Oak Hills Project Withdrawn – Mitzelfelt Said Developer Was A Good Neighbor – Builder Says He Pushed Envelope

Oak Hills Project Withdrawn – Mitzelfelt Said Developer Was A Good Neighbor – Builder Says He Pushed Envelope


(Best Syndication) Jim Tatum, president of American Housing Group who had planned on developing half acre lots in Oak Hills has withdrawn the proposed project. Local residents had been fighting the project for months.

The Oak Hills Property Owners Association (OHPOA) met with Jim Tatum on Thursday to discuss other options for that land. The OHPOA spent years developing a plan for their community which includes 2 ½ acre lot sizes. The proposed development called for 197 lots on 148 acres. Even Tatum believes this may not have conformed to their community plan.

High density developments have been fought in other areas including Pinon Hills and Apple Valley. The San Bernardino County planning staff recommended to the Board of Supervisors that the project be denied. Ryan Orr of the Daily Press reports that 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt asked Tatum to conduct an Environmental Impact Report before an appeal was heard.

This recommendation from Mitzelfelt might have influenced the developer’s decision to withdraw his plans. “We were looking at half-acre lots, and we were probably pushing the envelope with those people out there,” Tatum said.

According to Orr the developer will explore the possibility of Hesperia annexing the land. Tatum said no matter what happens they plan on keeping the lot sizes to a least ½ acre. But right now the OHPOA is happy with the results. Kostak, vice president of the association said “For him to do that tells you that we did have an affect on him.”

The opposition to the project was obvious to Tatum. Orr said that Kostak and about 20 other residents took a trip to San Bernardino to hear Tatum’s appeal to the board. The group was wearing green T-shirts with the words “keep it rural.”

Mitzelfelt complemented the developer saying he was being a good neighbor. “A lot of builders might not voluntarily agree to accommodate the local community’s desires,” the supervisor said.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication News Local Writer


America Housing Group



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