Applicants of subdivision maps can apply for more extensions after the Calimesa City Council amended its municipal code at its recent meeting.

“The purpose of the ordinance is to extend the maximum amount of time that a subdivision map can apply for,” said Kelly Lucia, planning manager for Calimesa, who presented the item at the June 17 meeting.

“Currently, Calimesa municipal code approves subdivision maps for an original approval time period of 24 months and the applicant is able to apply for three discretionary one-year extensions of time,” she said. “This ordinance will extend those discretionary extensions to a total of six. They will still be in the 12-month increments. It will allow greater flexibility for staff, applicants and developers to process subdivision maps.”

The reason for having expiration dates on tentative maps is to allow cities to change their zoning and development standards and not have a tentative map filed years ago remain in place and be out of date to those development standards, according to the city council agenda.

“This change is in compliance with state law,” Lucia said in closing the presentation.

Mayor Pro Tem Linda Molina asked Lucia to clarify if the ordinance was retroactive or not.

“This is not retroactive, correct?” Molina said.

Lucia replied Molina was correct in her understanding of the ordinance.

Besides the applicant seeking extensions, there are couple of other ways that subdivision maps can be prolonged. City Attorney Kevin Ennis noted the development agreement could extend the life of a map to the term of the agreement or the Legislature, as it did during the down economy.

There was no other discussion on the item and it was approved unanimously with Mayor Bill Davis, Councilmen Jeff Cervantez, Ed Clark and Larry Smith and Molina all voting in favor of amending the municipal code to allow an applicant to apply for up to six, 12-month extensions on subdivision maps, should they choose to do so.

Also at the June 17 meeting, the council approved a 3 percent raise or a $7,526.42 biweekly salary for City Manager Bonnie Johnson.

Johnson recused herself from the room while council discussed the increase. Before voting, Councilman Smith praised Johnson’s work and was disappointed he couldn’t tell her in person.

“She has done a stellar job, working in a very difficult environment,” Smith said, referring to the economic downturn. “The council previous to us, the council has done a great job being fiscally responsible and she brought us to the point where we are today … My position would be this is the least we can do for her efforts.”

The other councilmembers agreed and Johnson’s raise was unanimously approved.

The Calimesa City Council will not meet until Monday, July 15, due to the holiday.

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