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Large-Scale Wildomar Development Clears First Major Hurdle

Residential and commercial/retail are proposed for community near The Farm.

A proposed development in Wildomar’s northeast corner at The Farm is likely to get underway.

In a 3-0 vote Wednesday night, the Wildomar Planning Commission approved the Oak Creek Canyon project, which calls for subdivision of approximately 151 acres at The Farm into 275 lots for development of single-family residential homes as well as development of a 5-acre parcel for commercial/retail. Lot sizes for single-family homes are expected to range from between 4,500 and 10,100 square feet.

The project site is bisected by Bundy Canyon Road and extends from Farm Road/Harvest Way on the west to Sunset Avenue on the east.

Commissioners Michael Kazmier and Bobby Swann were absent for Wednesday’s vote.

The project was initially brought to the city by Sunbelt Communities in February 2011, according to Larry Markham, a consultant to the applicant.

As part of the proposed project, Sunbelt will pay to straighten Bundy Canyon Road and widen it through the stretch from Sunset to Farm Road. The project also calls for three private parks and community trails.

The development still requires city council approval, and Wildomar Planning Director Matthew Bassi said the matter would come before council members March 27.

Wednesday’s unanimous vote came during the regularly scheduled planning commission meeting that saw approximately 75 people in attendance. Several audience members addressed the commission with comments during a public hearing on the matter.

Former Wildomar City Councilwoman Sheryl Ade expressed concerns about doing a project that will bring increased traffic to Bundy Canyon Road. She argued the heavily traveled stretch of Bundy Canyon between the 15 and 215 freeways should be upgraded before the project gets underway.

“The issue is safety,” she said. “I believe it would be negligent.”

Wildomar resident Gary Andre worried the medium high density residential proposed for the project could be problematic for neighboring communities.

“I think we have to be concerned about the people surrounding this,” he said.

Other citizen concerns included storm water runoff, the impacts on Bundy Canyon residents who would be affected by a road widening, potential lack of parking space for the proposed new homes, and concern about how current sewage fields might impact new residents.

Not all commenters were critical. Rocky Jackson, president of The Farm’s property owners association, commended the project.

“The commercial property is needed,” he said. “Most of the community is happy with the Bundy Canyon Road improvements."

George Taylor also sits on the board of directors for The Farm’s POA and he said the developer “bent over backward” to address residents’ concerns.

