Today’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting in Independence regarding the REGPA saw massive turnout, with the entire lobby of the building filled, as well as the Board Room. Community members throughout Inyo, as well as cities in other counties, spoke to the Board covering important points of the REGPA’s current flaws; creative ideas about how to move forward were offered, and the Board was asked to seriously weigh the unique importance of Inyo County’s open and scenic landscapes.

An overflow crowd listens to community input on the REGPA

An overflow crowd listens to community input on the REGPA

Supervisors were receptive and appreciative of community input, and in closing seemed to show that they were taking the comments seriously in their upcoming decision about the REGPA. Many of the comments covered points highlighted by letters posted here at Deepest Valley; a number of the speakers were those same authors, some of whom drove long distances to be present at the meeting.

The meeting today showed that the people of Inyo County and its visitors are deeply involved and concerned with the future preservation of our landscapes. Inyo County’s decision makers seemed to genuinely listen to their constituents. It was expressed by the Board that the Planning Department has a tall order in moving forward; much work needs to be done in order to have a REGPA document that appropriately addresses the concerns that were voiced in today’s meeting. It will be very interesting to see what the Planning Department presents on April 1st when they ask the Board to make a decision.

We here at Deepest Valley are extremely thankful that the Planning Department and the Board of Supervisors extended the timeline a bit, and opened up today’s meeting for the commentary that ensued. We’ll have more in-depth coverage of the meeting once we get the audio/video and are able to address specific points by both the public and county officials.

Community attendees at the March 18th REGPA workshop

Community attendees at the March 18th REGPA workshop

In the mean time, stay tuned to the REGPA’s progress here at Deepest Valley. The issue is far from over, and your continued involvement via letters to the Board and calls to your District Supervisors are the key to creating an acceptable renewable energy future in Inyo County that protects our open spaces.

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