously a likely date for the vote on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy Conservation Element (RECE) into the County General Plan was announced as January 29, but the day before yesterday it was announced by Dawn Rowe, the newly appointed Supervisor for the Third Supervisorial District on KCDZ Radio, Joshua Tree, that there would be a special meeting, due to the anticipated absence of Josie Gonzalez at the January meeting, on Wednesday, February 28. This appears as always still to be a chronically moving target, but we will continue to keep you updated.
On May 24, 2018, at the Planning Commission meeting, a large turnout of 4.10 supporters, including Association members, supported the submittal of that policy in its original form to the County Supervisors for approval which would be supportive of the rights of rural residents and landowners to prevent the proliferation of unwelcome installations, especially those in close proximity to rural residential areas like Newberry, having the potential for serious degradation of local health, safety, and quality of life. That support was successful inasmuch as the Planning Commission voted to send the policy in its original protective form to the supervisors.
Four-Ten Hearing Postponed
November 6 - Much to the chagrin of about a hundred proponent attendees, the vote on Policy 4.10 of the Renewable Energy Conservation Element, which has the potential for protecting communities from unwanted utility scale development in close proximity to rural residential areas, was summarily postponed by a unanimous vote of the four supervisors present, James Ramos absence obviously related to his campaign for the State Assembly. The risible reason for the postponement was that there should be five supervisors present for such a momentous decision.
When we first entered the chambers the layout looked a little strange. At least twenty-five percent of the seating had been reserved for county bureaucrats although one would definitely wonder why. The reserved seating of course made the attendance standing room only for numbers of the supporters of Policy 4.10 some of whom were elderly.
Association Letter Disregarded
If there was any doubt that small water users are really considered unter menschen by government agencies like the Mojave Water Agency, that doubt evaporated with the publication of “Watermaster’s Lodging of Letters Received from Parties from the Baja Subarea Related to Status Conference of October 12, 2018”, our Association letter being conspicuously missing from that document.
The Return of the Countywide Plan
On Tuesday September 11, 6 to 8 P.M. at the Newberry Community Center, 30884 Newberry Rd., there will be another Countywide Plan presentation where Newberry Springs residents and businesses can express their opinions on draft plan goals, policies, and actions as well as the proposed new land use maps and other maps/tables related to such things as growth in population, housing, and employment. The Countywide Plan, a fork of the 2010 Countywide Vision continues to be a vision mainly for unincorporated areas like Newberry but can have significant impact on incorporated areas as well.
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