The Sandalwood Group is claiming victory. After a five-hour meeting March 28, the Big Bear Lake City Council put the brakes on any new affordable housing construction for at least a year.
For several months, the Sandalwood Group has been pleading its case to take things slow. The group’s members are residents and business owners from throughout Big Bear Valley. The informal group started small with members who lived near or owned businesses near a proposed affordable housing development on Sandalwood Drive. The group was at first fighting that development, but changed its focus following research.
Never against the city’s plan to provide funding for workforce housing, the Sandalwood Group’s position has been that there is no need at this time for 193 units as mandated by the state.
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