Yucca Valley, Ca.,- In the joint meeting last evening of the Yucca Valley Town Council and Planning Commission, the town officially received their new General Plan. While the process took over a year through some winding roads and controversy, nevertheless, it was approved last evening without an unanimous vote at a cost of $950,000.
The one sticking point seemed to be whether or not the Biological Wildlife Core map should be included in the General Plan. The Planning Center and the town attorney, Lona Laymon, had both advised it should be included for transparency and full disclosure in order to avoid possible lawsuits. The only NO vote from the Planning Commission came from the builder/developer, Tim Humphreville, who has properties in that wildlife corridor on the east side of the town.
Humphreville accused the Planning Center of using inaccurate maps and tried to stump the presenter with his mumbled question, “Did these maps consider the recent purchase of Section 33, the Joshua Tree property ear marked for open space?” Offering no data or hypothetical explanation of his own to connect that purchase to any impact on the wildlife corridor discussion, Deputy Town Manager, Shane Stueckle, jumped in to move the item forward.
Thank you to the members of the General Plan Advisory Committee, The Planning Center and Staff who worked many hours to bring forth this historic document that will live on beyond anyone else reading this post.
As the only person clapping after the General Plan was approved….I still applaud everyone that contributed to this historic moment for the Town of Yucca Valley.