The Etiwanda Heights Neighborhood & Conservation Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) & Plan is now available for public review at www.CityofRC.us/EtiwandaHeights. Thank you to all who attended the first Planning Commission meeting where the draft Plan was presented on April 24, 2019.
Since early 2018, the City, worked with the community to identify the vision for the undeveloped land in the northeastern area of the City. The southerly 1,200 acres of this land is surplus land owned by the County of San Bernardino Flood Control that the County plans to sell. During the community-based planning process, the community articulated a strong and consistent message that local control is very important. Top community priorities also include, economic feasibility, no new tax burdens, and conservation of foothill open space.
Based on the community's expressed interest in exercising local control over these 4,000-plus acres, the community-based planning process identified a preferred scenario for limited single-family neighborhoods and extensive open space. Your input helped define a mixture of housing types, neighborhood amenities, and conservation areas that support community priorities.
Since the May 16, 2018 City Council Meeting, the City has engaged with over 100,000 people online and nearly 1,000 people through pop-ups, small-group meetings, and the Open House this past September.
The Notice of Preparation for the Environmental Impact Report was released for public comment and review in December 2018. That process determined the scope of analysis that was conducted in the Environmental Impact Report. In the coming weeks the Draft Environmental Impact Report will be released along with details on how to provide public comment on the Report.
The City would like to thank those that took the time to be part of the community-based planning process this past year. Hearing from as many community members as possible on this topic was and continues to be important to the City Council.
The Plan along with previously released documents, reports and informational videos are available online at www.CityofRC.us/EtiwandaHeights. To receive news and updates on this and other City topics visit, http://bit.ly/rcenews to subscribe.