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Freedom Swing Unchained, but, Not How It Should Have Been

This is what happens when a good idea goes bad because city officials don’t think it out.

The Freedom Swing was installed, for the second time, at a cost of more than $31,000 more than a year ago. It has not been available for use by the general public because this city was unable to come up with an instructional sign which would allow people to properly use this swing.
In the interim the swing was kept behind a locked gate which the children of this community figured out how to circumvent. (Bend the Latch)


Notice the tilt of the swing because the chain on the bottom left has been broken by people jumping up and down.


You can see where someone has tried to fix it with a piece of wire rendering this device unsafe for the general public.


The opposite side has been stretch almost to the breaking point

General Plan Amendments City of wildomar

The following contains all of the General Plan Amendments since incorporation. Included are the Resolutions and and accompanying Ordinances for a zone change. The links to take you to the minutes where the vote was taken to pass each amendment.
If you wish to see the items included in the agenda then go to http://www.cityofwildomar.org/council-agendas-minutes.asp
and open the agenda packet for the appropriate date.

First General Plan Amendment

City of Wildomar City Council January 28, 2009
www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cap.pdf
Starting of page 32 of the PDF. This project was Fast Tracked by the County of Riverside and ready for approval but because the community became a city it became our issue, the only thing the city needed to do was approve it all the paperwork was done.

2.A Environmental Assessment No. 41648 (EA41648), General Plan Amendment No. 891 (GPA00891), Change of Zone 7608 (CZ7608) and Plot Plan No. 23188 (PP23188)
Applicant: Jerry Tartaglino, Palm Desert Development
Location: South of Catt Rd., east of Arnett and west of Fox Ridge Lane
GPA00891: Project proposes to amend the project’s site land use designation use from Community Development Medium Density Residential (CD-MDR, 2-5 dwelling unit per acre) to Community Development Highest Density Residential (CD-HHDR 20+ dwelling units per acre)
CZ07608: The change of zone proposes to change the project site’s current zoning classification from Rural Residential (R‐R) to General Residential (R‐3).
PP23188: The Plot Plan proposes to construct 208 one and two bedroom units with one managers unit for a total of 209 units in 10 two story buildings and a community building. The project includes 243 parking spaces, two maintenance buildings, walking areas, putting green, circuit training locations, water quality/detention basin, off‐site storm drainage facilities, improvements to Catt Road and community gardens.
Environmental Action: In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), that although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment; there will not be a significant effect in this case because a MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION will be adopted.
Planner: Gary Wayne, gwayne@cityofwildomar.org
The minutes for the meeting show the questions citizens were asking about this project
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cm.pdf

This was in Planning Commission Agenda for January 21, 2009.
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-21-09-pa.pdf
The Agenda Packet is not available on the city website, the minutes for that meeting are.

MOTION: This item is for information only, no action is needed.
The minutes for that meeting starting on page 6 contain questions asked by Planning Commissioners, back when the city included these discussions in the minutes.
http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-21-09-pm.pdf

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/01-28-09-cm.pdf
City Council Action on January 28, 2009 was as follows:
Council Member Ade move to approve Resolution No. 09-05, seconded by Council Member Cashman
Resolution 09-05 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NUMBER 08-0165 TO CHANGE THE GENERAL PLAN DESIGNATION FROM (MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR ASSESSOR’S PARCEL NUMBERS 380-100-008-4, 380-100-009-5, 380-100-010-5, 380-100-011-5 & 380-100-012-7

Roll Call Vote: Ayes 5, Nays 0, motion carried.

Council Member Swanson moved to introduce and hold first reading of Ordinance No. 23, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore.
Ordinance No. 23 (Introduction and first reading) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING THE CITY OF WILDOMAR ZONING MAP FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR ASSESSOR’S PARCEL NUMBERS 380-100-008-4, 380-100-009-5, 380-100-010-5, 380-100-011-5 & 380-100-012-7

Roll Call Vote: Ayes 5, Nays 0, motion carried.

 

2nd General Plan Amendment

City of Wildomar City Council February 25, 2009
2.A General Plan Amendment No. 762 (GPA762), Change of Zone 7207 (CZ9207), Tentative Tract Map No. 33987 (TTR33987) and Environmental Assessment (EA) No. 40319
Applicant: Glen Daigle
Location: south of La Estrella St., east of the 15 Frwy, and north of Glazebrook Rd.
Proposal: (GPA762) Proposes to change lots 1, 2 and the remainder parcel from Community Medium Density Residential and Community Development: Commercial Office to Community Development: Medium High Density Residential
(CZ7202): Change the existing zoning of lot 1 from Rural Residential (R-R) to General Residential (R-3), lot 2 and the remainder parcel from Rural Residential (R-R) to Watercourse, Watershed & Conservation Areas (W-1) and lots 3 and 4 from Rural Residential (R-R) to Commercial Office (C-O)
TR33987: A subdivision to divide 24.37 acres into 4 lots with a remainder parcel. Lots 1 consist of 81 condominium units on 8.95 gross acres, Lot 2 and the remainder consist of 2.84 acres of open space. Lot 3 is comprised of 9.82 acres and Lot 4 comprised of 1.95 acres, both are designated as future commercial development.

