New Menifee zoning, subdivision and grading draft ordinances available for viewing

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Menifee adopted a zoning, subdivision and grading zoning plan in 2013 that was designed to be consistent with the city’s first general plan.

Now, 16 years later, with the city’s growth exceeds most expectations and is becoming the seventh fastest growing city in the state, the council and planning commission is writing an updated comprehensive “Menifee-Specific” zoning, subdivision and grading ordinances that fit in with the 2013 General Plan.

Since becoming incorporated in 2008 and adopting the first general plan in 2013, Menifee had to keep the zoning and development ordinances prepared by Riverside County before incorporation. Now, the city finds that those county zoning ordinances are “outdated, unnecessarily complicated and do not accurately reflect or properly implement the city’s general plan.”

The new plan is known as the “Comprehensive Development Plan” and the council said they hope it will be user-friendly and help the city and applicants to achieve the vision, goals and objectives of the general plan while establishing clear procedures for the development review process.

The city in gathering the information for the updated plan hosted a series of public meetings earlier this year, addressing the public and developers views before writing the draft version of the revised ordinances. Now with the draft version completed, the city planned a stakeholders’ workshop meeting Thursday, Oct. 3, at the new City Hall that was open to the public.

Those comments and any suggested changes will be reviewed along with the revised grading and subdivision ordinances at a public meeting Wednesday, Oct. 9. Before that meeting, the draft ordinances will be available for review by contacting the Community Development Department at (951) 723-3706 or through the city’s website www.cityofmenifee.org or visiting City Hall, 29844 Haun Road, in Menifee.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at tault@reedermedia.com.