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Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 11:01 AM

Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 6 on County Government Systems and its related objective and policies?
We're just concerned that the county will streamline the permitting process when there are too many potential impacts to address during these processes.

Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 10:58 AM

What do you like about Goal 5 on Siting and its related objective and policies?
OK


Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 5 on Siting and its related objective and policies?
Policy 5.2; We don't agree with the use of good industrial site for solar due to industry may bring good jobs in the future, solar doesn't. Other forms of renewable energy production probably OK!

Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 10:54 AM

What do you like about Goal 4 on Environmental Compatibility and its related objective and policies?
All good but I assume this relates to large scale or what? Where does onsite single residential fit?


Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 4 on Environmental Compatibility and its related objective and policies?
Define RE development as to scale.

Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 10:51 AM

Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 3 on Community-Oriented Renewable Energy and its related objective and policies?
Policy 3.3: We would like to see the county add a "Renewable Energy Land Use District" (RELUD) that further breaks down renewable energy into specific types with its own requirements, like Industrial Solar with specific standards dealing with the impacts of large acreage land disturbance & community. Biomass with air quality standards. Algae farms located adjacent to industry that produces tons of co2, for example.

Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 10:43 AM

What do you like about Goal 2 on Renewable Energy Systems and its related objective and policies?
All looks good!


Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 2 on Renewable Energy Systems and its related objective and policies?
No!

Richard Selby September 7, 2016, 10:29 AM

Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 1 on Energy Conservation and Efficiency and its related objective and policies?
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We are concerned about the methodology behind the word "Encourage" as its applied here. To "encourage" passive solar design in the desert is difficult at best. All residential construction by the year 2020 will be required to be "Net Zero" in energy use & production by the new building codes. This will definitely accomplish these desired effects. Will there be penalties for not complying with the Green Code Optional upgrades when the county hasn't adopted them?

Vickie Paulsen September 7, 2016, 6:51 AM

What do you like about Goal 5 on Siting and its related objective and policies?
Encouraging new subdivisions to set aside land for RE. Unfortunately, Newberry Springs is too spread out to benefit from this in most areas, but it's a good idea.


Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 5 on Siting and its related objective and policies?
The "fallow" agricultural land. In Newberry Springs, our fallow hay fields are everywhere and should not be considered for this. Also, as happened with the one big site that was badly done here, on un-used land, any large site with big solar panels has a huge impact on the quality of life for all of us.

Thomas Egan August 30, 2016, 9:16 AM

SPARC has stated that it will specifically support the County’s goal to achieve a sustainable system of resource development and management in which development complements natural resources and the environment. SPARC has also stated that it will assist the County in intelligently managing resources for habitat preservation, recreation opportunities, resource extraction, alternative energy, future growth, water quality, and air quality, all within a regulatory framework that does not impede the creation of a sustainable economy. However, SPARC to date doesn’t appear to have addressed natural communities conservation planning. I would note that the state law authorizing the planning grant provided to San Bernardino County specifically states that conservation planning (Natural Communities Conservation Plan) is one of the types of plans to be developed.

As a part of identifying areas of least environmental conflict for community-oriented RE generation/development, all areas supporting high natural resource value (i.e., plant and animal species ranges, habitats), including specifically those lands supporting high resource values identified in a biological resource gap analysis, should be identified. A mapping of these resources/lands should be overlain with potential RE areas, as well as a mapping layer identifying potential climate change planning needs. This mapping exercise will facilitate long-term planning that would best balance the economic, environmental, and social costs/benefits of community-oriented RE generation in the county. Associated high value resource lands should be appropriately zoned per the County's general plan so as to protect high resource values and allow for conservation management by county, state and/or private mitigation banking entities.

Thomas Egan August 29, 2016, 4:53 PM

Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 5 on Siting and its related objective and policies?
Least conflict areas for RE development/siting need to be identified, proximal to energy need and existing transmission load infrastructure. Equally important, areas for environmental conservation need to be identified to ensure this environmental priority is secured throughout our county, which address long term management and uncertainties associated with climate change. Energy generation should benefit county residents over that of energy consumers living outside our county.

Vickie Paulsen August 13, 2016, 8:22 AM

What do you like about Goal 1 on Energy Conservation and Efficiency and its related objective and policies?
The last sentence of the first paragraph. I'm a big fan of rooftop gardens for the flat-roofed large-area stores and warehouses. More expensive to construct the roof to hold them, but enormously effective in keeping the temps even inside the buildings, cooling all the surrounding territory, and enhancing air quality. They can also provide park space for employees and thus a happier work environment.


Is there anything you would change or add about Goal 1 on Energy Conservation and Efficiency and its related objective and policies?
No, but it's a reality that "affordable" comes with an initial higher price. We have to be willing to pay that price one way or another.