At the Nov. 17 Yucaipa Planning Commission meeting, Yucaipa Assistant Planner Christian Farmer gave a brief description of the project submitted by RB Ruxton, LLC that will be a new 70-unit condominium development called Artisan. This property is located at 12373 17th Street. Farmer said, “The tentative tract map and Conditional Use Permit (CUP) were originally approved on Aug. 2, 2006 as a one-lot subdivision with a conditional use permit to permit 67 detached condominiums on 9 acres.” After 36 months the approval for the CUP expired with a new CUP being granted in 2017. The tentative tract map received a series of automatic extensions. The CUP expires on May 2, 2023 and the Tentative Tract Map has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2023. The proposed development is surrounded by single family and multi-family properties. The design provides four different floor plans ranging from 1,787 square foot to 2,468 square foot with a 400 square foot garage. Some plans are three bedrooms while others are four bedroom houses and some have an optional parlor and some have a loft. All three plans feature a two story building. The site will include a playground and play structure with swings, a turf area, picnic tables and a corn hole court. The landscaping will include some mature trees, some smaller trees and shrubs. The formal entry will be from 17th Street. Farmer went through each floor plan with the commissioners and said, “As a part of this approval, the applicant is seeking to do its entry signage at the same time. They have two wall-mounted entry signs that are approximately seven feet by two feet and are going to be lit from underneath.” Planning Commissioner Aron Wolfe had a question regarding the per lot size of 10,000 square foot minimum and asked if each house was sitting on that size of a lot. Farmer answered him by saying, “If they were actually going to subdivide this, that would be the minimum lot size but the city allows for anything designated multi-family with an 8.7 unit per gross acre unit requirement.” City Planner Ben Matlock clarified, “Residential Multi-family district allows for either single family subdivisions which would follow the 10,000 square foot minimum lot size or multi-family projects which the condominium falls under that so as long as they meet the minimum density requirements which is part of the original CUP entitlement then the individual per unit space for the condos can be smaller.” Wolfe asked about the makeup of the fencing around the exterior of the property and if this was a gated community. Farmer answered the exterior fencing would be a block wall along 17th Street and the interior fencing is a tan vinyl fence. George Alvarez the vice president of land development for Far West Industries said this project was not planning to have a gate or be a gated community to try to keep the development as affordable as possible. With a gate there are maintenance costs involved. Project Manager Brian Berkson said he has built developments in Yucaipa in the past and can remember when city hall was located in a trailer. Berkson said Far West Industries is a family owned business and has been building homes for over 40 years in Southern California. Wolfe said, “Thank you for a beautiful project. Anytime we can bring something into Dunlap, I think it’s exciting.” He asked if the project was bringing in sewer and was answered by Alvarez that it was and a bigger pipe on 17th Street was put in place as the prior one was under capacity. Wolfe asked about the parking and Alvarez answered there were parking stalls in the development and the streets are wide enough that cars could park on one of the sides with every house in the development having a two-car garage. Matlock clarified the parking issue by saying, “If I may clarify, as part of the original CUP approval, including the most recent one in 2017, the interior streets are the public utility easement streets and within it are designed to accommodate vehicle parking and have enough travel width for emergency response vehicles … The parking requirements do meet or exceed the requirements for a condominium project. Planning Commissioner Chris Markarian asked about turning into the project on 17th Street. He asked if this was going to be a right turn pocket lane or just within the lane of travel. Alvarez answered the street was narrow so it would be like a normal neighborhood street. The item was approved 6-0 with Planning Commissioner Tony Hicks absent.

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