Lower Rock Creek area subdivision still on the books


A 55-unit housing subdivision project overlooking Lower Rock Creek canyon that was put on hold during the recession went before the Mono County supervisors Tuesday, May 7.

Developer Matthew Lehman asked the supervisors to approve minor changes made to the subdivision’s “specific plan;” changes that had to do with affordable housing mitigation requirements.

The supervisors agreed to allow Lehman to waive affordable housing mitigation actions that would have been triggered by the county’s 2006 Housing Mitigation Ordinance.

The ordinance requires certain mitigation actions and/or fees to be levied against developers in an attempt to offset the impacts of the development to the county’s supply of affordable housing.

The supervisor who had previously suspended the ordinance for the past year in order to stimulate development, agreed to the request. The supervisors also agreed to continue to suspend the ordinance for at least another 18 months, again in order to stimulate development in the county.