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March Planning Commission meeting regarding the Tioga Inn is canceled

March 22nd, 2020 by Bartshé, Eastern Sierra Policy Director

The March 23 Mono County Special Planning Commission meeting regarding the Tioga Inn is canceled.

The meeting has been rescheduled for April 16 at 9:00am. According to the Mono County Community Development Department, the meeting will be accessible remotely in a Zoom meeting online here and by telephone at 669-900-6833 (meeting ID# 760-924-1815), where members of the public shall have the right to observe and offer public comment.

As of the date of this post, the Mono County website has not yet been updated with the latest meeting information; the meeting will be re-noticed prior to April 16 along with a meeting agenda.

The Mono Lake Committee is concerned, given the background COVID-19 disruption affecting everyone’s lives, that this issue may not receive adequate attention, focus, and public process in the context of a Zoom and phone meeting—a venue for which there is little or no precedent in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. Nonetheless, Mono County has been clear with proceeding because the technology exists for public participation and they are mandated to process permit applications. However difficult it may be to participate, the April 16 Planning Commission meeting will be a key opportunity to express public concerns to decision makers.

While the Tioga Inn issue is difficult to prioritize in the context of the current world situation, it will matter in the future. The project proposes a number of significant, unavoidable impacts that would negatively affect the well-being of the Lee Vining community and the visual resources of the Mono Basin. We are working on a more detailed analysis of the project and details of how to comment ahead of the Planning Commission meeting, despite the disruptions that are affecting us all.

For more information about the Tioga Inn, click here.

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