Large housing project to come before Temecula Planning Commission

A map shows the different roadways that will connect the development with the rest of the city.

A large housing development that will bring about 1,750 residential units to the foothills west of Old Town Temecula is slated to come before the city’s planning commission, Nov. 15.

The project, known as Altair, would bring a variety of residences to that area, including detached single-family housing, multiplexes, rowhouses and live/work spaces that combine residential and commercial purposes into a single dwelling. It would include an elementary school site that would be donated to the Temecula Valley Unified School District, open space and trails.

San Diego-based Ambient Communities, the developer of the project, would also build the Western Bypass, which would run between Temecula Parkway and Diaz Road.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. where they are being asked to approve resolutions recommending the city council certify an environmental impact report, approve a general plan amendment, approve a tentative tract map and approve an agreement with Ambient Communities.

The city of Temecula has long planned for the development of the hills west of Old Town, according to a city staff report written by Director of Community Development Luke Watson.

The report notes that the city’s first general plan, created in 1993, specified the importance of providing complementary land uses to Old Town to increase the vitality of the area and to increase the number of housing opportunities west of the 1-15.

According to the report, the new community is aimed at bringing foot traffic to nearby Old Town.

“The proposed project is located to take advantage of the shopping, dining and entertainment venues of Old Town and is designed to encourage a strong pedestrian connection to both Old Town and planned open space within the development,” the staff report said. “An extensive network of bike lanes and trails are proposed to connect to the city’s overall and regional network.”

A finalized environmental impact report did find that there were several “significant and unavoidable” impacts to such things as greenhouse gas emissions, noise and vibration and traffic. The I-15 southbound ramps as well as Ynez and Rancho California roads were mentioned as areas which could possibly be affected by the development.

There has also been much concern in the community about the possible impact the housing development could have on the migration of mountain lions in the area.

The city may still approve the project if the benefits outweigh the adverse impacts.

A Statement of Overriding Considerations, which would still need to be adopted by the council, finds that the benefits of approving the development outweigh the environmental impacts.

Some of the benefits listed included the creation of the Western Bypass, the establishment of a 5-acre central park and “Grand Staircase” connection to Old Town and additional funding up to $500,000 for conservation efforts.

6 Responses to "Large housing project to come before Temecula Planning Commission"

  1. Joe Mama   November 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    And you thought the city was listening to you when they fixed the Highway 79 interchange Nope! It was about this! So does that mean the sucker tax, er, Measure S, gets rescinded? Nope! The city wants more and more money. And you thought they worked for you. .

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  2. Linda McDonald   November 14, 2017 at 2:22 am

    I believe the residents living here now would receive absolutely NO benefit by adding 1,750 more residences to our city. To the contrary, more traffic on our already crowded streets and freeways is definitely not what any of us wants! Also, what about our water supply that we keep getting charged more for because we’re told there isn’t enough to serve the current population? Are we expected to subsidize new development by paying ever more for this dwindling resource merely to make money for the developers now? I say NO to this project!

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  3. Andy   November 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I’m sure they will build another freeway to San Diego long before these houses get built (insert sarcasm here)! It takes me 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the evening to get to work in Rancho Bernardo from Murrieta. The new freeway exit/entrance at Temecula Parkway will be nice but it won’t alleviate traffic on the 15. How about turning the 76 into a real freeway that runs past Pala then turns north to the east side of Temecula. If you want to build more houses build some freeways to hold the commuters as well. Get real Temecula city planners! What you are proposing is not sustainable!

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  4. John   November 15, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Linda, Joe and Andy have expressed my own concerns. Developers do not care about the impact their projects have on our community.

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  5. Ken   November 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    this is the last thing Temecula needs. where will all these people work? of course they will get on the 15 and drive to San Diego or Orange County and nobody will be able to move on the 15 due to all the traffic. This project will destroy habitat and wildlife but nobody cares.

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  6. Ms. miller   November 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    WE CARE, WE CAN HARDLY KEEP UP WITH THE DEVELOPER PLANNER LAND GRABBING CITY COUNCILS AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY. dON’T FORGET THE 60,000 HOUSES AND APARTMENTS GOING ALONG LEON ROAD IN THE COUNTY FURTHER SENDING TRAFFIC ONTO I-15 at the Winchester on and off ramps. We need some sponsorship for one color t-shirts that say Stop Altair before the City Council meeting.

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