Cattle ranch removed from high density list | News
A community protest that started as a trickle and turned into an avalanche prompted the Chino Hills City Council on Tuesday to remove the Caballero Ranch at Peyton Drive and Eucalyptus Avenue from the list of high-density housing that will be sent to the State.
Audiences in packed council chambers applauded the city council’s unanimous decision after 18 speakers opposed the site as “not the right choice” for up to 220 housing units.
The council voted to keep the high-density units on the Shoppes II parcel which is the overflow parking lot at the corner of Boys Republic and Shoppes drives, instead of moving them to the Caballero Ranch.
Holding a stack of letters from residents, Councilman Peter Rogers said: “If I lived in your neighborhood, I would be here too with similar thoughts.
The board received at least 50 emails and two petitions with around 200 signatures.
Although council members agreed that the project was not ideal in this location, they warned the public that the land would eventually be developed as it is zoned for six housing units per acre, allowing up to 60 units on the 10 acre site.
“I love this ranch, I love this barn,” Councilwoman Cynthia Moran said. “I agree that this project is not suitable, but it will not be a ranch forever.”
Resident Debbie Hall said the state is taxing housing but not providing solutions to water, traffic and quality of life issues.
John Bruner, as representative of the Galloping Hills and Richmond U.S. neighborhoods near the ranch, urged the council to relocate the units to the Shoppes II site and use taxpayer dollars to acquire the Caballero Ranch for parks. additional or a parking area.
Also speaking, Ed McCoy of Fairfield Residential LLC introduced himself as the developer who offered the 220 units.
“We believe this is a suitable site for high-density units,” he said, adding that his company had developed the 286-unit Capriana Apartments on Butterfield Ranch Road, from Picasso Drive to Slate Drive, in side of the heights.
The Caballero Ranch housing rush began when developer Crossroads Marketplace decided not to build 370 units after all, and the city redistributed the units to the Shoppes II site.
Later, Fairfield Residential submitted a preliminary concept plan for the Caballero Ranch, so the city removed 220 units from Shoppes II and placed them on the ranch.
The city element project to be submitted to the state will show 744 units on the 8-acre Shoppes II site, said Community Development Manager Joann Lombardo.
She said the housing element will return to city council on Tuesday, Jan. 25, as the city is still awaiting state input.