Tag: Planning Commission

City of Big Bear Lake Seeks Residents for Appointment to Planning Commission, DWP Board

Big Bear Lake, CA — The City of Big Bear Lake has two vacancies to fill—one on the Planning Commission, the other on the Department of Water and Power Board of Commissioners—on terms that extend through June 2013. The Planning Commission is a five-member body, appointed by City Council, and meets on first and third Wednesday afternoons to make recommendations to Council on matters related to growth and development, such as General Plan amendments, specific plans and zone changes, as well as addressing development applications, such as conditional use permits, plot plan reviews, subdivisions and condominium maps. For these efforts, current Commissioners Anne Zimmerman, Jim DeGroot, Craig Smith and David Caretto receive a $400 monthly stipend. The DWP Board of Commissioners–which presently includes Big Bear Lake residents Steve Foulkes, Fred Miller, Bill Giamarino and Robert Tarras, each of whom also receives a $400 monthly stipend–meets on the third Tuesday morning of each month. Responsibilities of DWP Commissioners include decisions related to water conservation, supply, generation, distribution and sale of water and related services. Full-time Big Bear Lake residents interested in serving on either commission must be registered voters, and complete an application, available either at the Big Bear Lake Civic Center (at 39707 Big Bear Boulevard) or online at citybigbearlake.com. The application deadline is Wednesday, July 21 at 5pm. The City Council will interview prospective candidates for appointment to...

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Though Closures, Adjournments for Upcoming Holiday, Boulder Bay Park to Open for Fourth of July

Big Bear Valley, CA — In light of the upcoming holiday, some meetings will be adjourned and offices closed. The Big Bear Municipal Water District will not be holding their regular meeting this Thursday, and the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission will not be meeting on Wednesday the 7th. Offices for both the City of Big Bear Lake and the Big Bear City Community Services District will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day; with that, the CSD Board meeting has been adjourned for Monday as well. There is, however, one generally closed facility that will be open specifically for the holiday: the Boulder Bay Park at Big Bear Lake’s west end will be open for the Fourth of July weekend. At this week’s City Council meeting, City Manager Jeff Mathieu announced that Boulder Bay Park will be accessible, for a sneak preview early opening to include new landscaping and fishing dock, with a grand opening celebration of the lakeside park to be held in...

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Plans Grow, and Permits Approved, for Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project

Big Bear Lake, CA — A community garden will soon be sprouting in Big Bear Lake, given the efforts of the grassroots group the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project and the recent permits approval from the Planning Commission. As a June 16 decision from the Commission will allow for the development of a garden at 42050 Fox Farm Road, on the nearly half acre of County property between CVS and Medical Arts Pharmacy, garden committee member Robbie Bos tells KBHR, “We are thrilled with this opportunity to move forward. As we see it, this will be our first community garden, with more to come in different locations throughout the Big Bear Valley.” The garden will allow for individuals, or groups, to have their own plots to grow produce. As outlined by Bos, “We’re going to have over 36 dual garden plots, so everyone who participates will have two 4’x12’ plots with raised beds, which will be ADA compliant. We’ll also have a three-stage compost pile, and a staging area to be used for weekly talks by gardening experts. Probably the most important thing is that we plan to have a raised water tank in the center of the garden, which will then gravity feed into the garden plots. The garden will also include a cute, little residential fence around the perimeter and, in the future, we’ll have a...

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Though City Council Holds on Jeffries Road Apartment Complex Decision, Neighbors Voice Their Concerns During Public Hearing

Big Bear Lake, CA — At the onset of yesterday evening’s Big Bear Lake City Council meeting, it was announced to a packed Hofert Hall that the agenda item pertaining to the affordable apartment complex on Jeffries Road would be held until Council’s June 28 meeting. Though no action was to be taken, per a request from the developer National Core of Rancho Cucamonga, to hold for two weeks, neighbors of the project waited through a Forest Care presentation, City and Improvement Agency budget approvals, PowerPoints by city staff and other items, to address Council during the June 14 Public Hearing for the affordable housing project, which remained on the agenda. Eleven community members—from Linda Carpenter, owner of the adjacent Alpenhorn B&B, to 62-year resident Richard LeRoy to new resident Monica Kesslar, who closed escrow in the neighborhood just weeks ago—politely contested and questioned the proposed project, especially given traffic impacts as it is across the street from Big Bear Middle School, home to Big Bear’s only football field. Residents on Pennsylvania Avenue voiced concerns that, given the new affordable housing complex The Crossings on Knickerbocker, that they would be “sandwiched” between two affordable housing projects, thereby subject to increased traffic and likely reducing their home value, when it was yet unclear whether the City would need this many affordable housing units, particularly the over 50 units proposed for...

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Department of Water and Power Goes Before City Council on June 14; Bill LaHaye Recognized, Standby Fee Continues, Board Vacancy Announced

Big Bear Lake, CA — Though the Department of Water and Power did not hold their regular monthly meeting this morning (due to lack of a quorum), the agency did take center stage a few times during last night’s Big Bear Lake City Council meeting. DWP General Manager Joel Dickson’s first trip to the podium on June 14 was to join Mayor Liz Harris in recognizing DWP’s Water Resource Manager Bill LaHaye for his five years of service, which also included a stint as acting General Manager prior to Dickson’s appointment in 2008. “When I first started,” Dickson told Council, “Bill was my main resource.” He went on to praise LaHaye for pursuing $5.2 million in federal grants for the DWP, adding, “Bill worked just tremendous hours, and now we have that money.” For his part, five-year employee LaHaye noted, “It’s certainly been very interesting and challenging, and I am glad to be here.” The DWP stand-by charges were also reviewed by City Council, and the $53 fee (to maintain water infrastructure on as-yet-undeveloped properties) was unanimously approved. “It’s a modest charge,” per Dickson, “which is $53 on the property tax. This [vote] is simply re-establishing the existing fee that is in place. This fee is associated with the infrastructure requirements, rather than the water supply itself.” As added by Mayor Harris, “This fee has been the same for...

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