LUCERNE VALLEY — Lucerne Valley/Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Committee Chairman Roger Peterson discussed the MAC Board’s receipt of the County of San Bernardino’s Notice of Preparation of a draft EIR and scoping meeting regarding the Ord Mountain Solar Energy Project (formerly Nextera) at last Tuesday's meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association at the Senior Center.

This large (approximately 500-acre) industrial-scale project is winding its way through San Bernardino County's planning process. Peterson said the MAC Board reviewed the notice and further discussed this project.

Based on negative community impact, the MAC Board strongly opposes the Ord Mountain Solar Energy Project, and Peterson said it will draft a letter of opposition to Third District Supervisor James Ramos.

MAC Board President Chuck Bell said this project is just one of many that are looming on the horizon for Lucerne Valley; residents need to remain proactive, because these developers will continue to apply within the county until such time that the new Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) is implemented.

Residents who are interested are encouraged to attend the scoping meeting at 5 p.m. June 13 at the Lucerne Valley Community Center, 33187 Old Woman Springs Road (Highway 247), Lucerne Valley. The purpose of this meeting is to solicit comments from interested parties on the scope and content of the environmental document that will analyze the environmental impacts of this project.

For residents who intend to voice their opinion, it is most advantageous to speak regarding the topic that is pertinent to this meeting, which are the negative effects of the project, Bell said.

The following is a list of the potentially significant negative effects of the project on the community and residents of Lucerne Valley: Aesthetics, air quality, biology, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, traffic/circulation, tribal cultural resources, mandatory findings of significance.