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Peppertree Park hearing continued until November 16

 

Last updated 11/15/2007 at Noon



A county Planning Commission hearing on a revised tentative map and Major Use Permit modification for Peppertree Park has been continued to November 16.

The Planning Commission voted 7-0 November 2 to approve the continuance to allow various conditions to be finalized. “I think we’re going to be able to work out all the details,” said attorney William Scwhartz, who represented the Peppertree Park project owned by an entity called Peppertree Village VI, LLC.

The revised tentative map will realign the crossing of Ostrich Farms Creek by Pepper Tree Lane and will change the design of residential lots in Units 7 and 8. The rear yard setback for 11 of the lots would be reduced from 35 feet to 25 feet.

In August 1991 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a specific plan for the Peppertree Park Planned Residential Development. The specific plan for the 162.9-acre site included 267 single-family detached dwelling units, or a density of 1.65 dwelling units per acre. That 1991 approval also included a rezone, a tentative map, and a Major Use Permit. The southern portion of the site has been developed, and the northern 59.6 acres are currently undeveloped. The supervisors approved a previous amendment to the plan and tentative map in November 2005.

Ostrich Farms Creek crosses the northern portion of Peppertree Park in a north-south direction. The current tentative map and Major Use Permit show Pepper Tree Lane crossing the northern portion of the Specific Plan Area from west to east, curving northward to where the traffic is directly adjacent to the area’s northern boundary. That alignment would cross Ostrich Farms Creek by using fill and constructing a culvert crossing within that portion of the creek.

The revised tentative map, if approved, would realign the crossing and would change the configuration of lots in Units 7 and 8. The crossing would use a bridge approximately 450 feet south of the project site’s northern boundary rather than fill adjacent to the boundary.

The request for a tentative map amendment also proposes a waiver in the design speed requirement for Pepper Tree Lane which would reduce the design speed from 45 mph to 40 mph. Two roundabouts would be constructed at the entrances to Units 7/8 and Units 9/10.

The revised map for the covered units would consist of 48 residential lots rather than 46, although the overall number of residential lots within the Specific Plan Area would remain unchanged. The three open space lots and three office professional lots would remain unchanged from the current map.

The revision request also proposes mass grading of Units 7 through 10, which would grade a total volume of 376,811 cubic yards. The grading volume would be balanced on-site, and the maximum height of cut would be 31 feet while the maximum height of fill would be 33 feet.

In addition to reducing the impact to riparian habitat by replacing the culvert crossing with an elevated bridge structure, the realignment would also protect the Grand Tradition from having the roadway adjacent to its southern border and would improve traffic circulation and safety through the straighter alignment and the traffic calming roundabouts. In April 2004 the Fallbrook Community Planning Group voted 13-2 to support the reduction of the design speed and the roundabout design.

 

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