San Bernardino County has drafted its response to the Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), and is now seeking public comment on the positions it proposes to take. County residents will have the opportunity to speak out about those positions in a special public meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers in San Bernardino.
Once the county receives public input, it will submit a finalized response to the DRECP in advance of the February 23 comment deadline.
The Alliance for Desert Preservations urges county residents, especially those who live in the High Desert, to attend and speak out. More than half of the acreage in the DRECP is in San Bernardino County. The DRECP would severely affect both private and public property in the desert regions of the county.
Among the county’s priorities in its proposed response is the protection of desert communities by focusing large-scale renewable energy development on federal, rather than private, land in the county. In the DRECP’s preferred alternative, the plan places about 346,600 acres of development on private land in the county, and 35,900 acres on federal land. Among the county’s recommendations: elimination of development focus areas (DFAs) in Lucerne Valley, Apple Valley, and Johnson Valley, among other regions currently targeted for development.
The county also calls for significant additional analysis and clarity in the DRECP.
To view the full the full county response, click here and go to agenda item number 1.
For more information about the February 10 meeting, click here.