Supervisors approve 229-home Alberhill development


The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a 229-home development in the Alberhill area of unincorporated Lake Elsinore.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote Tuesday, Sept. 22, approved a subdivision tract map, a rezone, a general plan amendment, a specific plan amendment and an addendum to the environmental mitigated negative declaration. The tract map for the 49-acre property creates 229 single-family lots, one 1.6-acre recreation lot with a park, one 3.8-acre lot with a trail and service road and one 6.2-acre open space lot, which will be a Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan sanctuary.

The land owned by Sam Horsethief LLC is east of Glen Eden Road, west of Horsethief Canyon Road, south of De Palma Road and north of Broken Bit Circle. It is part of the Horsethief Canyon Ranch Specific Plan, which was adopted in 1982 and originally earmarked 1,884 dwelling units in the 801-acre plan area.

The rezone modifies the boundaries of five of the planning areas and changes 1.6 acres from right of way to specific plan, and the general plan amendment for that area of vacated and quitclaimed right of way was given the CD:MHDR (Community Development: Medium High Density Residential) land use designation.

The general plan amendment changes also change land use designations for portions of the property from CD:VHDR (Community Development: Very High Density Residential) to CD:MHDR and from CD:MDR (Community Development: Medium Density Residential) to CD:MHDR. The land also has CH (Open Space: Conservation Habitat) and OS:R (Open Space: Rural) land use designations.

The CD:MDR designation allows 5,000-square-foot lots. The CD:MHDR designation limits density to 6.6 dwelling units per acre. The CD:VHDR designation allows townhomes, and the general plan amendment converting that area to CD:MHDR will replace 210 planned townhomes with 126 single-family units. The total decrease with all general plan amendments is 96 dwelling units.

The revised numbers for the entire Horsethief Canyon Ranch Specific Plan are now 2,211 dwelling units and 851.8 acres including 77.9 acres of open space. The overall planning area density is now 2.6 dwelling units per acre.

The county’s planning commission considered the latest proposal July 15, and voted 4-0 to recommend approval.

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