Joshua Tree’s battle to keep Dollar General from opening a store here has been going on since 2011. Here’s the latest, as we understand it:
1. Dollar General has appealed the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance‘s win in CEQA court earlier this year. There will a series of briefs filed by each side over the next few months, with the final brief scheduled to be filed by the JTDBA on Nov. 4, 2015. A three-judge panel will then set a date for oral arguments. Sometime after the oral arguments are heard, the panel will issue a ruling.
2. Meanwhile, Dollar General and San Bernardino County have begun to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. A Notice of Preparation was issued last month. JTDBA’s counsel and other concerned parties have responded to this NOP. The JTDBA says that even if the County and Dollar General complete this EIR, they cannot begin to build a Dollar General in Joshua Tree. This is because the JTDBA (or some other party) could challenge the EIR’s findings in court, and the current CEQA court case (see #1) must also be completed and resolved.
Bottom line is that thanks to the JTDBA’s efforts, there won’t be a Dollar General built in Joshua Tree in 2015, but Dollar General hasn’t given up.
For a more detailed discussion of this ongoing battle, join the “NO Dollar General in Joshua Tree” group on Facebook.