Tag: Planning Commission

Affordable Apartment Complex Project Goes Before City Council; School Board and Planning Commission Also Meet This Week

Big Bear Lake, CA — The proposed affordable apartment complex, slated for a nearly three-acre site on Jeffries Road across the street from Big Bear Middle School, once again goes before the City of Big Bear Lake; this round, the developer, National Core, Inc., goes before the City Council for conditional use permit approval, during this evening’s 5:30pm Council meeting in Hofert Hall. Other items to be addressed during this evening’s (June 14) City Council meeting include budget adoption, vacancies on both the DWP Board and the Planning Commission, and a presentation on Forest Care. The Planning Commission for the City of Big Bear Lake also meets this week, on Wednesday at 1:15pm, and also in Hofert Hall in the Big Bear Lake Civic Center. The June 16 meeting will address permit approval for the Big Bear Valley Community Gardens Project, potentially designated for 42050 Fox Farm Road, and a discussion item regarding design standards for signage within the City. The school board for Bear Valley Unified School District also meets this week, with a special meeting planned for 12:15pm this afternoon (June 14), during which time tentative agreements with the two unions, BVEA and CSEA, are expected to be ratified. The Board of Commissioners for the Department of Water and Power will not be meeting for their regular, monthly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), due to lack of a...

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School Board, Planning Commission and MWD Directors Meet This Week; Airport Meeting Held for Next Wednesday

Big Bear Valley, CA — In addition to this afternoon’s (June 2) meeting of the Planning Commission of Big Bear Lake, which will focus solely on the affordable apartment complex on Jeffries Road, this week’s public meetings include this evening’s regular board meeting for the Bear Valley Unified School District. Budget cuts are not agendized for this evening’s meeting, scheduled for a 6:30pm open session at the school district offices on Moonridge Road and, though tentatively agreed upon in their April 28 meeting, the Board of Trustees will not be determining final budget cuts on June 4; no date has yet been scheduled for this decision, per BVUSD today. This evening’s BVUSD meeting will include employee recognition of those teachers and staff who have served the district for 20, 25, 30 years or more. On Thursday, June 3, the Board of Directors for the Big Bear Municipal Water District meet for their regular meeting at 1pm, at the MWD offices on Lakeview Drive. Thursday afternoon’s meeting will allow for public comment on the proposed MWD budget for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as first reading of an ordinance pertaining to directors’ compensation. The Board of Directors for the Big Bear Airport District, which generally convenes on the first Wednesday of the month, will instead meet on the afternoon of Wednesday, June...

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Jeffries Road Apartment Complex Approval Goes Before Big Bear Lake Planning Commission Again; Public Hearing on June 2

Big Bear Lake, CA — Though no official action was taken on the proposed affordable apartment complex for Jeffries Road during last week’s Big Bear Lake Planning Commission meeting, the three of five Commissioners in attendance—VP Rich Lambert, Jim DeGroot and Craig Smith—did request project revisions from the developer National Core, Inc. Though the Planning Commission did move to continue the Public Hearing to their meeting of Wednesday, June 2, during which time the Conditional Use Permit will once again be considered, final contract approvals will still go before the City of Big Bear Lake’s City Council, which doubles as the Improvement Agency, the governing body that oversees the use of Redevelopment Funds which are designated for affordable workforce housing projects such as this. During the May 24 Council meeting, Jeffries Road neighbors contested many aspects of the project, slated to be built to the west of Big Bear Middle School. Of those concerns, the following revisions were issued to National Core by the Planning Commission during the May 26 meeting: save more trees, utilize less parking and move from the west side of almost three-acre parcel (which would otherwise back to Alpenhorn B&B), lower outdoor lighting to make it both dimmer and closer to ground, reduce apartment units from 59 to 53, construct sidewalk, curb and gutter from properties in Jeffries 500 block north to Big Bear Boulevard,...

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City Council Forwards Community Input on Affordable Apartment Complex to Planning Commission for Wednesday Vote

Big Bear Lake, CA — The bulk of last night’s meeting of the City Council of Big Bear Lake was focused on a discussion item pertaining to the proposed affordable apartment complex on Jeffries Road, the contract for which the City Council’s Improvement Agency approved in February; the developer of the project, National CORE, held a community meeting in Big Bear on May 8, to solicit input on the project, which was potentially slated to include 59 units on three acres across the street from Big Bear Middle School. Neighbors to the project voiced their protests to Council during the May 24 meeting, citing issues of density and noise, in addition to concerns related to the removal of trees on the 81,000 square foot space. Entering into the meeting, National CORE had reduced their proposal, to instead build 53 units and expand upon the community center for the project. In doing so, this could reduce the overall number of parking spaces, which was another concern of neighbors. As the City Council was not slated to take action on this item, they have directed the Planning Commission to address these issues (including an assessment of parking spaces needed) in their Wednesday meeting, when the project goes before them for a vote on the Conditional Use Permit. As pointed out by members of Council, the City of Big Bear Lake does...

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Planning Commission Approves Two of Three Items in May Meeting; Affordable Apartment Complex to Be Reviewed on the 26th

Big Bear Lake, CA — The JazzTrax Festival returns to Big Bear Lake, starting June 18 at the Marina Resort, given permit approval issued by the Planning Commission in their meeting of May 5. The Commission, led by Chairman Anne Zimmerman, also granted approval for an addition to Blauer’s Ski and Board Shop, located at 41177 Big Bear Boulevard; the existing 5,880 square foot building will be expanded by 1,700 square feet, and will include a second story for storage and office space. The Planning Commission also discussed the demolition of 12 existing cabins, on Jeffries Road across the street from Big Bear Middle School, to accommodate a 59-unit affordable apartment complex, the contract for which had been approved by the City Council’s Improvement Agency in February. This workshop/discussion item will receive additional review during the May 26 meeting of the Planning Commission. As noted last week, National CORE, the developer of the affordable apartment complex, held a community forum on May 8; community input and recommendations on the project will be incorporated into a presentation before the Planning Commission on May 26, though action may be held until the June 2...

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