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9:00 a.m. City of Hemet Council Chambers 450 E. Latham Avenue www.cityofhemet.org Please silence all cell phones

Call to Order
Chairperson Lowe called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. The meetings of the Hemet City Council, the Hemet Redevelopment Agency and the Hemet Housing Authority ran concurrently.

Roll Call
PRESENT: ABSENT: Board Members Christie, McBride, Searl, Vice Chairperson VanArsdale and Chairperson Lowe None

Work Study Session
1. Comprehensive General Plan Update - Richard Masyczek Review and discussion on the proposed land use map, circulation map, associated policies and the proposed housing element with possible direction to staff Richard Masyczek, Planning Director, conducted a workstudy session to confirm the land use map that will be used to prepare the traffic study. The County of Riverside’s Airport Expansion and Highway 79 require some reconsideration of land uses. Staff is currently reviewing the Public Safety and the Park Elements. John Bridges, P & D, discussed the process so far and the next steps. Mr. Bridges explained and emphasized the need to complete the Housing Element due to its process. The Housing Element is reviewed by the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development for 60 day period prior to adoption. Once adopted, the Housing Element requires an additional 90 day review by the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The Housing Element must be in compliance for the City to receive funding. Mr. Bridges showed the City Council a map identifying the sites for Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) homes within the City of Hemet. The density required on these sites will be 30 units per acre in order to meet the number of homes required by the State. The City Council recommended that the General Plan include the following: goals for fiscal stability; a job to housing ratio; the circulation system in balance with the land uses; enhanced circulation in the older areas; and west end policies that achieve the City Council’s goals and are compatible with the rest of the community.


Richard Masyczek, revisions were made to the circulation plan to accommodate future development and the airport expansion. Mr. Masyczek explained the revisions that were made to Warren Road. It is recommended that California Avenue be a through street to Domenigoni Expressway adding an additional north/south corridor. The goal will be to achieve a D level at intersections and a C level at links. There will be intersections on Florida Avenue that will remain at an F level, allowed per the 1992 General Plan override. The City Council discussed the estimated cost for the Warren Road interchange. Richard Masyczek, Dave Mudget has requested that his property be zoned for industrial. Another recommendation for his property would be commercial, that might be a consideration for property on both sides of Highway 79. Mr. Bridges, explained to the City Council that according the RHNA requirement for Hemet, there are 8,848 remaining homes required. Mr. Bridges further explained that the requirement is to meet the capacity in the City’s General Plan, the City will not be held accountable for the development. The land and the infrastructure must be available. Council Member Lowe, recommended that high density designation be considered at Santa Fe and Menlo. Richard Masyczek, opened a discussion regarding inclusionary housing and its preferred location. There is an ability to require that developers include inclusionary housing in their master plans. Mr. Bridges, did note that the requirement to include inclusionary housing is difficult to show in the Housing Element for approval by Housing and Community Development. Council Member VanArsdale, suggested that the County of Riverside’s property north of the Stock Farm would be another good location for high density development. Staff gave the City Council an update on the County’s plan to development the 60 acres of County owned property. Mr. Bridges, showed the City Council the recommendation locations for mixed use areas in the City. These areas can accommodate additional housing and some commercial projects. Mr. Masyczek, noted that the older mobile home parks along Florida Avenue will transition to higher density residential over time. The goal will be to set aside 6 to 7% of the City for commercial development. It is recommended that Florida Avenue be reserved for offices and higher density development. The land use will also develop an in-fill strategy. The City Council agreed that the Housing Element can move forward with the recommended revisions. Council Member Lowe, expressed a concern with the smell of grease from fast food restaurants on shallow lots abutting residential. There is also a concern with traffic circulation from drive through restaurants on Florida Avenue. Mr. Bridges, the shallow lots along Florida Avenue could be candidates for residential designations. Properties that lack adequate depth are problems for any type of development.


Council Member Lowe, requested that the General Plan include the necessary tools to deny incompatible uses. Council Member VanArsdale, recommended that office development be considered on the shallow lots. The term drive through encompasses banks and drug stores also. The City can require that the smell be mitigated. Richard Masyczek, suggested that John Bridges establish a policy area on east Florida Avenue that would require more benign uses. Unique policies will also have to be established for west Florida Avenue. Mr. Bridges, staff has identified the core of activity in the Downtown that can regenerate over time. The Downtown area will include some mixed use designations. If residential can be established in that area, it will become a more attractive area just by the virtue of economics. Mr. Masyczek, staff is recommending that industrial designation continue on the 60 acre parcel from Simpson to Olive, extending to Calvert. The City Council agreed with the recommendation. Staff is also recommending that the 1,600 acre vernal pool complex area be zoned agriculture from Warren Road to California Avenue along the Railroad tracks to Stowe Road. Tom Jex, Assistant City Attorney, reminded the City Council that these land designations are not set in stone, these will be used to move forward with the traffic model. Mr. Bridges, the City’s proposed General Plan land use designations along the shared boundary with San Jacinto will reflect the land use designations recently adopted by San Jacinto. Richard Masyczek, recommended that the 5 acre commercial site on Esplanade and Sanderson be increased in size to 25 acres. San Jacinto is currently showing a 20 acre site across the street. The City Council agreed with staffs recommendation. Bill Compton, Hemet, thanked the City Council for their recent action regarding Rheinhardt Canyon and encouraged the City Council to include that resolution as part of the General Plan. Mike Shaw, Mission Viejo, owns 237 acres between at California and Stetson Avenues. Expressed concern with the Highway 79's alignment and the connection of California Avenue. Recommended that his property be designated as commercial or mixed use. Michael Rowe, Winchester, expressed concern with the 60 acre sliver that is penetrating into Winchester. This recommendation will not be agree upon by the community of Winchester. The community has repeatedly demanded a buffer. Annexation of this property is at the request of one property owner and will create an island. Mr. Masyczek, staff will need two weeks to do the land use translation. It will then take approximately 5 weeks to run the traffic model using the approved land use designations. At that time a meeting will be scheduled to review the traffic model. The Draft EIR will be completed in approximately 5 months. In the interim the traffic and the various elements will be reviewed by the City Council. 3

Communications From the Public
There were no communications from the public.

Future Agenda Items
There were no future items requested.

Adjourned at 10:48 a.m. to Tuesday, June 17, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.


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