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Wildomar's Moratorium On Storage Facilities Set To Expire

City Council took up the matter during its Jan. 11 meeting.

Wildomar property owners who want to open storage facilities on their land will once again be able to apply to the city to do so.

A moratorium in Wildomar that temporarily halted development of storage facilities in the city expires Friday.

During a discussion by City Council Wednesday night, council members elected to allow the moratorium to expire effective Jan. 13, but with some caveats.

The city will default to the existing county ordinance for boat, vehicle and RV storage facilities, which allows for such operations on property zoned Commercial General, Scenic Highway Commercial and Rural Residential.  A conditional use permit application is required for Rural Residential and Scenic Highway Commercial zoning; a plot plan application is required for Commercial General zoning.

As for mini- and self-storage facilities, council members directed staff to draft an amendment to the existing county ordinance to prohibit such facilities in the desirable Commercial General zoning. Such facilities are already prohibited in Rural Residential and Scenic Highway Commercial designations, according to city documents.

The amendment came at the urging of Councilmember Bob Cashman, who argued the city needs to draft its own ordinance “once and for all” to deal with storage facilities. He expressed concern that by allowing mini-storage and self-storage facilities to build on prime commercial retail sites along key city arteries like Clinton Keith Road, potentially desirable future development could be negatively impacted in the long term.

“I’m worried about permanent concrete structures,” Cashman said, pointing out that storage facilities are not aesthetically pleasing and bring little revenue to the city.

Councilmember Marsha Swanson argued that drafting a city ordinance now would cost Wildomar money at a time when storage businesses are “not beating down our doors.”

However, staff confirmed that recent inquiries have been made into the city, and the moratorium was put in place in Dec. 2010 because “staff had received numerous inquiries regarding development applications,” according to city documents.

Martha L. Bridges January 13, 2012 at 02:27 PM
@ Jay Don't be so quick to suggest people move. It is vastly impractical, if not impossible to sell homes in this recessionary economy. What we need to do is protect what we have rather than allowing developers and the city to ruin it. Many of us moved here and invested in homes because the place was semi rural and not littered with RVs or ugly places to store them. Ditto tacky commercial development of any other kind. As the article plainly says, the city reaps little revenue from these facilities and should be keeping a tight control on their design, development and numbers.
Martha L. Bridges January 13, 2012 at 02:31 PM
@simple Have you expressed your concerns to the city council. If people don't speak up plainly to the council, they will go right on thinking they can do whatever they want with OUR community.
Martha L. Bridges January 13, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Yes, it is amazing that our city council seems incapable of thinking ahead. Long term planning is in mighty short supply at Wildomar's city hall. They had years to put a contingency plan in place to keep the parks open if the courts deemed the parks assessment illegal, but didn't. They had a year to discuss and come up with a lasting ordinance regarding storage facilities, but waited until they had painted themselves into a time crunch to address it. As to Marsha Swanson's remarks about not being able to pay for staff drafting an ordiance now, that is the kind of thing the city should and must afford. If they hadn't squandered our tax money on silly nonsense like monogrammed M&Ms and failed bond and assessment elections, perhaps they could afford the basic necessities of a city.
Ken Mayes January 13, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Quick internet search on the issue of storage facilities shows that most other cities have solved this issue by changing their zoning requirements to limit these facilities to industrial zoned properties only. How hard is it to copy what others have done years ago.
some guy January 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Why should we have to look at all these cinder block compounds all over town.? really what are you gonna do now? ban gas station around town/ move to beverly hills you stuck up chump

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