Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 2, 2020

Mono Inn Project Rejected for Needed Improvements

from the Mono Lake Committee

After two lengthy days of public meeting and deliberation, the Mono County Board of Supervisors sent the Tioga Inn project back to the developer and staff for major improvements to the design and content.

Thanks to overwhelming public and community opposition voiced in the hearing, the Board listened and did not approve the project as proposed. Thank you to all of you who sent an email or commented at the meeting this week—it made a tremendous difference!

The Board affirmed its commitment to protect the long-term best interests of Mono County and its residents and visitors. Supervisors recognized that the project will set a precedent for large development throughout the county, and frequently noted the need to get the Tioga Inn project right—especially in light of its prominent location near Mono Lake, and its size relative to the existing Lee Vining community.

Supervisors are expecting significant project design improvements that will reduce visual impacts, resolve fire concerns, and add a safe pedestrian route between Lee Vining and the project site. We will continue to work in collaboration with the Lee Vining community and offer input that we hope the developer will use to craft meaningful changes and produce a project that respects the local community and the scenic Mono Basin.

The Board has tentatively scheduled a July 20 special meeting to consider the improved project. Stay tuned for further updates and opportunities to participate in this public process.

Thank you, and Long Live Mono Lake

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