Wildomar council allows proposed GPIP plan to move forward

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The Wildomar City Council, Wednesday, July 8, allowed a proposal by Pacific Cove Investments to change a land-use designation on a property on Monte Vista Drive to move forward. The designation change would allow the developer to build residential properties on land currently zoned for a business park. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Wildomar City Council moved forward a proposal Wednesday, July 8, for a general plan initiation proposal to change an existing land use designation from business park to high-density residential.

The council received the staff presentation, heard public testimony from applicant Erik Lunde of Pacific Cove Investments regarding the proposed Monte Vista Ranch Phase II project.

The change in designation would allow single-family attached and detached residences, including townhouses, stacked flats, courtyard homes and patio homes to be built in a site located north of Cornerstone Community Church on Monte Vista Drive.

The city’s planning commission reviewed the proposal at its June 3 meeting and the majority of members did not support the land use amendment.

“We’ve had this property for quite some time; the business park land use, there’s no demand for that,” Lunde said. “My concern is we’re going to have a vacant piece of property for another 16 years, which would be a shame because the balance of the property is being built out.

“Just to be clear, the density that we would look at for a for-sale townhome product would be toward the low end. I don’t expect us getting anywhere near that 90 range, it will probably be down in the 60-unit range,” he said.

Resident Kenny Mayes expressed his disapproval of the project saying that residential units don’t generate enough tax revenue for public services.

“I say no; this is a bad idea,” Mayes said.

The majority of the discussion from council surrounded around the need for a general plan update.

“Times have changed, and they’ve changed so much in the past three months,” councilmember Marsha Swanson said. “Not to mention the past 16 years. We’ve gotta look at that general plan, and I know it’s expensive, I don’t know how we’re going to do it, but that general plan has to reflect today, not 16 years ago.”

The motion to allow the proposal to move forward was approved unanimously.

The council unanimously approved the consent calendar, which included a resolution ordering the levy and collection of special taxes within Community Facilities District 2013-1 for the fiscal year 2020-2021, and the second reading of general rule exemption and approval of Ordinance No. 189, the Large Family Day Care Home Amendment.

The calendar also included the second reading and approval of Ordinance No. 190 Urgent Care Code Amendment requiring a conditional use permit for urgent care clinics in commercial zones; the receiving and filing of the annual report from the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee; a resolution adopting the city’s statement of investment policy; the approval of a cooperation agreement to participate in the county of Riverside’s Community Development Block Grant program and acceptance of public improvements by Richmond American Homes in Tract 32078.

The council also made four appointments to the city’s Measure AA Oversight Advisory Committee – re-upping the terms of Steve Regalado, Shelley Hitchcock and Brian Jacobs for another two years and Chris Cellos will fill out a spot vacated by Doug Ames.

The council approved the appointments unanimously.

The council also unanimously approved a Girl Scouts Gold Award Project that will create a Military Appreciation Garden at Marna O’Brien Park.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.