Supervisors approve Mitigated Negative Declaration, rezone, plan amendment and map for Richland Communities development

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved an environmental Mitigated Negative Declaration, a zoning reclassification, a general plan amendment, a specific plan amendment and a tentative tract map for 20.3 acres in the Dutch Village area of Rancho California.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, July 25, authorizes the subdivision of the land owned by Richland Communities into 34 single-family lots, one private park and one detention and water quality basin lot.

The property is south of Benton Road, east of Beech Street, west of Pourroy Road and north of Auld Road. The zoning had been a combination of residential agriculture 1-acre minimum and residential agriculture 5-acre minimum, and the property was rezoned to one-family dwellings. The general plan amendment and specific plan amendment changed the land use designation from community development: very low density residential and rural: rural residential to community development: low density.

The property is within the Dutch Village Specific Plan area. When the Dutch Village Specific Plan was adopted by the county supervisors in June 1973, the intent was to provide housing and support facilities to develop a tourist commercial center similar to Solvang in Santa Barbara County which emphasizes that area’s Danish heritage. In 1994, the county supervisors adopted the Quinta Do Lago Specific Plan for 470.1 acres of the Dutch Village Specific Plan area, and the Dutch Village Specific Plan no longer retains a Dutch theme but instead utilizes mixed uses similar to those found in Temecula and Murrieta. The Richland Communities land is also within the State Route 79 Policy Area.

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