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/02-25-09-cm.pdf
City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Resolution No. 09‐11.
RESOLUTION NO. 09‐11 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR ADOPTING THE MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE PROJECT DESCRIBED IN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT NO. 40319 FOR GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT 762, CHANGE OF ZONE 7207
Mayor Pro Tem Moore moved to approve Resolution No. 09‐11, seconded Council Member Swanson. Roll call vote: Ayes: 3, Mayor Farnam, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council Member Swanson. Nays: 1, Council Member Cashman. Abstention: 1, Council Member Ade. Motion carried.

City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Resolution No. 09‐12.
RESOLUTION NO. 09‐12 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 762 TO CHANGE THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE DESIGNATIONS FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL OFFICE TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR LOT 1 OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 LOCATIONS ON PORTIONS OF PROPERTIES WITH ASSESSOR PARCEL NUMBERS OF 376‐410‐002 AND 376‐410‐024
Council Member Swanson moved to approve Resolution No. 09‐12, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore. Roll call vote: Ayes: ‐ 3, Mayor Farnam, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council
Member Swanson. Nays: 2, Council Members Ade, Cashman. Motion carried.

City Clerk Schroeder read the title of Ordinance No. 23.
ORDINANCE NO. 23 (Introduction and first reading) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR APPROVING AN AMENDMENT TO THE OFFICAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR FOR LOT 1 AND A REMAINDER PARCEL OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HGIH DESNITY RESIDENTIAL AND FOR LOT 2 OF TENTATIVE TRACT MAP 33987 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO WATERCOURSE, WATERSHED & CONSERVATION AREA, AND FOR LOTS 3 AND 4 FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL TO COMMERCIAL OFFICE FOR PROPERTIES IDENTIFIED WITH ASSESSORS PARCEL NUMBERS 376‐410‐002 AND 376‐410‐024
Mayor Pro Tem Moore moved to introduce and hold first reading of Ordinance No. 23, seconded by Council Member Swanson. Roll call vote: Ayes: ‐ 3, Mayor Farman, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Council Member Swanson. Nays: 2, Council Members Ade and Cashman. Motion carried.
The misspellings in the above ordinance are as written in the City Council minutes of February 28th. Also note that Ordinance 23 was used twice, once on January 28th and again on February 25th

A 3rd General Plan Amendment, Housing Element Adoption – General Plan Amendment No. 12-01, was attempted on June 13, 2012 at which time a protest letter was received, on recommendation of Thomas Jex item was continued until July 11th, 2012
July 11th at the recommendation of Matt Bassi item was continued until October 10, 2012
October 10th the city council tabled indefinitely

3rd General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council Agenda March 27, 2013
1. Oak Creek Canyon Project (Planning Application No. 11-0261)

RESOLUTION NO. 2013 -10
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING AND CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2012031064) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 11-0261, CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 11-0261, FARM SPECIFIC PLAN NO. 116-C/W, AMENDMENT NO. 4 (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) AND TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36388

RESOLUTION NO. 2013 -11
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO: 1) AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREAS NO. 9 AND 18; 2) TO AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 AND 3) INCREASE THE SIZE OF PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FROM 1.0 ACRES TO 5.0 ACRES AND RELOCATE THE PHASE/PLANNING AREA TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BUNDY CANYON ROAD AND SUNSET AVENUE (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT

ORDINANCE NO.77
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO CHANGE THE ZONING MAP FROM: 1) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 9; 2) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 18; AND 3) C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT

All three items were continued to a Special meeting on April 23, 2013

On April 23, 2013 a motion was made to continue the public hearing to May 8, 2013 at which time a motion was made to continue the item to an adjourned regular city council meeting on May 22, 2013 at which time:
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A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution, as amended, entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 10
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING AND CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2012031064) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 11-0261, CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 11-0261, FARM SPECIFIC PLAN NO. 116-C/W, AMENDMENT NO. 4 (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) AND TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36388
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 11
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO: 1) AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREAS NO. 9 AND 18; 2) TO AMEND THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE MAP FROM MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 AND 3) INCREASE THE SIZE OF PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FROM 1.0 ACRES TO 5.0 ACRES AND RELOCATE THE PHASE/PLANNING AREA TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF BUNDY CANYON ROAD AND SUNSET AVENUE (ON A PORTION OF APN: 362-080-004) FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 77
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 11-0261) TO CHANGE THE ZONING MAP FROM: 1) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 9; 2) R-1 (ONE-FAMILY DWELLING) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 18; AND 3) C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR PHASE/PLANNING AREA NO. 19 FOR THE OAK CREEK CANYON RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL PROJECT
MOTION carried, 4-1, with Councilman Cashman dissenting.

