Supervisors authorize proceedings for proposed light industrial area in French Valley

The Riverside County board of supervisors authorized the initiation of general plan amendment proceedings which will change 2.49 acres of French Valley from residential to light industrial.

The supervisors’ 3-0 vote March 21, with Marion Ashley absent and one vacancy, authorized the initiation of proceedings which, if approved, would change the land’s general plan foundation component from rural community to community development and amend the land use designation from estate density residential to light industrial.

The land is owned by EMS Storage and is located north of Aaron Road, south of Scott Road, east of Leon Road and west of Fowler Drive. The property is within the State Route 79 policy area.

The board of supervisors retains the right to deny the request for a general plan amendment, and the general plan component could be changed to commercial rather than light industrial. A recreational vehicle storage operation is currently on the site, but due to the potential impact to nearby residents, the operations are conducted only during daytime hours.

During the Aug. 25 meeting of the county’s General Plan Advisory Committee, the committee recommended denying the initiation of the general plan amendment proceedings. The consensus of the committee members was that storing recreational vehicles on the property is not compatible with the surrounding land uses including the existing residential areas and that aesthetic impacts and noise from the operations would be adverse to the surrounding residents.

The county’s planning commission expressed sentiment that a general plan foundation change might be appropriate, but the Nov. 2 meeting did not endorse the EMS Storage request. The planning commission indicated that recreational vehicle storage on the site could be acceptable if certain physical upgrades were made to the site and operational restrictions were imposed. Certain commercial land uses allow for recreational vehicle storage, so the planning commission also indicated that a commercial rather than a light industrial designation might be more appropriate if vehicle storage use is specifically authorized for the property. The planning commission also noted that EMS Storage would need to work closely both with the community and with county staff during the general plan amendment request process.

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