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General Plan Amendment - Institutional Public Allowed Uses
The proposed General Plan Amendment, applied for by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation, modifies the Institutional Public (IP) land use designation in the Land Use Element to allow ancillary housing for institutional uses and to allow performing arts and cultural facilities and physical wellness and rehabilitation facilities. Currently, the Institutional Public land use designation limits residential uses to student housing accessory to Cerro Coso Community College. No modification to the allowed density of four units per acre is proposed; however, a footnote on the General Plan Buildout Table referencing the allowed uses will be modified.

The purpose of the amendments is to allow for a wider range of housing uses to support the allowed institutional uses (e.g. schools, college, hospital, government and quasi-government agencies, etc.) and to allow for the proposed Mammoth Arts and Cultural Center and Wounded Warrior Center projects to be located on properties owned by Mammoth Lakes Foundation.

The amended language in the Land Use Element for the IP designation is as follows:

Institutional Public (IP) This designation allows institutional uses such as schools, hospitals, governmental offices and facilities, museums, performing arts and cultural facilities, physical wellness and rehabilitation facilities, and related uses. Residential uses are not permitted, with the exception of employee housing that supports and is ancillary to the allowed institutional uses and student housing that is accessory to the College. The maximum density for housing is four units per gross acre and subject to the HDR-1 development standards.

The approval of this amendment will allow existing and future residential development to be occupied by and constructed for the employees of the allowed institutional uses.

General Plan Map Highlighting Institutional Public Land Use Designations

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Town Council - September 20, 2017
The amendment is scheduled for a public hearing and decision by the Town Council on September 20, 2017. Public notices were mailed on September 7 and will appear in the newspaper the two weekends prior to the meeting. The staff report, attachments, and any public comments are available here.

Planning and Economic Development Commission - August 9, 2017
The General Plan Amendment was presented to the Planning and Economic Development Commission on August 9, 2017. The Commission held a public hearing, discussed the application request, and voted unanimously to recommend approval of the amendment to Town Council. The staff report and public comments for the meeting can be found here.

Additional Information and Resources
General Plan Documents
Mono County Parcel Viewer

Staff contact: Ruth Traxler, Associate Planner, (760) 965-3637 or


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