At the end of all that:
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adjourn this City Council meeting to an adjourned regular meeting on June 5, 2013.
MOTION carried, 5-0.

At the June 5, 2013 adjourned meeting Ordinance 77 received its second reading.
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4th General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda December 11, 2013
2.2 City of Wildomar 2013-2021 Housing Element Update

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A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled.
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 45
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2013051001) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE 2013–2021 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE PROJECT CONSISTING OF GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-02, ZONE CHANGE NOS. 13-02 & 13-03; AND ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT NOS.13-03, 13-04, 13-05 & 13-06
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled.
RESOLUTION NO. 2013 – 46
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-02 TO: 1) ADOPT THE 2013–2021 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE; 2) CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HHDR) FOR THREE (3) PARCELS (APN’S: 380-220-002; 370- 400-009; & 380-270-013); 3) CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO HIGHEST DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HHDR) FOR ONE (1) PARCEL (APN: 380-250-003 – THE SOUTHERLY 10-ACRE PORTION OF SAID PARCEL); AND 4) A CHANGE TO TABLE LU-4 OF THE GENERAL PLAN LAND USE ELEMENT (PAGE LU-42) TO ESTABLISH A MINIMUM DENSITY OF AT LEAST 30 UNITS/ACRE AND A MINIMUM SITE DEVELOPMENT SIZE OF 30% OF SITE FOR MULTI-FAMILY PROJECTS FOR ANY PROPERTY WITH THE MUPA LAND USE DESIGNATION
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Cashman, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem
Swanson, Mayor Walker
NO: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 84
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT NO. 13-06 TO AMEND TITLE 17 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE TO ADOPT A MIXED USE OVERLAY ZONE TO COMPLY WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2013-2021 HOUSING ELEMENT PROGRAMS
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Swanson, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance
entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 85
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 13-02 FOR THE ADOPTION OF AN IMPLEMENTING MIXED USE (MU) OVERLAY ZONE DISTRICT FOR 20 PARCELS WITH THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION OF MIXED USE PLANNING AREA (MUPA) FOR APN’S: 376-190-001; 380-160-005; 380-160-009; 376-410-021; 380-160-006; 380-160-004; 376-410-017; 362-250-001; 376-190-002; 380-160-007; 376-180-006; 367-050-068; 380-160-003; 367-180-015; 367-180-043; 376-410-016; 362-250-029; 380-160-008; 367-050-064; 376-410-015
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem Swanson,
Mayor Walker
NO: Council Member Cashman
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Swanson, to table an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 86
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 13-03 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL ZONE) TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL ZONE) FOR FOUR (4) PARCELS (APN’S: 380-220-002; 370-400-009; 380-270-013 & 380-250-003-THE SOUTHERLY 10-ACRE PORTION OF SAID PARCEL)
MOTION carried on the following roll call vote:
AYE: Council Members Benoit, Cashman, Moore, Mayor Pro Tem
Swanson, Mayor Walker
NO: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Fifth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council Minutes November 12, 2015
2.2 Villa Sienna Apartment Project

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A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, seconded by
Councilman Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2015 – 67
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 20144011081), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FROM MHDR TO VHDR, A CHANGE OF ZONE FROM I-P TO R-3, AND A PLOT PLAN TO DEVELOP A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT, SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Swanson, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2015 – 68
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR) TO VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) FOR A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Moore, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to Introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 112
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE FOR THE VILLA SIENA APARTMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0089) FROM I-P (INDUSTRIAL PARK) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR A 170-UNIT APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-290-029)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Cashman, Swanson, Walker, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, Mayor
Benoit
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Sixth General Plan Amendment (includes two projects Horizon and Grove Park)
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda February 10, 2016
2.1 Horizon’s Mixed-Use Development Project

