Tonight there was a neighborhood meeting for those that live near the proposed subdivision of 15 houses on 4.07-acre site that is sandwiched between the flood channel to the east, the backyards of homes on Darby to the west, Gruwell to the north and Central to the south.
There was a short power point presentation by planner Alfredo Garcia followed by many public comments. The top concerns revolved around a few themes.
- Loss of existing access to backyards by homeowners on Darby.
- Loss of privacy due to two story homes looking into neighbor's yards.
- Flooding issues.
- Increased traffic on Darby.
- An existing ten foot easement for utilities granted the homeowners years ago.
- Sewer hookups.
|View from ground level of Tract Map 33840 looking south from near Gruwell.|
This is what it comes down to. Do the proposed 15 houses make sense on that tract or not? I say they don't —for many reasons, though I have to scratch my head at the comment by one of the neighbors, stating that the proposed fifteen 2,000sf to 3,000sf homes would somehow "stick out like a sore thumb".
Calling a nice, new and modern neighborhood a "sore thumb" would be like calling the highrise, in the graphic below, a sore thumb. Sorry, but a "sore thumb" is something that subtracts from the whole.
The 15 homes, though out of place IMO, would actually be the gem in an otherwise bent up crown. Such a development would help increase the local property values, not hurt them.
|Can you imagine the view from the terrace? Not quite what Aladdin and Jazmin saw in that Disney cartoon.|
Let's put our big boy pants on for a minute and call a spade a spade... the area in question is not the most desirable part of Wildomar. What is the developer thinking? Why force nice homes into an area that they don't fit into... both figuratively and literally? Who would plunk down market priced HOA homes in that location in the first place? Once built, who would line up to get a mortgage for such things? I'm thinking I might just rather live near a Sriracha sauce factory my own self... but that's just me. ☺
Oh, and the proposed perimeter block wall, that would be right on the public trail, would make a great canvass for graffiti artists.
Though I can understand why the landowner would like to collect as many dollars as he can from his personal patch of Wildomar, a development like this belongs in a different area, not shoehorned into such a mismatched area simply because he has a deed to the property.
Rumors of a bridge being built over the concrete flood control ditch, to allow another point of entry to the proposed subdivision, traversing private land, were dispelled by Planning Director Matt Bassi.