Supervisors approve Newland Homes development

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved a 48-home development proposed by Newland Homes LLC.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, June 4, approved a rezone, a tentative tract map, a plot plan and an environmental Mitigated Negative Declaration for the 12.5-acre site. The rezone changes the classification from rural residential to planned residential.

The property is north of Los Alamos Road, south of De Caron Street, east of Suzi Reid Way and west of Briggs Road. The tract map includes 53 lots with four open space lots totaling 3.6 acres and a water quality basin complementing the 48 homes. The residential lots will range in size from 5,017 to 7,998 square feet.

Newland Homes submitted the proposed rezone, tentative map – a tentative map can be recorded as a final map when all conditions of the tentative map, other than those for which a final map is needed, are fulfilled – and plot plan to the county in April 2017. County staff considered two versions of the tentative map during the review process; one had emergency vehicle access only onto Los Alamos Road while the other had secondary access onto Los Alamos Road. When the county’s Planning Commission heard the project April 3, and the Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve the map with emergency vehicle access only.

Although the property’s land use designation of community development: medium density residential allows for between two and five dwelling units per acre, the land is within the Highway 79 Policy Area which was created to address transportation infrastructure capacity within the policy area. Residential developments within the policy area must reduce their density by 9% from the midpoint of the density range, which would limit the project to 39 units, but a project may exceed the traffic model trip generation level if it is shown that sufficient reductions have occurred on other projects. The availability of 11 units from projects developed below their allowance allowed for the additional nine units. The conditions of approval include a $5,000 contribution for every unit allowed as the result of the unit reduction elsewhere, and that money will be used for transportation infrastructure in the project’s vicinity such as the planned Clinton Keith Road extension.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.