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A MOTION was made by Mayor Moore, seconded by Councilwoman
Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 13
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIR – SCH# 2015011021) INCLUDING ADOPTION OF A FINAL EIR, FINDINGS OF FACT / STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS, AND A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM (MMRP) FOR THE HORIZONS MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14- 0040) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT; CHANGE OF ZONE; A TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36672); CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT; AND PLOT PLAN LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Mayor Moore, seconded by Councilman Benoit,
to continue consideration of the remaining Horizons Mixed-Use
Development project and ordinance until after the close of the public
hearing on the Grove Park Mixed-Use Development project.
City Attorney Jex explained State law limits the number to 4 of General
Plan Amendments the City can do per year. However, you can combine a
number of amendments into one Resolution and then only counts as one.
In speaking with the Planning Department, they are processing a number
of amendments that will come forward throughout the year. This was
seen as an opportunity to combine amendments, especially since it is the
same Developer. The remaining items on this item will be moved to the
end of the next item and then they will be taken at that time.
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

2.2 Grove Park Mixed-Use Development Project
A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 17
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014121064), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT AND STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE GROVE PARK MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, A CHANGE OF ZONE, A TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP (TPM NO. 36673), AND A PLOT PLAN TO DEVELOP A 55,000+ SQUARE-FOOT RETAIL/OFFICE CENTER AND A 162-UNIT MULTI-FAMILY APARTMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:

RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 14
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0040) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON APPROXIMATELY 18.41 NET ACRES FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) ON THE SOUTHERLY 7.73+ ACRES, AND TO HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (HDR) ON THE NORTHERLY 10.68+ ACRES TO ACCOMMODATE THE HORIZONS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023); AND APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON 10+ ACRES FROM BUSINESS PARK (BP) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) TO ACCOMMODATE THE GROVE PARK MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 117
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0069) FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) ON THE NORTHERLY 10+ ACRES OF THE SITE FOR THE GROVE PARK MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT LOCATED AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD AND YAMAS DRIVE (APN: 380-250-003)

2.1 Horizon’s Mixed-Use Development Project
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilman Benoit, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 116
AN ORDINANCE OF CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0040) FOR THE HORIZONS MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO C-1/C-P (GENERAL COMMERCIAL) FOR THE SOUTHERLY 7.73+ NET ACRES OF THE PROJECT SITE, AND FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR THE NORTHERLY 10.68+ NET ACRES OF THE PROJECT SITE LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF ELIZABETH LANE AND PRIELIPP ROAD (APN: 380-250-023)

Seventh General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda July 13, 2016
2.5 Baxter Village Mixed Use Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/07-13-16-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 44
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014121047), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF THE FINAL EIR, FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF ZONE, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36674) AND PLOT PLAN ON APPROXIMATELY 35.48 ACRES LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-
015 & 367-180-043)

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, seconded by Councilwoman Swanson, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 45
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON APPROXIMATELY 35.48 ACRES FROM MIXED USE PLANNING AREA (MUPA) TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR), VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) AND COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) TO ACCOMMODATE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-015 & 367-180-043)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following voice vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None
A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Swanson, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 121
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) TO REMOVE THE MIXED USE OVERLAY DISTRICT FROM THE ENTIRE SITE AND TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION ON A PORTION OF THE SITE FROM SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL (C-P-S) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) AND TO R-4 (PLANNED RESIDENTIAL) TO ACCOMMODATE BAXTER VILLAGE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 14-0002) LOCATED AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF BAXTER ROAD AND I-15 FREEWAY (APN: 367-180-015 & 367-180-043)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following voice vote:
YEA: Benoit, Cashman, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

Eighth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda December 14, 2016
2.1 Westpark Promenade Mixed-Use Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/12-14-16-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 60
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, CERTIFYING AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (SCH# 2014021022), INCLUDING ADOPTION OF FINDINGS OF FACT, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM FOR THE WESTPARK PROMENADE MIXED-USE PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0082) CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF ZONE, TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP NO. 36612, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36781, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 36782, AND PLOT PLAN NO. 13-0082 LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410- 023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:
YEA: Benoit, Nigg, Swanson, Mayor Pro Tem Walker, Mayor Moore
NAY: None
ABSTAIN: None
ABSENT: None

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro
Tem Walker, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2016 – 61
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 13-0082 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION FROM COMMERCIAL OFFICE (CO) TO COMMERCIAL RETAIL (CR) ON 14.2 ACRES AND TO VERY HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (VHDR) ON 13.48 ACRES LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410-023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Councilman Benoit, seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Walker, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 127
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 13-0082) TO CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION FROM C-P-S (SCENIC HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL) TO R-3 (GENERAL RESIDENTIAL) FOR A 13.48 ACRE PORTION OF THE PROJECT SITE LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE 1-15 FREEWAY AND CATT ROAD (APN: 376-410-013, 376-410-023 & 376-410-025)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

