Tag: Planning Commission

Master Plan of Trails Process Discussed at Planning Commission

Big Bear, Ca, November 15, 2011, 12:00pm – Earlier this year the City of Big Bear Lake was awarded a grant from Cal Trans to develop a Master Plan of Trails for pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trails on the valley floor.  Siri Eggebraten, city planner responsible for the grant, will be presenting on the Master Plan of Trails process at the Planning Commission meeting, which will take place tomorrow/ today at Hofert Hall at 1:15pm.  Eggebraten will be presenting the planning process, including the scope of work, the need for advisory committees, and public participation. The goal for the Master Plan is to produce a document that will list and prioritize pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian projects on the valley floor with connections to the National Forest, resources for active and healthy lifestyles, to act as stewards of natural resources including habitat conservation, and to make city partners such as the Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation eligible for future grants to construct trails and paths.  Eggebraten told KBHR that public participation will be very important in the planning process.  Those interested in hearing more about the Master Plan of Trails and how they can get involved are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting, as everyone is welcome to...

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Planning Commission To Look Into Alternative Methods To Inform Public

Big Bear, Ca, October 28, 2011, 4:00pm – In the future the City of Big Bear Lake may be using other methods to get information out to the public than the newspaper.  Historically public notices have legally had to be published in the newspaper to announce issues that need public input, or that are to be brought to the public’s attention.  At a recent California League of Cities meeting, the issue was brought up that newspapers may not be the best venue to get information out to the community anymore as readership levels have gone down across not only California, but the entire United States. The Big Bear Lake City Council sent the idea to Planning Commission to look into alternative forms of getting public notices out to the residents of the Valley.  Some of the ideas are email alerts, fliers in newsletters or mailers, or a page on the city website for these items.  Jim Miller, City of Big Bear Lake Community Development Direct told KBHR that the city is “not trying to eliminate anything, we are just trying to see how we can reach people better.”  Miller also added that the younger generations don’t read newspapers like past generations.  The issue will be discussed at the November 16th meeting of the Planning Commission, and the public is encouraged to attend and provide...

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Three New Planning Commissioners Selected

Big Bear, Ca, April 13, 2011, 12:00pm – At the April 11thCity of Big Bear Lake City Council meeting, three out of nine applicants for the Planning Commission were selected.  Joseph Pacelli, Paul Senft, and Anne Zimmerman were chosen to fill the open seats.  Pacelli will fill the  immediate vacancy left when then Planning Commissioner David Caretto was elected to City Council this past November.  In addition to filling the few months left on Caretto’s term, Pacelli will also serve another four-year term, ending on June 30, 2015.  Senft will fill the unexpired term of current Commissioner Jim DeGroot.  DeGroot gave notice that he is relocating out of town and will resign from the Planning Commission effective April 30, 2011.  His term is set to expire June 30, 2013. Zimmerman will serve another four-year term beginning this July when her current term as Planning Commissioner expires June 30 of this year.  Her new term will expire June 30, 2015.  Pacelli and Senft will take their oath of office at the first Planning Commission meeting they attend on May 4, 2011.  The Planning Commission consists of a five-member body, appointed by the City Council.  Currently, the Commission meets on the 1st and 3rdWednesday of each month at 1:15 p.m. in Hofert Hall. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30615.mp3|titles=Planning Commission...

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Planning Commission Meeting To Hear Big 5 Proposal

Big Bear, Ca, March 31, 2011, 12:00pm – The City of Big Bear Lake Planning Commission will meet on April 6th in Hofert Hall.  Big 5, a sporting goods retail store, will go before planning commission to obtain approval to start construction on a 10,000 square foot building on the south east corner of Big Bear Blvd, and Conklin Road.  Big 5’s proposed plan includes a 10,000 square foot building, a parking lot with 43 spaces, and driveway, sidewalk, gutter, and curb improvements, as well as a trash enclosure, loading zone, parking lot lighting, landscaping, and business advertising signs.  According to Big Bear Lake Director of Building and Planning, Jim Miller, this will be the 4th time Big 5 has attempted to find a location in Big Bear Lake.  In previous attempts, the developer for the store was unable to meet Big 5 requirements.  The Planning Commission meeting will start at...

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Appeal To Planning Commission At City Council

Big Bear Lake, CA, March 3, 2011, 2:00pm – At the February 28th meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council Larry Longo and Shirley Jones appealed to City Council about a decision that was approved in Planning Commission regarding a minor subdivision in their neighborhood, that a developer is going to turn into condominiums.  The Planning Commission and Big Bear Lake planning staff approved a minor subdivision to turn these non-occupied units into condominiums.  Longo’s appeal was based upon past non-compliance with the original conditional use permit issued in 2007.  The neighborhood objections had to do with setbacks, landscaping for screening, and non-compliance with conditions for grading, as well as run off issues caused by the new retaining wall.  In a 3-1-1 vote, with Carreto abstaining at the advice of the city attorney due to his previous time on the planning commission, and Herrick voting no on the motion made by Liz Harris, and seconded by Jay Obernolte to accept the conditional use permit as submitted by city staff accepting the minor subdivision without any additional conditions.  Harris, Obernolte and Jahn all voted in favor.  The applicants both suggested litigation if the minor subdivision was granted without additional conditions. [audio:http://kbhr933.com/wp-content/uploads/SP30492.mp3|titles=City Council Meeting...

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