This issue contains two parts. 1.) The building Moratorium, and 2.) The proposed “hillside “ordinance.
The Building Moratorium the County approved earlier this month has the affect of halting any new “Residential” construction, and any new parcel splits that may be applied for. This will be effective immediately. It is still unclear as to whether this will affect smaller projects that require a permit from the County (pool, retaining walls, additions, etc.) This moratorium will be in effect until October 2012 and could still be extended. Sponsoring County Supervisors (Bob Buster and Jeff Stone) assured constituents that the ban will only be short lived because they expect to have legislation crafted and passed by early next year that will make the moratorium unnecessary.
The proposed “hillside” ordinance will be designed to limit development on the affected properties and may include the following: Limiting the “developable” property size to 10 acres, and imposing a new set of Architectural restrictions on the affected properties. The reason for the limitation on development is to allow the people in the valley to look at the affected properties and not have to look at (our) homes.
Both the moratorium and the pending legislation have had the immediate effect of lowering the value of the affected properties. If you own bare land you, cannot build on it. Land has little value to anyone if you cannot build a home on it. If you have a home in the affected area you may not be able to add large outbuildings, a pool, or an addition to your house. Sales of properties in the affected area have ground to a halt.
What can be done?
This legislation has been written (see below), and as such must be proposed to the people of Riverside County before the County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission hearing will be on November 16 at 9:00 AM (see below). We may be able to affect the outcome of these hearings and reverse this aggressive legislation by doing any or all of the following:
1.) Plan on attending the Planning Commission Hearing on the 16th. Speak out against this overreaching legislation.
2.) Contact Supervisors Bob Buster and Jeff Stone either by phone or email. They can be contacted at the following addresses.
Bob Buster, District 1
Riverside office - 951-955-1010
Wildomar office - 951-609-1326
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Stone, District 3
Riverside office 951-955-1030
French Valley office - 951-698-7326
email - email@example.com
3.) Support Assemblyman Kevin Jefferies in his bid to replace Bob Buster. Jeffries has publicly opposed this legislation. Jefferies can always use a donation in order to help him win this race. For more information on Jeffries candidacy for supervisor please visit his website.
Kevin Jeffries Website.
4.) Stay informed. We at the La Cresta Voice have dedicated this website page of useful information for the affected property owners. We also intend to send out email blasts to inform you of any breaking developments.