Last May, the board approved a temporary emergency moratorium, which sunsets on April 6, after Lake Arrowhead residents complained about the proliferation of sober living homes in their upscale mountain resort community.
Residents have blamed the facilities, which provide shelter for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts fresh out of rehab, for declining property values, a loss of home sales and an increase in crime.
County planners have worked closely with a consultant over the last year drafting the new ordinance, but need more time to finish the draft and bring it before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for public hearings. The county's goal is to have the new ordinance in effect in July.
During a public hearing last April, Dr. Carl Melville said continual problems with a sober living home near his medical office, including residents using drugs in the parking lot and having sex in a neighboring public restroom, forced him to relocate.
Alissa Blackburn said during last year's hearing that six sober living homes had either opened or were inthe process of opening in Crest Park.
Supervsior Janice Rutherford, whose district includes Lake Arrowhead, called for the moratorium while revisions are made to the development code tightening regulations on sober living facilities while ensuring that recovering alcoholics and drug addicts get the treatment they need in a residential setting.
In other news, the board will continue its closed-door discussions on whether it will appeal a Superior Court judge's dismissal of the county's 9-year-old lawsuit against Upland, Caltrans and San Bernardino Associated Governments (SanBag) seeking reimbursement for a portion of a $102 million legal settlement the county paid out to Rancho Cucamonga investor group Colonies Partners LP in November 2006.
State and local prosecutors now contend the settlement was tainted by bribery.
San Diego Superior Court Judge Ronald Prager concluded earlier this month that former Board of Supervisors' Chairman Bill Postmus' conviction on charges of accepting a bribe and conflict of interest voided the settlement.
The Board of Supervisors meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Robert Convington Chambers, on the first floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center located at 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., in San Bernardino.
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