Antonio March 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
The project also calls for three private parks and community trails. What about public parks? Also, Bundy Canyon road should be upgraded before development, not after which is what will occur at additional expense.
One Voice March 07, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I have several friends that live in the Farm and they are not happy about this project. The section that the developers are going to straighten on Bundy Canyon is a very small stretch of the road Sunset to Farm Road which won't help the traffic snarls that this road has from the 15FWY to the 215FWY. I am curious as to what retail will go in with this project? The Farm and other houses are in a very rural area and have to go into Menifee/Sun City for almost anything, gas, groceries etc., what kind of retail? Also where are they going to get water, the Farm development is on their own well, as are most properties in this area?
WHAT?? March 07, 2013 at 07:53 PM
The commercial component won't be built until all phases of the Farm Specific Plan are built. So it won't likely be in my lifetime or the lifetime of the majority of The Farm residents. Thus this project will have a negative fiscal impact on city coffers until the commercial is built. Sheryl Ade
John Lloyd March 07, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Did anyone state at the meeting where they will be getting their water and sending their sewer?
dianne chavarria March 07, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Sure sounds like another CFD in the making!
Ken Mayes March 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM
This project will stretch Wildomar's public services further beyond the breaking point. This project is almost 4.5 miles from Wildomar Fire Station 61 which will on most occasions either take a fire truck out of the main area of Wildomar or require mutual-aid, which cost money paid to another city more than likely Menifee. The same will be true of law enforcement. As for parks this development will have more than the required amount of parkland for the increased population but these will be parks owned by the HOA of Oak Creek Canyon, therefore private parks and will not include any ball fields nor soccer fields resulting in the increased usage of existing facilities in Wildomar proper, its deals like this that have resulted in Wildomar having insufficient park land for its general population 13 acres vs the 100 acres we should have per the Quimby Act. The traffic on Bundy Canyon will also increase by a calculated 3,600 cars per day with nothing more than a 1 mile of roadway being improved.
Nancy March 07, 2013 at 09:42 PM
WHEN IS THIS ALL SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE? WE HAVE LIVED AT THE FARM FOR 13 YEARS AND LOVE THE QUIET HERE (in our area that is). THE TRAFFIC AT ON BUNDY IS ALREADY VERY BUSY, RESULTING IN IMPATIENT PEOPLE WANTING TO PASS ON A TWO LANE ROAD, DAY AND NIGHT, TONS OF TAILGATING ON BUNDY AND MANY ACCIDENTS, INCLUDING SEVERAL FATALITIES OVER THE YEARS. THE ROAD WAS SUPPOSED TO BE WIDENED AND STRAIGHTENED OUT FROM THE 15 TO THE 215 WITH AS MANY AS 6 LANES. THEY HAVE NOT EVEN GOTTEN 4 LANES DONE!!! THE TRAFFIC WOULD BE A TOTAL MESS WITHOUT WIDENING BUNDY!!! THE DEVELOPERS AND THE RETIRED PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE DEALING WITH THE TRAFFIC JAMS AND/OR HOLD UPS LIKE THE REST OF US WHO TRAVEL BUNDY ALL THE TIME!!! EACH PRIOR MEETING, THE DEVELOPERS FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS APPEAR TO SHRINK FROM MEETING TO MEETING. IF BUNDY WAS WIDENED AS ORIGINALLY PROPOSED, THIS WOULD BE A VERY WELCOMED DEVELOPMENT! EVERY ONE INVOLVED WITH THESE PLANS NEEDS TO GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD IN CONSIDERATION OF THE REST OF US LIVING IN THIS AREA AND THOSE NEEDING TO TRAVEL BUNDY FROM OTHER AREAS!!! 20 MINUTE WAITING TIMES AT THE STOP SIGN GOING EAST AT MURRIETA RD IS A MESS PRESENTLY AT RUSH HOUR, ADDING TO THIS CONGESTION IS NOT RESPONSIBLE SAFETY WISE OR CONSIDERATE OF THOSE OF US BEING STUCK IN IT ON A REGULAR BASIS!!! WE LIVE HERE AND SPEAK FROM DAILY EXPERIENCE, NOT OUT OF THE TOP OF OUR HAT!!!! PLEASE CONSIDER!!!
Toni McAllister (Editor) March 07, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Yes, The Farm Mutual Water Company ...
Reverend Smith March 08, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Now all the new residents of this planned, probably somewhat upscale community will start whining about all the peasants living in trailers and pre-fabs all around them and want the city to 'redevelop' the area, forcing The Farm residents to vacate on authority of eminent domain.
PirateGirl March 08, 2013 at 04:39 AM
