Larger Development in Pinon Hills Could Generate More Park and Recreation Revenue

Larger Development in Pinon Hills Could Generate More Park and Recreation Revenue

Michael Orme

(Best Syndication) This is the third installment in our coverage of the Pinon Hills MAC meeting concerning the Hout development off Silver Rock and Goss Roads in Pinon Hills. At the May 3rd meeting the representative of County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, Michael Orme, said that the developer would have already started building homes at the 78-lot development, had it not been for residents asking for an equestrian park.

After that request, the developer proposed a plan for 152 homes on smaller lots in exchange for an equestrian or sports park. Although this development would give the county more money for roads and parks, it is opposed by some in the local community. Orme also mentioned the developer would absorb the extra cost for removal of the Joshua trees.

When asked about the services such as schools, Orme said that since there would be more homes, there would also be more school fees taken in by the county. Concerning the question about a shortage of stores, MAC member Don Slater said that as the community grows there will be an incentive for grocery and other store outlets to move in.

Orme told the audience that the parks associated with the larger development would be available to everyone, not just those living in that housing tract. If the Community Service District (CSD) plan is passed in November, the money for the parks would be turned over to the CSD, and our local community (Phelan and Pinon Hills) can decide what type of park should be build, whether equestrian or sports park or both.

The other developments that Houts has built are on 2.5 acre lots, according to Orme. But since the community came to the developer, he offered the park plan in exchange for smaller lot sizes. One comment at the meeting concerned the fact that the local schools do not want residents trampling on their football and baseball fields. Orme said that the County Supervisor is regularly asked by residents for more baseball and soccer fields.

Slater said that the larger development would generate $1.52 million for parks and recreation (and $1.25 million in road fees). He said that “if we had to generate that money ourselves, we would have to pay a ridiculous amount of money because the money is from the county”. Don said that if the builder charges off that investment (in other words gives the money to the county or SCD), we could build the parks for about “one seventh” the cost of what it would take to have the county build it.

This illustrates an important advantage to a “yes” vote on the CSD proposal in November. We can get parks and recreation money before it goes to the general county fund. There is no guarantee that that money, without the CSD, would come back to us.

Don asked for a show of hands from those living within a half a mile of the proposed development. Nearly everyone in the auditorium raised their hands. Later, MAC member Mike Adams asked if there was anyone in the room that was passionately in favor of the larger development, and no one raised their hand.

See what others are saying and join the discussion at our Forum

By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Writer

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