Thurs Jan 17, 2013: Hearing in San Bernardino re Dollar General’s Joshua Tree proposal


The County’s Planning Commission is scheduled to hear testimony re Dollar General in Joshua Tree on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the County Government Center in the city of San Bernardino. Details are in item 1 below.

Please consider attending this hearing as a community member opposed to this proposal. We have all the relevant testimony prepared. What we need most is to have people in the room on our side. You do not have to testify. You just have to be present.

Community members opposed to the Dollar General proposal are facilitating a meeting Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 from 10am-12noon in downtown Joshua Tree. We will be organizing carpools to and from the Jan. 17, 2013 hearing, as well as organizing our testimony. Details are in item 2 below.


Here is a scan of the notice of hearing received by a local resident:


Here is a transcript of the most relevant parts of the hearing notice:

APN: 0603-204-04

Applicant: Dynamic Development LLC

Location: Bounded by 29 Palms Highway, Sunburst Avenue, Commercial Street, and Mountain View Street

Project No: P201100357/CUP

Rep(s): Dynamic Development, LLC (Damon Porter)

Proposal: Conditional Use Permit to establish a 9,100 square-foot general retail store on 1.45 acres

Date and time of hearing: January 3, 2013 at 9am or there after Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

Place of hearing:

San Bernardino County Government Center
Board Hearing Chambers, first floor
385 North Arrowhead Avenue [between 3rd and 5th Streets]
San Bernardino, CA 92415

Any person affected by this application may submit their concerns in writing prior to the hearing or in person and be heard in support or opposition to the proposal at the time of the hearing.

If you challenge any decision regarding the above proposal in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing. Due to time constraints and the number of persons wishing to give oral testimony, time restrictions may be placed on oral testimony at the public hearing regarding the proposal. You may wish to make your comments in writing to assure that you are able to express yourself adequately.

The proposal project application and environmental finding may be viewed at the Planning Division at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor, San Bernardino, CA [92415] from 8am until 5pm. To assure that someone will be available to assist you, it is suggested that you call the Planning Division at (909) 387-8311 to set a time to review the documents. [This is also the address where you can mail written correspondence regarding this proposal to.]

The Planning Commission in their deliberation could approve, approve with conditions or modifications, deny the project, or refer the project to the Board of Supervisors for a noticed Public Hearing. The action of the Planning Commission, whether to deny or approve this project, may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors.


We will be meeting Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 10am to 12noon at:

Hospice of Morongo Basin – Meeting Room
61675 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree
(760) 366-1308

Hospice of Morongo Basin – Meeting Room
61675 Twentynine Palms Hwy
Joshua Tree
(760) 366-1308

The meeting room/office area is accessed from an interior door inside the thrift store. That door is near the cashier counter.

Please join us if you are interested in attending the January 17 hearing in San Bernardino.

At this meeting, we will be organizing carpools to and from the hearing, as well as organizing our testimony and presentation strategy.

Community members who have been active to date in opposing Dollar General’s proposal will be present to facilitate the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

If you can only be present for part of this meeting, that is fine. Just show up when you can, and stay as long as you wish.


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2 Responses to Thurs Jan 17, 2013: Hearing in San Bernardino re Dollar General’s Joshua Tree proposal

  1. Pingback: Saturday, Jan. 12 10am: Dollar General opposition meeting in Joshua Tree | Defend Joshua Tree

  2. mary opp says:

    Dear San Bernardino planning commission-

    We have moved to Joshua Tree, Ca. to make it our home as we appreciate its eclectic small town atmosphere. We knew that next to the town of Joshua Tree is a larger city with big box stores and chain restaurants. We didn’t want to live in a town with those stores available. The town of Yucca Valley adjoins the town of Joshua Tree and has those businesses available. If i wanted to go shop at a Dollar Store i can shop at the one in Yucca Valley only minutes from my home.

    There is no need to add this store to Joshua Tree. I moved here and live in a old house here from the 1950’s needing restoring. The ambiance of Joshua Tree attracts tourist dollars by its quirky claim of small shop owners selling hand-made items and services.

    Thank You —

    Mary and Michael Opp
    Joshua Tree, Ca. 92252

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