County Approves Ban On Massive Solar Projects In Rural Residential Areas
Experiences with utility scale solar projects in Newberry has been less than agreeable considering the negative impact of the solar project on Mountain View, major drifting sand problems having almost buried adjacent residences not to mention the view obstruction and ground-cover damage created by massive multi-axis monstrosities. So the proposals to build utility scale mega-projects in both Newberry and Daggett have met with vehement opposition from local residents.
The same opposition to a multitude of similar projects also comes from residents in many other desert communities. So on February 28 at a special meeting the San Bernardino County Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to insert the original language of Policy 4.10, which essentially prohibits massive utility scale solar projects in rural residential areas, into the County General Plan.
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.
December Meeting Focuses on Issues and Bylaws
At the December 9 meeting nomination for offices continued and committees were formed to address the major challenges confronting Newberry-Harvard including the landspreading of sludge, billboards along interstate 40, water, and blight. Solar issues were discussed but formation of a committee to address those issues was postponed to the next meeting. Seeing that there is currently a rumor? circulating that a major central solar photovoltaic facility has been approved just West of Minneola in Daggett, the discussion at the next meeting may involve more solar than much of anything else.
Property Owners Association Takes a Stand
January 20, 2018 - Our association is in favor of a lot of things, but in order to get and preserve the good things, you’ve got to oppose the bad ones. At the January Property Owners meeting it was decided to take opposing positions in three areas and a supporting position on the elimination or alleviation of sewage sludge landspreading.
The NHPOA has written letters of support to County Supervisors expressing support for a proposed change in county landspreading provisions that will substantially limit landspreading of sewage sludge in our area.
There is currently an open request with County Planning for a permit to build massive solar photovoltaic installations in both Daggett and Newberry. Most of the installations are in the area West of Minneola beginning about one half mile east of Daggett all the way to Minneola Road, perhaps completely surrounding Barstow-Daggett airport. These installations, although always objectionable in some fashion are, in a way, only replacing previous solar installations that were sited there, one central receiver facility and one parabolic trough facility, both of which have long since been abandoned.
Community Services District Wants to Increase Property Taxes?
July 25, 2017 - At the last Community Service District (CSD) meeting, Directors Vickie Paulsen and Paula Deel proposed an increase in Newberry Springs property assessments to support District "improvements" which would ostensibly include creating a more or less professional fire department headed by the existing Fire Chief, Steve Miller, who is known to enthusiastically support such a move.
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