I have attended most of the meetings regarding the Oak Creek Fiasco Project and have yet to be convinced that the city or the developer fully understands or doesn't see some of the most obvious side effects of this project. Let me explain my observations and predictions of the near future of the Farm and the local residents in the immediate area. #1. The focus has been discussed as to Lot Size, Property Set Backs and Physical Appearance of the three developed sections. Fact is... it doesn't matter. The Reality is the new homes will be shielded and mostly hidden by tall block walls that will line the bulk of Bundy Canyon Road creating a Parkway-like atmosphere where only the "out-of-place" tile rooftops will be visible. These walls will make the Farm and the surrounding homes all but disappear behind them taking away our open, flowing hill environment that will look like modern Temecula , Menifee and Murrieta. I used to have pride in my community, now I am afraid that I will end up disliking the rural area where we live. 2. By softening the curve and expanding to more than one lane in each direction this will promote more speeding, passing and cause more accidents and to those entering and exiting the Farm at any given time. And the fact that all these walls will exist it will definitely inspire more Graffiti as well. QUESTION: Is the new HOA going to fund their own Graffiti removal or will the Tax Payers flip the Bill? AND, Who is going to pay for extra Traffic Control.
PirateGirl March 08, 2013 at 04:56 AM
... (more)... 3. Many intruders are already coming into the Farm and using our pools and fish our ponds, steal fruit from our orchards. The Farm needs to find a way to help eliminate this problem... but having 275 (or so new homes) in our immediate area the amount of trespassers will undoubtedly increase. 4. The Farm will loose it's charm, uniqueness and it's identity and the Farm Board don't seem to be concerned about that. What's next? I hesitate to think what will follow... low income apartments??? 5. The properties along Bundy Canyon between Sunset and Harvest Way West are going to be right in the path of the new Super Highway.... Some of them are just a few feet from the current road... what will happen to them? Widomar City Planners need to give this a much better look and explain the resolutions to all of us instead of letting the Developer push us further away from the environment we already have and back behind block walls. In closing.. I am for some progress, but this project is far from being a step in the right direction... If we all wanted to live in suburbia we would have moved there... instead the are building moving it right next to us and we have little to say or do about it other than to oppose the project entirely and do what we can to prevent it. Can we pull together and put a stop to this? PG
Ken Mayes March 08, 2013 at 06:29 AM
According to documents filed with the city, water and sewer will be provided by EVMWD. The developer will construct 8,600 ft of 10" sewer line from Farm Rd. to Valley Vista Circle and apparently EVMWD already supplies the Farm Mutual Water Co. with water thru an agreement dating back to 1976.
True Authority March 09, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Glad I left Wildomar. This development along with the high density housing on Clinton Keith all sound like a disaster in the making. The people on the Farm deserve whatever bad things happen to them though. Their voting influence has put Wildomar in the position it finds itself in today. Enjoy what you all have created. I will will sit back and watch it all play out.
John Lloyd March 10, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Thank Ken. Yes, EVMWD does provide water for the Farm, but the farm handles their own waste treatment. I'm glad EVMWD is going to take care of the sewer system.
Revel18 March 13, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Pirate Girl, I would like to comment to #5. I am one of the ROW properties on Bundy Canyon. I am deeply sad to be bought out and see my land cleared, completely cleared of any trace my family was there. Because I was to be impacted I received a letter advising us of a meeting with the engineers. The pictures of before and after were heart breaking. I think since living in Ca. most of my life, I've seen this over and over. There is not much dirt left. It's very hard to swallow. My only hope is that widening the road would save lives. After reading all these posts, it sounds like everyone feels it will cause more accidents due to more traffic and speed increase. I sincerely hope not. This was my main reason to not fight this. I've seen too many accidents in my front yard. I wish there was something we could do to keep us rural, but I don't know what that is. I'm a lady of faith, and I know God is working this out for our family. I sincerely hope the best for all my neighbors, all along Bundy Canyon.....I will miss our life here in the country.
albia miller May 01, 2013 at 10:24 PM
When is the next meeting? Supposedly it is May 8 in council room City Hall. Can anyone confirm.
PirateGirl May 02, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I too am interested to learn when is the next meeting, and where they are going with this project. How can we be 'kept in the loop'?
Toni McAllister (Editor) May 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM
The issue is tentatively scheduled to be on the May 8 City Council agenda. The agenda will be out tomorrow; I will plan to post something as a reminder to interested residents if the agenda item indeed appears, which it most likely will. City Council held a special meeting on the issue April 23, but the item was continued until May 8. The May 8 meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at 23873 Clinton Keith Rd., Suite 201, at City Hall.
PirateGirl May 03, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Thank you Toni!!!! You are awesome :)
Toni McAllister (Editor) May 04, 2013 at 12:34 AM
It is likely that council will delay voting on the project next week. Here's the story. http://patch.com/A-4gWX

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