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Changes could be coming to Roripaugh Ranch land


Last updated 1/15/2018 at Noon

A different mix of housing, sports park enhancements and other changes could be coming the Roripaugh Ranch land still slated for development if the Temecula City Council approves a series of amendments in late January.

If amendments to the Roripaugh Ranch Specific Plan, which guides what can be built in the development and where, are approved, it would change the size of home lots, allow for senior housing and allow for some multifamily units as well.

Those amendments also would allow for significant additions to an area sports park and changes to the development’s trail system.

The changes got the green light from the city’s planning commission during a Dec. 20 meeting, but they will still need to get council approval during a meeting, Jan. 23, according to Director of Community Development Luke Watson.

linkA city staff report notes that the number of homes with very small lots would be decreased whereas the size of lots throughout the specific plan would be increased.

Lots along the southern and eastern borders of the Roripaugh Ranch area will be cut down in size. Initially, lots along those borders were supposed to be about an acre in size, but under the amended plan lots along the eastern boundary would be a half acre and lots along the southern boundary would be 20,000 square feet.

“These lots are essentially being cut in half width-wise but will maintain the same depth of the lot of what was originally approved,” Watson said in an email. “In addition, the building setback from the property lines will remain the same as what was originally approved so the houses will be no closer to the property line that what was allowed in the original specific plan.”

The amendment language allows for age-restricted senior housing in any of the development’s planning areas. Watson said that it will be up to the developer to determine where they want to put senior housing and how many units would be allotted for that.

link Earlier plans for the development included sites for an elementary school and a middle school, but the amended plan would allow for the building of multifamily buildings on those sites if the Temecula Valley School District opts against opening new schools.

link The multifamily dwellings would have a density of 20 units per acre, but if they’re constructed, cannot exceed the 2,015 dwelling units initially approved for the plan.

A sports park in the area would be significantly revamped with two enlarged and lighted soccer fields, a two-story concession building, a large open lawn area for picnics and a nature exploration area among other features.

The Long Valley Wash, constructed as a flood control channel, would be redesigned. The current specific plan calls for it to be lined with concrete over its entirety, but the amendment would allow for a mostly vegetated channel with “stabilization structures” interspersed.

The redesign would improve the visual appeal of the project and would make the centralized public amenity more open to the public with an adjacent trail instead of just being available to project residents, according to the staff report.


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