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Tioga Inn proposed development

No vote on the Tioga Inn project yet
Mono County Supervisors will consider the project again

After 15 hours of public meeting and deliberation on June 29 & 30, the Mono County Board of Supervisors declined to approve OR deny the Tioga Inn project, and sent it back to the developer and Mono County staff for major improvements to the design and content.

The Supervisors are expecting to see significant changes to reduce visual impacts, resolve fire safety concerns, and add a safe pedestrian route between Lee Vining and the project site. They tentatively scheduled a July 20 special meeting when they can consider the improved project.

Thank you to all of you who commented in the meeting or by email! Your input made a tremendous difference.


Highlights about the project:


reflection from Tioga Inn project housing site
In an effort to assess the effects of reflective surfaces at the proposed Tioga Inn project site, Mono Lake Committee staff brought a 2×3-foot mirror to the site and photographed the reflection from South Tufa. This photograph was presented to the Board. Click the photo to enlarge it.

photo courtesy of Jeff Sullivan
Looking west towards Tioga Pass and the Tioga Inn project area from South Tufa. Photo courtesy of Jeff Sullivan.

Tioga Inn project viewshed analysis
This viewshed analysis was presented to the Board to demonstrate how visible the buildings proposed in Alternative 6 of the Tioga Inn project would be across the Mono Basin. Analysis by Robbie Di Paolo (click here to see how it was generated and to see a larger version).

Tioga Inn project housing site
A view of the Tioga Inn project housing site, with Mono Lake to the north. Photo courtesy of Lynn Boulton.

Tioga Inn community meeting
Community concern about this project has been demonstrated and well-documented since the scoping process for it began four years ago. This community meeting took place on March 3, 2020, right before COVID-19 prohibited gatherings like this.

Planning Commission site visit
The Mono County Planning Commission and the public toured the Tioga Inn project site in September 2019.

Tioga Gas Mart
The Tioga Inn project is located on the same property as the Tioga Gas Mart (or Mobil Mart) at the junction of Higway 395 and Highway 120 West to Yosemite.


Questions about this project? Call (760) 647-6595 or send an email.


Key documents

Mono County website: June 2020 public comment letters here and here

June 2020 letter to the Mono County Board of Supervisors from the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger:
comment letter
Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2
Exhibit 3

June 2020 letter to the Mono County Board of Supervisors from members of the Lee Vining community

April 2020 letter to the Mono County Planning Commission from the law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger:
comment letter
Exhibit A
Exhibits B–G

Mono County website: 2020 Tioga Inn Specific Plan & Final Subsequent EIR

Mono Lake Committee's comment letter from August 21, 2019

Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger's comment letter from August 21, 2019

Mono County website: 2019 Tioga Inn Specific Plan & DSEIR

Mono County website: 1993 Tioga Inn Specific Plan & Final EIR

Mono County website: Mono Basin Community Plan


key Committee articles about the project

To see all Mono-logue posts about the Tioga Inn project,
click here

July 1, 2020 post: Mono County Supervisors tackle the big picture on Tioga Inn, direct major fixes

June 23, 2020 post: Tioga Inn project threatens Mono Lake views and creates harmful impacts for the Lee Vining community, Mono County, and the gateway to Yosemite National Park

April 11, 2020 post: Tioga Inn goes before Planning Commission for decision on April 16, 2020

February 29, 2020 post: Tioga Inn Final SEIR released

Winter & Spring 2020 Mono Lake Newsletter: Decision on Tioga Inn project nears: Public input on controversial proposal still key

Fall 2019 Mono Lake Newsletter: Tioga Inn development proposes significant adverse impacts; Inadequate DSEIR prompt strong public response to Mono County

August 22, 2019 post: Over 700 comment letters submitted about the proposed Tioga Inn project

July 25, 2019 post: A 100-unit workforce housing village proposed adjacent to Lee Vining near Mono Lake and Yosemite National Park

November 14, 2016 post: Tioga Inn project at the Mobil Station moves forward after 23 years


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