Ninth General Plan Amendment
City of Wildomar City Council/Cemetery District Agenda February 8, 2017
2.1 Nova Homes Residential Project

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/02-08-17-cm.pdf
A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Benoit, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2017 – 01
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR,
CALIFORNIA, ADOPTING A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION
(MND – SCH# 2016081009) AND MITIGATION MONITORING AND
REPORTING PROGRAM (MMRP) FOR THE NOVA HOMES
RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (PLANNING APPLICATION NO. 15-0129)
CONSISTING OF A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, CHANGE OF
ZONE, TENTATIVE TRACT MAP (TTM 36952) AND PLOT PLAN ON
APPROXIMATELY 11.25 ACRES LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF
GEORGE AVENUE ABOUT 660 FEET NORTH OF CLINTON KEITH
ROAD (APN:362-250-001 & 362-250-026)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Councilwoman Moore, seconded by Councilman Nigg, to adopt a Resolution entitled:
RESOLUTION NO. 2017 – 02
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF WILDOMAR,
CALIFORNIA, APPROVING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT NO. 15-
0129 TO CHANGE THE EXISTING LAND USE DESIGNATION ON
APPROXIMATELY 11.25 ACRES FROM MIXED USE PLANNING AREA
(MUPA) TO MEDIUM HIGH DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (MHDR),
INCLUDING VACATION OF DEPASQUALE ROAD THROUGH THE
PROJECT AREA LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF GEORGE AVENUE
ABOUT 660 FEET NORTH OF CLINTON KEITH ROAD (APN:362-250-
001 & 362-250-026)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

A MOTION was made by Mayor Pro Tem Benoit, seconded by Councilwoman Moore, to introduce and approve first reading of an Ordinance entitled:
ORDINANCE NO. 130
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
WILDOMAR, CALIFORNIA, APPROVING A CHANGE OF ZONE NO. 15-
0129 TO REMOVE THE EXISTING MIXED-USE OVERLAY DISTRICT
DESIGNATION FROM A 5.85 ACRE PORTION OF THE SITE (APN 362-
250-001) AND CHANGE THE EXISTING ZONING DESIGNATION ON
THE ENTIRE SITE FROM R-R (RURAL RESIDENTIAL) TO R-4
(PLANNED RESIDENTIAL)
MOTION carried, 5-0, by the following vote:

DOES IT FIT

The consensus of the wildomar city council on February 22, 2017 was expressed the following vision statement:

 

The City of Wildomar will be a safe and active community, responsibly grown, with quality infrastructure while keeping a hometown feel.

 

Does Camelia Townhomes fit the bill.

Safe

First off this is going to be a gated community, therefore off by themselves and isolated from the city. There will be a no-man’s zone of at least 20 ft in width between one block wall and another, that borders single family homes in Murrieta, that will be heavily planted with tall shrubs, (Rhus Lancea, African Sumac is a dense shade tree, rather graceful with its arching branches and weeping foliage.) This no-man’s zone is an invitation for mischievousness or tomfoolery.

IS THIS SAFE ?

Per Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for this project, page 96, The nearest sheriff’s station is located at 333 Limited Street in Lake Elsinore, approximately 9.9 miles northwest of the project site (at 60 mph that is ten minutes away). Traffic enforcement is provided for Riverside County in this area by the California Highway Patrol, with additional support from local Riverside County Sheriff’s Department personnel. The highway patrol stopped handling all traffic related events when wildomar became a city in 2008. Our current level of service is 0.4 officers per 1,000 population.

Per the MND page 97 the project will not induce substantial population growth and therefore would not be expected to substantially increase the demand for police protection services.

Is this safe, NO

There is talk of 2 million dollars being returned to the city, but, until it gets here it’s not a sure thing

Currently the city of wildomar has one fire station located 2.8 mile away. There is mutual aid provided by Station 75 which is 2.7 miles away.  There is also Station #5 in Murrieta which is 1.9 miles away.

The population is projected to be 538 new citizens at the calculated rate of 3.3 per single family unit used by the city.

Using the State of California’s Occupancy Standard of 2 persons per bedroom plus one additional person per dwelling unit, with 436 bdrms occupancy would be 163 +872 for a total of 1035 possible new residents. (Almost double what developer projects using the city’s formula.

Furthermore, the project is not expected to result in activities that create unusual police protection needs. (city must have a crystal ball)

Again is this safe ?

 

Active Community

As an active community the city council adopted a Multi-Use Trails map in 2011. Many housing developments throughout the city have Multi-Use Trails along their borders, some along Palomar St., others along Grand Ave.

