SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY RECE - RENEWABLE ENERGY & CONSERVATION ELEMENT
Are you a San Bernardino County resident or someone with an interest in protecting the air quality and natural beauty of the Mojave Desert? If so, you want to join with Mojave Watch in requesting the County Board of Supervisors act to immediately send Renewable Energy Policy 4.10 - 4.10.3 to the County Planning Commission and to adopt these measures as originally presented on August 8, 2017. This is the original language that needs your support to be included in the county's RECE.
The measures that should be included provide the best means of protection against industrial/utility scale solar renewable energy projects that would seriously and permanently impact our desert communities and the quality of life of desert residents (human and wildlife).
Here is the language we are asking be retained as originally submitted to San Bernardino County:
RE Policy 4.10: Prohibit utility-oriented RE project development on sites that would create adverse impacts on the quality of life or economic development opportunities in existing unincorporated communities.
RE 4.10.1: Prohibit development of utility-oriented RE projects in the Rural Living Land use districts throughout the County.
RE 4.10.2 Prohibit development of utility- oriented RE projects within the boundaries of existing community plans, which at the time of adoption of this element are the Bloomington, Muscoy, Bear Valley, Crest Forest, Hilltop, Lake Arrowhead, Lytle Creek, Oak Glen, Homestead Valley, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Oak Hills and Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plan.
RE 4.10.3 Establish exclusion areas in the Development Code regulations for renewable energy development, beginning with the prohibitions in Policies 4.10.1 and 4.10.2 and provide for additional exclusion areas, such as new community plan areas to be designated by amendment to the development code.
Go HERE to print out or download a PDF letter to send to San Bernardino County Supervisors regarding RECE and asking them to also submit comment on the reopened Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP - federal).
The San Bernardino County Planning Commission is reviewing the original 4.10 language and an alternative wording, created by the Land Use Services Department, at the May 24, 2018 Planning Commision meeting. Please see our story about this matter, here:
2019 Update: Despite industry and union opposition, the original RECE 4.10 language has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Unfortunately, during the 1.5 year period that it took to bring the language through Land Use Services to the Planning Commission and then to the Board of Supervisors, several projects have been grandfathered in that would not have met the qualifications set forth in the RECE 4.10 language. This means rural desert communities will need to address each project individually.
Would your group or organization like a full presentation on the issues surrounding the San Bernardino County RECE and the newly reopened DRECP and what they mean for desert residents? If so, contact us HERE.