Big Bear Lake, CA, October 28, 2014 – The Big Bear Lake City Council was asked to consider an appeal from the Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast regarding large weddings conducted on their grounds. Earlier this month, the city’s planning commission approved a conditional use permit allowing weddings, but limited the size to 49 guests and in addition required the construction of an ADA compliant bathroom on the grounds. Linda Carpenter, owner of Alpenhorn, appealed the decision stating that limiting the number of guests will hurt her business. Her attorney added, “the restrictions are not needed and are overreaching”.
The council chambers were filled with neighbors who objected to noise, parking issues, and party goers associated with a wedding business conducted in their neighborhood. After hours of testimony and discussion, the council voted 5 to 0 to uphold the planning commission’s original decision reaffirming the restrictions. Alpenhorn Bed and Breakfast, which is located at 601 Knight, near the Middle School in Big Bear Lake, will have 90 days to comply with the Conditional Use Permit in order to continue with weddings at that location.
In addition, the council approved being a host city for Special Olympics athletes participating in the 2015 World Games scheduled for next summer. Also, conceptual approval was given for a Stanfield Cutoff parking lot which would provide the needed space for a bike lane on the roadway linking to the Alpine Pedal Path.