General plan amendment initiation proceedings approved for Londen Land Company parcels

Londen Land Company owns three Rancho California parcels totaling 14.48 acres and seeks to reduce the minimum lot size from one dwelling unit per 5 acres to one dwelling unit per 2 acres. The Riverside County board of supervisors approved the initiation of general plan amendment proceedings for the property March 21.

The supervisors’ 3-0 vote, with Marion Ashley absent and one vacant seat, allows the commencement of proceedings to change the general plan foundation component from rural to community development and the land use designation from rural residential to estate density residential.

The property is north of Mazoe Street, south of Auld Road, east of Dickson Path and west of Maddalena Road.  It currently has A-1-5 Light Agriculture zoning.

The proposal to initiate general plan amendment proceedings was heard by the county’s General Plan Advisory Committee Aug. 25. Some members of the committee felt that the current foundation should be retained and expressed concern that the increased density would not be compatible. Other members noted that an existing medium-density residential tract to the north and a future proposed roadway expansion and realignment through the area were grounds that the change would be appropriate, and a majority of the committee members recommended initiation of the general plan amendment proceedings.

The Nov. 2 hearing of the county’s planning commission resulted in comments by commissioners that two-acre lots would be compatible with the other existing surrounding residential lots in the area, and the planning commission recommended that the board of supervisors approve initiation of the amendment proceedings.

During the general plan amendment proceedings, an environmental analysis, as well as a land use review, will be conducted, and a public hearing will also precede any decision on the actual general plan amendment.

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