Wildomar council approves first reading of ADU zoning amendment

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The Wildomar City Council met Wednesday, Oct. 14, via teleconference to address many issues before them. Valley News/Courtesy photo

During the Wednesday, Oct. 14, meeting of the Wildomar City Council, the council approved a zoning ordinance amendment regulating Accessory Dwelling Units in residential zones, which was previously tabled by the council after a lawyer contacted the city with issues.

“Our city attorney made contact with that particular attorney and they’ve worked out the language,” Matthew Bassi, planning director of Wildomar, said in his report.

In general business, the council approved the first quarter budget report after a presentation by James Riley, city administrative services director.

Riley told the council that staff would not pursue grant monies to fund CERT training, announced a $150,000 Local Early Action Planning Grant to conduct a housing element study regarding housing needs in the city, and gave an update on the CARES Act funding for the city.

“(The CARES Act) was passed down to the states and the state is passing down some of that to the cities and other agencies,” Riley said. “And the allotment for the city was $459,000. This is to reimburse the city for costs incurred related to COVID-19. We’ve received three payments of about $76,000 that covers about half of that money that we’ve received so far that related to last fiscal year. Our finance manager/risk manager submitted the monthly report that we’re now required to submit, and it looks like we should get the remaining $229,600. We expect to receive that sometime possibly this month of October.”

In expenditure changes, Riley reported a $17,500 increase in the city council budget to provide community nonprofit funding that was previously funded by CDBG, an allocation of $14,600 in the city attorney budget to cover retainers costs, and a 17.5% increase over the fiscal year 2020-21 budget due to projects that were not amended.

He also reported a $150,000 increase in Fund 280 expenditures for a housing element study, a decrease in the Emergency Management Performance Grant because the city isn’t doing any training exercises this year, an increase of $26,900 for a multi-family design guidelines project, an increase in the COVID-19 expenditure fund thanks to the CARES Act funding and an increase of $2,200 in cemetery district expenditures for the removal of two trees.

The council approved the report and adopted the resolution unanimously.

The council also received and filed a COVID-19 update from Nordquist and took action to approve a General Plan Initiation Process proposal for a project located on the northeast corner of Prielipp Road and Yamas Drive.

The council heard a presentation from staff, heard public testimony and discussed the GPIP proposal and ultimately moved it forward with a 4-0 vote with Joseph Morabito recusing himself.

The council unanimously authorized city manager Gary Nordquist to execute the fourth amendment to the Restated Joint Powers Agreement between Riverside County, several other area cities and Wildomar for the Southwest Communities Financing Authority.

The council also directed staff to prepare a letter regarding the Canyon View Park Sedco Detention Basin at View Crest Road and Great Falls Road.

The council unanimously approved the consent calendar which included the adoption of a resolution annexing tract No. 20 into the Community Facilities District No. 2013-1; authorized the second amendment to design professional services agreement with RRM Design Group for a 27-acre park; received and filed the capital improvement program’s first quarter status report; adopted a resolution in receiving state mandated fire and life safety inspections by the city; and authorize Nordquist to execute amendment No. 2 to the agreement between the Western Riverside Council of Governments and the city for the planning, engineering, and right of way phases for the widening of Palomar Street between Mission Trail and Jefferson Avenue.

The approved calendar also authorized Nordquist to execute a professional services agreement with TKE Engineering Inc. for on-call engineering services and retained the company to perform design services for CIP 59 Palomar Street/Clinton Keith Road sidewalk, trail and bike lane project; approved Nordquist to execute the agreements and make minor adjustments for a new subdivision improvement agreement, grading agreement and stormwater management/BMP facilities agreement with potential developer Richmond American Homes and authorized Nordquist to execute the cooperative funding agreement with Eastern Valley Municipal Water District.

The council began the meeting with an acknowledgement of Wildomar as a Purple Heart City, heard an update about schools reopening from the Lake Elsinore Unified School District Update and heard another update from Animal Friends of the Valleys Update.

They also heard updates from the city’s Economic Development office regarding local business developments, Community Services Department about upcoming events,and the city clerk’s office regarding voting for the upcoming general election.

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