On Sept. 14, the Yucaipa City Council approved the special event permit application submitted by the Pumpkin Factory to operate the Live Oak Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm, located at 32335 Live Oak Canyon Road. The open date is set for Sept. 24 and will run through Dec. 24. This is contingent upon the applicant working with city staff to complete all details previously stated in the report provided to the council. Council approved the application.
In January of 2020, the city began working with the applicant to complete a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the operation of the expanded event. However, due to the unforeseen circumstances of COVID-19 placed on the state, city and businesses, there was not enough time for the applicant to complete the CUP process in time for the 2020 season. Instead, staff allowed the applicant to submit a Special Event Permit (SEP) in order to hold the event this year.
The SEP will allow the city to review its site layout, traffic control/circulation layout and monitor its activities during the event to reduce impacts to the public and overall community.
Director of Community Services Megan Wolfe said, “After staff review of the special event permit application, some requirements needed to be made prior to the approval of the permit. In Development Services, engineering is working with the applicant for a final temporary traffic control plan. Building and Safety has completed its site inspection and the applicant is working with the inspectors to finalize any last minute details.”
The event was established over 30 years ago, prior to the incorporation of the city of Yucaipa. Yucaipa City Council has approved a SEP for the Live Oak Pumpkin Patch and Christmas Tree Farm each year since 2017.
Council discussed the traffic impacts at the event entrance, along Live Oak Canyon Road and on the I-10 ramps. Staff required and the applicant is currently completing the widening of Live Oak Canyon Road along a portion of its frontage to allow for a turn lane into the site to reduce traffic impacts on Live Oak Canyon Road during the event.
Director of Development Services/City Engineer Fermin Preciado said, “The applicant is requesting to allow parking on Outer Highway 10-South and one of the comments to the proposed traffic control plan is that parking be restricted on Outer Highway 10-South due to several reasons and consistent with the requirement from last year.”
Councilmember Denise Allen said, “That’s good because it could be a big turnout this year just because there are not a lot of choices for people right now to get out and do stuff so it might be as big or maybe bigger. We want to make sure we have that traffic issue under control.”
Councilmenber Greg Bogh replied that the applicant has already made quite extensive improvements on his own property. Preciado confirmed this was true.
Bogh said he would like to reevaluate it this year since the roads are more open and those previous problems have solved themselves with the opening of the other streets and roadways.
Parking will not be allowed on Outer Highway 10-South, over 900 parking spaces are provided onsite and an additional 300 parking spaces further down Live Oak Canyon Road on the same side of the street. A food permit has not been issued at this date but if one is permitted Allen was concerned with the recent fires that wood used to prepare the food is contained. She was assured that wood for the smoker would be in a contained barrel if a food permit could be obtained for this event.
Visit the pumpkin patch website at https://liveoakcanyon.com/join-us/ for updates and operating rules.