The city is prepared to spend millions on such a multi-use trail and bicycle lane project the entire length of Grand Ave.

This site has no such trail even though one appears on the City of Wildomar Multi-Use Trail Map as W-E-02A. The developer claims the trail (Southern Immigrant Trail) is on the other side of the roadway. 

Question have you ever seen two way bicycle traffic on a roadway

(See Cross Sections of Washington and Jefferson)

This is what the developer is required to finish before they sell any homes. Notice the asphalt extends 1/2 of the roadway plus one lane only. The rest is to be provided by whomever builds across the street. (Except for that portion  that is part of this development on Jefferson Ave. in wildomar

Responsible Growth

Our neighbors to the south have asked that their quality of life not be destroyed by this project which will hover over their backyards invading their privacy. The developers response is we will plant more shrubs. We will not lower the height of the development nor will they move the structures back to simulate the feel of single family homes with backyards.

Is it responsible growth when a planning commissioner chastises these longtime homeowners for not planting enough vegetation in their yards.

NO

 

Quality Infrastructure

Wildomar Parks will receive

There are 20 parcels of which 16 will pay the Measure Z Tax. At $28.00 per parcel this amounts to $448.00 annually to pay for maintenance, operations and programs for the 538 new citizens (.83 cents a head per year) (Current residents pay approximately $10 a head).

The city will claim additional money will be collect through the Mello Roos fees extracted from this project, problem being there is no accountability for that money like Measure Z funds which haS an Oversight Committee.

The city will also collect a one time parks land fee of  $96,087.33

And a one time parks infrastructure fee of between $452,033.22 – $636,956.73

If these were 163 single family homes the same park land and infrastructure fees would be collected along with $4,564.00 annually for maintenance operations and programs ($8.48 per head instead of 83 cents)

The Wildomar Library will receive no money for expansion of the library. The Wildomar Library will receive no money for new books. The only money the library will receive will be for maintenance and operation of the existing facility which is currently undersized per county standards

Per a study done by the American Library Association:  Funding levels for Riverside County libraries remain at desperately low levels, barely more than a third of the national average on a per capita basis.

In 2014, to correct this underfunding, Riverside County adopted a Developer Impact Fee of $115 per single family dwelling and $80.00 per multi-family dwelling. Wildomar in the same year adopted nothing for libraries, no books no building.

The County of Riverside General Plan Standard is 0.50 sq.ft. per per resident. Looking at Wildomar:

The Wildomar Library on Mission Trail is 5,384 sq.ft.. With a population of 35,168 (January 2016) the square footage should be 17,584 sq.ft..We are currently at 30 ½%. Even below the county deficit with no money for expansion.

Keeping the Hometown Feel

 

This is going to be difficult when you look past the immediate connection of Jefferson Ave. in Murrieta to Palomar St. in Wildomar.

Looking past means looking at what other cities connected to this corridor the stretches from Rancho California Rd. in Temecula  to Main St. in Lake Elsinore a stretch of 17.2 miles

Temecula in March of 2005 in their Circulation Roadway plan discussed key roadway improvements with included expanding Jefferson Ave from Winchester to the city line from a 4 lane arterial to a 6 lane urban arterial highway.

When looking at the HIGHWAY 395 CORRIDOR STUDY FOR SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY compiled in 2012 after 2 community workshops were held. 20 members of the community attended the workshop in wildomar, similar to the previous workshop in Temecula which also had 20 community members.

The Murrieta City Council approved a plan to widen Jefferson Avenue north of Kalmia Street to 6 lanes due to increased traffic volumes. In certain locations, portions of the roadway are already built to this ultimate width and would only need to be restriped to achieve the 6-lane configuration.

Caltrans noted that it will be important to analyze the effects the Corridor improvements will have on the adjacent I-15 interchanges. Highway 395 serves as the primary alternate route for the freeway.

The 395 study states the current condition in wildomar as Two-lane facilities which are common in purely residential and rural land uses where volumes are typically lower.

 

Keeping the Hometown Feel is Going to be Kind of Hard with traffic whizzing by at 50 miles an hour.

Freedom Swing at Marna O’Brien Park One Year Later

 

 

 

Towards the end of the video it appears someone has gotten tired of waiting for the city to unchain this swing in the park. This is the second time I have noticed the latch having been bent so the citizens that paid more than $31,000 could use this apparatus that has been installed twice in the same park. (The first time it was installed it was removed less than a month later, after having failed a safety inspection.)

Some still Photos show the swing has a broken catch that hold the ramp in upward position

Upper Right side of swing has broken clip. The swing is also leaning to one side for some strange reason.

