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Etiwanda Heights Neighborhood & Conservation Plan (Evolution of the North Eastern Sphere Annexation Proposal)


View the Staff Report here View the Presentation here


During the first half of 2018, City staff worked with the community through a series of meetings and online engagements to determine how the community would prefer to proceed with the North Eastern Sphere Annexation Proposal (NESAP). 
The options considered were:

  • Halt planning and annexation efforts;
  • Raise funds through a new parcel tax to purchase the land for permanent open space conservation, or; 
  • Prepare a plan for a new neighborhood and conservation open space.

Throughout the community engagement process, the majority of participants supported local control and some sort of neighborhood development as a mechanism for achieving local control and annexing the land into the City. At the May 16, 2018 City Council Meeting, the Council directed Staff to work toward a community-based neighborhood and conservation plan to achieve this outcome.

As this effort moves into the next phase, the plan is taking on a name to better communicate the location of the planning area within the City and the intended purpose of the plan. The next phase of the NESAP will be to work with the entire Rancho Cucamonga community to create the Etiwanda Heights Neighborhood and Conservation Plan. We want all who have been interested in the progress of the NESAP to continue to participate in the Etiwanda Heights Neighborhood and Conservation Plan to help define an appropriate mix of neighborhoods and open space conservation for the planning area. We will ensure we keep the history of NESAP available, including links, materials and online references.

The North Eastern Sphere Annexation Proposal, or NESAP area, extends from Haven Avenue, easterly to the City's boundary with Fontana, and from the northerly City limits to the National Forest boundary.  The NESAP area contains a total of 4,388 acres, including 300 acres already within City limits and 4,088 acres in the City's Sphere of Influence.  This will include the development of a Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment, Zoning Map Amendment, Etiwanda North Specific Plan Amendment, and all related environmental documentation.  Initial NESAP considerations propose maintaining the northerly 3,176 acres as “conservation priority area”, and approximately 1,212 acres as “development priority area” in the southerly portion generally located between Milliken Avenue and Day Creek Avenue, north of Banyan Street.

Community Workshop #1 Summary (3/22/18) Community Workshop #2 Summary (4/19/18)

The Process

The annexation process consists of the following components:

  • Community Engagement: Public outreach is a critical component to the success of this proposal. The City is committed to keeping our community informed through community workshops, surveys, and information sharing sessions, and up-to-date information made available on the City's social media sites and website.
  • Specific Plan: (DRC2015-00751) - to establish land use and development standards for the NESAP area.
  • General Plan Amendment(DRC2015-00749) - to amend the General Plan to establish land use designations within with the NESAP area.
  • Zoning Map Amendment(DRC2015-00752) - to amend the Zoning Map to designate the NESAP area.
  • Etiwanda North Specific Plan Amendment(DRC2015-00750) - to update the specific plan and remove the NESAP area from the Etiwanda North Specific Plan
  • Environmental Impact Report

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