“Alta Mira” is a proposal to build a 105-acre, 248-home gated community in Joshua Tree south of the 62 next to the Friendly Hills Elementary School, with individual units retailing in the $250k range. Developers say the project would be constructed in phases, over a period of ten or more years.
Alta Mira has generated tremendous and unanimous opposition from the Joshua Tree community from its introduction over eight years ago. As local radio station 107.7 put it, “[C]ommunity opposition [has] centered around the project’s high density, environmental degradation, and the low-desert aesthetic a gated community would foster.”
Despite this continued opposition from the Joshua Tree community, Alta Mira’s developers have moved their proposal forward. The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will be addressing the project at 9am tomorrow, Thursday, March 17.
Opponents to Alta Mira should attend the Planning Commission meeting in person in San Bernardino and make a public comment. Alternatively, you can go to the San Bernardino County video-conferencing center located on the first floor of the Joshua Tree County Government Center at 63665 Twentynine Palms Highway at Whitefeather Road, and make a public comment there.
The Joshua Tree community’s concerns about Alta Mira, and the County staff’s woefully inadequate report on the subject, are deep and well-founded. Many of these objections were outlined in the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council’s resolution on the issue. Here is the text of that resolution, which was adopted this past Tuesday by a unanimous vote: