Resilient Mammoth Lakes

Resilient Mammoth Lakes Project Summary

The Town contracted with PlaceWorks, Inc. to lead the Town's Resilient Mammoth Lakes Project. This project is comprised of three individual components that share similar schedules and result in updates to the Town's General Plan.   One consultant team was hired to partner with staff on this project to provide greater coordination on related project components and ensure that updates to the General Plan are cohesive and completed within the required time frame. The primary project components are as follows:

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies (SB1 Adaptation Planning Grant):

Caltrans awarded the Town an Adaptation Planning Grant funded through Senate Bill 1 (The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017) on December 15, 2017. The project will develop climate adaptation and resiliency strategies for the Town of Mammoth Lakes to inform a General Plan update and incorporate Senate Bill 379 requirements. The project partners include local stakeholders, Caltrans, and a Climate Change Action Team made up of local agencies and community representatives. A vulnerability assessment will be prepared and adaptation strategies will be developed. Adaptation goals, policies, and implementation measures will inform an update of the General Plan to reflect recommendations developed through the collaborative process.

Background Information:

2019-2027 Housing Element Update

The 2019-2027 Housing Element update is due to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by June 2019. This current update will move the town to an 8-year housing element update cycle. Since the Town last updated its Housing Element, the Town and Mono County combined efforts to complete a housing needs assessment, which informed the Town's Community Housing Action Plan; accepted by the Town Council in December 2017. The Community Housing Action Plan will be used to assist with identifying current needs and conditions. The Housing Element update will reevaluate Town policies and methods to meet the community’s regional housing needs, site inventory, and governmental and nongovernmental constraints to development, while addressing issues and establishing policies with respect to achieving the community’s housing-related goals and objectives.

The Town of Mammoth Lake’s Housing Element was last updated and adopted by Town Council on July 1, 2014, and is deemed to be in compliance with State Housing Element law by HCD.  State Housing Law dictates the required Housing Element update cycle which was a five year cycle, but has been changed to an eight year cycle, which will apply to the current update. 

Safety Element Update Pursuant to SB 1241

The Safety Element of the General Plan must be updated to meet the legal requirements set out by Senate Bill 1241 and the timing of this required update must be coordinated with the Housing Element update. Work on this project component has already begun with assistance from a group of consultants who specialize in wildfire and land use planning. The Town was awarded a Planning Assistance Grant by the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire team (CPAW), to prepare goals and policies related to wildfire hazards that the Town could then incorporate into its Safety Element to address SB 1241 requirements. The CPAW team concluded their work in the fall of 2018, and the Town may now choose to incorporate CPAW recommendations into the Safety Element of the General Plan.

Resilient Mammoth Lakes Community Workshop - January 16, 2019
The Town will be hosting a community open house workshop for the Resilient Mammoth Lakes project on Wednesday, January 16, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers/Suite Z (437 Old Mammoth Road). This community meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the project and provide local perspectives on issues discussed
  • Understand how the project will benefit the community
  • Engage in discussions about how climate change can affect our Town and our region
  • Help identify ways to make the Town more resilient
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