BIG BEAR LAKE, CA – On February 13, 2017 members of the community, City Council and City staff gathered to discuss the recent frustrations which resulted from the January 2017 snow storm.

At the Regular City Council Meeting, David Lawrence City Engineer/Director of Public works offered a recap of snow plow operations during the January 19-January 23 snow storm. This once in ten year snow event caused a number of issues for residents and visitors alike due to snow removal issues and overcrowded streets. Following presentations from representatives of Snow Summit, LLC, Big Bear Fire Authority, United States Forest Service, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department the floor was opened to the public.

Last month, our community experienced a once-in-ten year snow storm which caused a myriad of concerns and unusual circumstances for our residents. As we prepare for another holiday weekend with President’s Day, current weather predictions for another potential intense snow storm are all over the map. But, please be assured, that city staff is coordinating with other agencies to be prepare and, in abundance of caution, planning for "the perfect storm" with a combination of heavy rain and snowfall. In addition to that we are prepared for most of the lodging and TPHRs to be 100% occupied with an influx of visitors heading up for the long weekend. We are continuing to partner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, Big Bear Fire Authority and the U.S. Forest Service to preemptively combat many of the concerns that are likely on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Contact information for important Valley agencies is included below for your convenience.

Plans have been established to:

  • Double the amount of law enforcement in order to direct traffic
  •  Add additional Code Compliance personnel to assist with TPHR enforcement
  • Implementation of alternative parking for the mountain resorts not involving city streets or public lots
  • Additional law and code enforcement personnel are assigned to patrol areas of concern regarding snow play and illegal parking
  • Caltrans will be responsible for clearing all four lanes on Big Bear Blvd. giving city Public Works crews the opportunity to concentrate on removing snow on city streets
  • Berm busters will be deployed early after the initial snow removal pass and again after streets have been widened
  • Arrangements have been made for additional tow companies to be available for towing of illegally parked cars on city streets; and all entrances to the city will be signed with “No Parking During Snow Conditions, Violators Will Be Towed” electronic message boards

It is our supreme goal to provide the best service we can to our residents and we encourage you to contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have. Additionally, please reference the list below of contacts to help guide you when help is needed:

  • Emergency Situations – call 911
  • Issues regarding Code Enforcement (Private Home Rentals, Land Use, Property Maintenance, etc.) – call the 24-Hour Code Hotline (909) 866-2633
  • Non-emergency situations related to Safety and/or Fire –
  • Power & Utility Issues –
  • Questions regarding snow conditions, snow removal and berm reduction – call the City’s 24-hour Automated Snow Removal Hotline (909) 752-2830, OR, to speak with a representative during regular business hours regarding snow removal and berm reduction contact the Public Works Department (909) 866-7521
  • Questions regarding highways 330/18/38 and Big Bear Boulevard - Caltrans District 8 (909) 383-4631 

 

UPDATED: 2/16/2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that, DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE BIG BEAR VALLEY, the following events have been cancelled:

JANUARY 23, 2017
JOINT CITY COUNCIL-PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING | DOWNLOAD NOTICE

JANUARY 23, 2017
CITY COUNCIL MEETING | DOWNLOAD NOTICE

For more than 5 years the City of Big Bear Lake has teamed with Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to develop and revitalize Moonridge Road and the Rathbun Creek Corridor as a key feature of the Master Plan of Trails. The many hours, days, weeks and years of dedication will bring this Plan to fruition with a final Community Meeting on Monday, February 13th at 3:30 p.m. in the Training Room at the City of Big Bear Lake Civic Center 39707 Big Bear Blvd. and a final presentation to City Council and the Big Bear Lake Planning Commission to follow in the Performing Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. For more information regarding the Sustainability Plan please follow the links below.

 

COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE & PRESENTATION
Rathbun Corridor Sustainability Plan

The residents of the Big Bear Valley are invited to attend an Open House to view a community vision for a trail, trail amenities, and commercial development along the Rathbun Creek Corridor. The evening will include the three primary elements of the planning and design process, including environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social equity. After the Open House a presentation on the Final Plan will be given to the City Council and Planning Commission.

Community Open House: February 13, 2017, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
City Council and Planning Commission Presentation immediately following at 5:30 p.m.

At the Big Bear Lake Civic & Performing Arts Center, Hofert Hall
39707 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

For more information, contact the Planning Department at (909) 866-5831, e-mail:

 

 

DOWNLOAD RATHBUN CORRIDOR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN

VISIT THE RATHBUN CORRIDOR SUSTAINABILITY PLAN WEBSITE

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