RivCo Supervisors Seek Revisions to Process for Amending General Plan

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Stone says revisions to the General Plan Initiation Process, or GPIP, were overdue.

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors this week directed county staff to refine the process for bringing proposed general plan amendments forward so developers have some idea ahead of time whether their project will even be considered for approval.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff Stone said revisions to the General Plan Initiation Process, or GPIP, were overdue.

"We need a better screening apparatus to make sure that before a developer invests money in a project, we have a concept of what they're trying to do," Stone said. "We need a process that's less expensive, less onerous and more streamlined."

Stone said he has seen a number of instances in which developers went ahead with a project in an unincorporated area, believing modifications to the area's general plan, which provides guidelines intended to keep growth within reasonable limits, would not be a problem -- only to have their enterprise delayed or stopped because of a conflict with county priorities.

"Developers can spend hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars," Stone said. "It's not right to penalize developers."

Citing a Riverside County Planning Commission letter, Stone requested that GPIP undergo an overhaul, which the board approved in a 4-0 vote.

Key changes sought by Stone include:

  • Requiring a developer to meet with the planning commissioner and supervisor from the district where the project is planned before filing a GPIP application to ascertain whether the endeavor has any chance of getting off the ground.
  • Requiring a developer to deposit sufficient funds -- typically less than $1,000 -- for planning department staff to conduct a preliminary land study to ensure that sufficient information is gathered for commissioners and board members to confidently judge the value and appropriateness of the proposal.

Temecula resident Paul Jacobs said changes to GPIP will do little to nothing to prevent "more traffic and other impacts from development" from happening.

"The board is likely to streamline things only for the benefit of developers," Jacobs said. "Protecting the rights of property owners is not the policy of this board. This should be called the 'General Plan Ignoring Process."'

The board directed the planning department and the Office of County Counsel to complete changes to the GPIP application process within 90 days, after which the board will hold at least one public hearing before deciding whether to implement the proposed revisions.

– City News Service.

Paul Jacobs May 22, 2014 at 08:49 PM
I also pointed out that when Stone was a Temecula councilman, the City sued the County over unmitigated impacts of development. His stance changed when he became a supervisor and councilman-developer Mike Naggar intends to ride Stone's coattails onto the Board of Supes. Stone at least voted against one Gen. Plan Amendment application that would have rezoned one area from medium density to high density. Naggar never saw a density increase he didn't like.
Libi Uremovic May 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM
the no way gateway committee wanted to send ashley a message.....looks like ashley is sending a message back ....
Steve Mehlman May 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM
This confirms what we've been saying all along. Gateway isn't just about Cherry Valley or Supervisor Ashley. It's about a land speculator being able to get the county or city to zone-bust (spot-zone) a residential area so he or she can sell the property for an enormous profit. If it can happen in Cherry Valley, it can happen to anyone anywhere in Riverside County. If the Supervisors approve Gateway, it will set a horrible precedent going forward.
Patsy Reeley May 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM
I agree with all of the above - the Supervisors are supposed to represent the people - but it appears they only are concerned about how much the land speculator is spending - How many of the supervisors are investors with the shopoff group? do you smell conflict of interest?
desertpatriot May 24, 2014 at 07:33 PM


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