San Jacinto city council gets update on The Villages of San Jacinto master planned development

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The Villages of San Jacinto, a major long-planned master planned development with homes, a commercial business park, public facility and parks on 475 acres in southwestern San Jacinto was the subject of a city council workshop Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Presenting the council with an update on the project was architect Ken Ryan and principal from KTGY, an architecture and planning company, that changed the direction of the original plans made by Lansing Cos and developer D.R. Horton in 2013 with its environmental impact report draft completed earlier in 2006.

The proposed development is east of north Sanderson Avenue, south of Ramona Boulevard, north and west of Cawston to O’Dell Avenue on 475.1 acres. The original plans called for a central lake that has since been deleted in favor of a central park surrounded by trails and more than 40 acres smaller parks in the neighborhoods. It included 25 acres of commercial development, 30 acres of mixed use development.

Ryan said that the change from the lake to a central park concept was partly to save the future residents from higher homeowners’ association costs.

The plan also can be changed to accommodate a proposed new elementary school and high school according to the architects. The original plan allowed for approximately 60 acres for the school sites. The lake area on the original plan was approximately 13 acres that was being changed to provide the central park and other amenities.

Ryan showed the council a series of slides showing what the homes, commercial buildings, parks and other structures might look like when completed. The homes, a business park and commercial buildings would be built in phases by different builders. A total of 2,500 homes might be built without the schools and 2,000 with the schools. The homes would be on lots ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet.

The plan calls for the mitigation of a large amount of stormwater runoff that flows through the area. With that it is calling for a 24-acre detention basin to address the stormwater quantity and quality.

Historically, the city approved the project in February 2010; however, by July 2012, D.R Horton unsuccessfully tried to sell the property to Eastern Municipal Water District, which runs the nearby waste treatment plant, for $6.5 million. The district turned down the purchase and the plan was held for possible revision.

Ryan said the project’s environmental impact report has been approved and will still go ahead.

In the regular session, the San Jacinto Council with all five members present approved a long-term renewable energy contract with California Choice Energy Renewables on behalf of San Jacinto Power and related contracts with Direct Energy Business Marketing.

A one-year professional services contract extension with Dave’s Hauling for the removal of trash and debris in the city right of way was also approved.

Tony Ault may be emailed at tault@reedermedia.com