Desert Hot Springs City Council OKs 402 condos near Palm Drive and 15th Avenue

Desert Hot Springs City Council OKs 402 condos near Palm Drive and 15th Avenue

The Planning Committee unanimously approved the Marbella Villa project on October 13, 2020, when more than 20 residents of the nearby Skys Haven Mobile Home Park opposed the project.

The October meeting is a continuation of the early September meeting, indicating that residents were not fully informed about the project. In response, the city continued the meeting until October and again notified the neighbors of the hearing.

After the planning committee approved the project, the Skys Haven Homeowners Association appealed the decision and sent the project to the city council.

On Tuesday, the council voted 4-1 to maintain the planning committee’s approval, opposed by councilor Russell Betts.

The Skys Haven Homeowners Association’s appeal alleges that the project was approved with an incomplete conditional license application and that Marbella Villas violates various city ordinances because it is incompatible with the surrounding area.

Tom Talker, a resident of Skyes Haven, said:

Tokar said this violates a section of the city’s municipal law that states that the city must work for the use of land that “protects and strengthens established residential areas.”

Skys Haven and other residents of the Vista Montana community said the project will impact their views and privacy, and new residents will increase Palm Drive traffic.

We moved here because this project awakens us to the building that rises above us without expecting privacy and completely eradicates our point of view, said a resident of Skyes Haven. Told. Was told. Sae Yamamoto said.

I approve of the work the Planning Commission is doing for our city and this 402 unit two- and three-story housing project on the busiest street of Desert Hot Springs. Looking forward to it from Desert Hot Springs on Palm Drive, said Barbara Eastman, who lives in Vista Montana.

Caprichos and other residents said their main concern was to determine that the project was an incomplete conditional license application. The HOA appeal contained some important elements that were not included in the project application or violated city regulations.

City officials addressed these concerns in a staff report and explained that conditions were added to the project to ensure that these items comply with city regulations.

Betts was the only opposition vote to the project as residents of Skyes Haven expressed concern.

He said the project raised serious health and safety concerns. He also said the project was low density, the council unanimously rejected the project proposed by the senior community in 2011, and the new proposal was dense and had a significant impact on public transport. At that time, Betts, Scott Matas and Yampai were in the city hall.

We moved here because this project awakens us to the building that rises above us without expecting privacy and completely eradicates our perspective, said a resident of Skyes Haven. Told. Sae Yamamoto said.

I approve of the work the Planning Commission is doing for our city and this 402 unit two- and three-story housing project on the busiest street of Desert Hot Springs. I’m looking forward to it from Desert Hot Springs on Palm Drive, said Barbara Eastman, who lives in Vista Montana.

Caprichos and other residents said their main concern was to determine that the project was an incomplete conditional license application. The HOA appeal contained some important elements that were not included in the project application or violated city regulations.

City officials addressed these concerns in a staff report and explained that conditions were added to the project to ensure that these items comply with city regulations.

Betts was the only opposition vote to the project as residents of Skyes Haven expressed concern.

He said the project raised serious health and safety concerns. He also said the city council unanimously rejected the project in 2011 when the project was proposed by a low-density elderly community, and the new proposal is crowded, giving more traffic impact to the general public. It was. At that time, Betts, Scott Matas, and Yampai were in the city hall.

Marvela Villa assesses local housing needs of approximately 10% of the 3,873 housing units required by Desert Hot Springs between June 2021 and October 2029 by adding 402 new housing units. I will. To do.

City officials report that the project will be the first condo available in Desert Hot Springs. The report also said Marvela Vista could promote other housing developments in Desert Hot Springs during the state’s housing crisis.

The city council has approved the project with some additional approval conditions, such as meeting the city’s requirements for underground air conditioning units, but the developers are protecting the project to reduce noise from the neighborhood.

To address traffic issues, the 15th Avenue road from the project entrance to Palm Drive will be converted to Full Street, and public meetings will be held at nearby school entrances and exits within 6-12 months. You can plan the impact of traffic.

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