A Win for Transparency in Government

The cloak of secrecy has been pierce

I wrote an article back in September of 2015 concerning the practice of government workers, being they City Manager’s, City Council Member’s, Planning Director’s, etc, conducting City Business on personal devices. These devices such as cell phones, computer’s, tablets, email accounts when used for city business are now subject the to the California Public Records Act so sayeth the California Supreme Court who on this day Thurday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00am release their opinion

Here, we hold that when a city employee uses a personal account to communicate about the conduct of public business, the writings may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA or Act).1 We overturn the contrary judgment of the Court of Appeal.

The entire opinion can be read in the following PDF

 

http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/S218066.PDF

 

The Embarrassment Continues in Wildomar

On February 11, 2017 I wrote an article about the poor condition of the City’s ball fields.

In that article was a video of a gentleman pumping out water from the first and third base area.

Early last week the city attempted a poor fix for this flooding by bringing in material of unknown origin (the origin will be known and reported when the city pays the invoice). This material was used to fill-in what was deemed the low spots, therefore the problem, around 1st and 3rd base.

Today after approximately 0.50 (one-half inch) of rain in a 12 hour period the flooding is back only worse as it has spread further into the infield.

The problem is a result of no maintenance on these infields since the city took over the parks from the county. These fields need to be laser-screed to ensure the water flows away from the infield. This process will require that the drainage swales are not higher than the ball fields.

This poor state of maintenance extends to all three fields currently in the one city park.

This city also needs to eliminate the gophers before someone breaks their leg.

The embarrassment continues well into the evening

Citizens of Wildomar Check Your Tax Bill


Pieter Brueghel the Younger, ‘Paying the Tax (The Tax Collector)’

The property owners of Wildomar need to check their property tax bill to ensure they paid the proper amount for Measure Z Parks Tax.

Notice the Measure Z Tax which is $14.00 per installment or $28.00 Annually

Unbeknownst to the Measure Z Oversight Committee which has never questioned whether the proper amounts have been billed and collected, some properties are being bill and improper amount.


Notice the improper amount of tax on this property tax bill, it totals $33.00 Annually

A responsibility of the Measure Z Oversight Advisory Committee can be found in the City of Wildomar Municipal Code Section 3.18.060 Oversight committee.
By no later than March 1, 2013, the City Council shall establish a Wildomar Community Parks Funding Measure Citizen’s Oversight Advisory Committee to advise the City Council regarding the collection and expenditure of tax revenues collected under the authority of this chapter. The Committee shall consist of at least five members, who shall be residents of the City. The terms of the Committee members and their specific duties shall be established by resolution of the City Council. (Ord. 71 § 1, 2012)
The question asked when the voters approved the Measure Z Parcel Tax can be found in Resolution 2012-38:

These responsibilities are further expounded upon in Resolution 2013-37 Exhibit A
Role, Responsibilities and Duties
The responsibilities and duties of the committee shall be limited to:
3. Understand municipal revenue collection and distribution from local, state and federal sources
Per City of Wildomar Municipal Code 3.18.080 Special tax.
Commencing as of July 1, 2013 and continuing annually thereafter, there is imposed a tax on all parcels in the City for the privilege of using community park and community park related facilities, programs and services and the availability of such facilities, programs and services. The maximum tax rate imposed hereby shall not exceed $28.00 per parcel per year. For purposes of this chapter, “parcel” means a unit of real estate in the City as shown on the most current official assessment roll of the Riverside County Assessor. (Ord. 71 § 1, 2012)

In the haste to satisfy their financial obligation many people just pay their taxes without looking closely at the detail. Now is the time before the next installment is due to look at the details and make sure you are paying only what you should be paying.

If the amount on your tax bill is incorrect please e-mail your councilperson and ask why? With the Measure Z Oversight Committee in place to protect your interest how can this happen.

Especially after the infamous quote found in http://www.pe.com/articles/committee-661787-tax-measure.html  “Officials have said the committee was key to the Measure’s success, citing nationwide distrust of how tax dollars are spent.”

Councilmembers e-mails can be found at the following links:

District 1
Ben Benoit, Mayor Pro Tem

District 2
Dustin Nigg, Council Member

District 3
Timothy Walker, Mayor

District 4
Bridgette Moore, Council Member

District 5
Marsha Swanson, Council Member

 

Santa’s Dough and the Annual Report Go “Poof” in a Puff of Smoke

Santa’s Dough has disappeared like Santa up the chimney right along with the Measure Z Annual Report.

It appears that the Measure Z Oversight Committee’s reviewing of the the funds collected during the Breakfast with Santa starting in 2013 has come to an end, this along with preparing the Measure Z Annual Report.

During the February 2016 Oversight Committees meeting Agenda Item #2.2 Special Events several events will no longer be funded with funds from the Measure Z Parcel Tax, amongst them is Breakfast with Santa (a co-event with the Rotary Club)
Wildomar Night at Storm Stadium (a co-event with the Chamber of Commerce) and Drive-in-Movie (a co-event with Wildomar Little League). These events will now be funded through the Wildomar General Fund. Good luck keeping track of that money.

This still leaves the question of what happened to the original $4.000 budgeted for the 2016-17 as shown in the 1st Quarter Report.

In the Mid-Year Report this $4,000 has disappeared from the Revenue Summary: Breakfast with Santa (a category that no longer exist) and has been switch to the Revenue Summary: Special Event Revenue which had no budget listed.

Finally, the Measure Z Annual Report is usually reviewed, approved and forwarded to the City Council during the January February meeting. This year the last mention of this report was during September 8, 2016 meeting item #2.2 Annual Report Writing Process wherein “It was the consensus of the Committee to prepare the Annual Report from the Committee to the City Council.”

Beware your Privacy at Windsong Park

CITIZENS OF WILDOMAR BEWARE YOUR PRIVACY!

Your privacy and the privacy of your children may be violated at Windsong Park, when some unsuspecting person stops by to use the facilities, as the lock on the portable restroom is missing (like gone)

 

Your health may also be in jeopardy as the hand sanitizer dispenser is also broken and laying about.

So much for daily maintenance that is costing $4,500.00 a month ($150 a day) we had better service when we paid $850.00 a month ($28.33 a day) to a small company

Good Idea, Bad Plan

There is a move about town to install a “Drinking Fountain”, for dogs and humans, at the infamous Regency-Heritage Park located in the northwest side of Wildoslavia. While the idea has been batted about for a number of years the city has apparently located a willing child and sold them on doing a “Scout Project” to cause this fountain project to spring to life.

The idea is a good one and has been long sought after by dog owners, the few that use the DG covered dog park, as the summer months are rather warm in this part of the world where there is little grass to play on.

Above Picture taken in July

Even in Winter there is little grass in this neglected park

The above picture taken in December, the green outside dog park is weeds

The plan is bad plan because this park is a part of the, poorly maintained, drainage system that directs waters from several areas of Wildoslavia, namely to the south as far as Marna O’Brien Park and the hills to the Southwest of the park above the Woodmoor Tract of homes.

The red lines are the existing storm drain infrastructure, the blue line is the proposed additon. The following pictures show the areas where these enter the park

The above picture is looking southwest towards the hills above the Woodmoor Tract

The above picture is looking south towards Marna O’Brien Park, notice the wire has been lifted to facilitate the flow of water, presumably by city staff.

Above picture is looking east towards Palomar St.

The above picture is looking into the park from the Palomar pipe, notice the debris that has been there for years and still is.

In the past it has resulted in much damage being done to this park.

 

The above pictures were taken in September of 2014

This damage still happens today

Notice the engineered material that cost thousands of dollars is saturated from a December 2016 storm. The damage is so severe the swings have been removed.

Taken the day after Christmas 2016 near the drain for this Tot-Lot in Regency-Heritage Park

This poorly maintained drainage system for this park is slated for an upgrade somewhere in the future, brought to you by Riverside County Flood Control and Water  Conservation (RCFC&WCD), the upgrade is a part of the recently (January 2014) adopted Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan

This Lakeland Village Master Drainage Plan (Lakeland Village MDP) calls for the current 10 foot wide X 18 inch deep channel through Regency-Heritage Park to be widened to 42 feet in width X 6 feet in depth. This new channel, referred to as “Open Channel A” will be capable of handling a 100-year event consisting of 1,115 cubic feet of water a second.
The city has known about this concept since they were notified by a concerned citizen more than 2 ½  years ago. Refer to

REGENCY HERITAGE PARK MORPHING INTO OPEN CHANNEL A

 

The above article was written in February of 2014

What does the city lose when this “Open Channel A” is constructed. Nobody really knows at the present time. The RCFC&WCD has a concept but no engineering has been done.

It is possible that 30 feet of the enclosed area currently called the dog park will disappear making the existing dog park smaller while at the same time making it more likely to survive as future flooding will be eliminated. It also means that whatever “Drinking Fountain” installed will lose its water source as the metered water is located on the east entrance nearest Autumn Oak Place.

That is unless the city plans for the new water pipe feeding the “Drinking Fountain” to be installed below the 6 foot depth of the future channel. Does that sound like a “Scout Project”, not many are qualified to operate a backhoe.