Riverside County planners punt on 8,500-home proposed town….

June 28, 2019 in | Comments (0)

Riverside County planners punt on 8,500-home proposed town south of Joshua Tree National Park

The Riverside County Planning Commission last week delayed action on Paradise Valley, a proposed community that would allow up to 8,490 homes to be built on a property south of Joshua Tree National Park, on the outskirts of the eastern Coachella Valley.

The proposal from developer GLC Enterprises LLC has faced years of pushback from environmental advocates, as well as state and federal wildlife agencies, who have warned that Paradise Valley would disturb the environmentally-sensitive desert dry wash habitat and disrupt areas populated by the desert tortoise and other wildlife.

If approved, the Paradise Valley project would be a landmark test of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, a long-debated agreement that local cities started to prepare in the mid-1990s. The plan aims to conserve 240,000 acres of open space in the Coachella Valley and protect wildlife while facilitating the construction of new infrastructure outside of conservation areas. Limited real estate development can take place within conservation areas, however, including the 5,000-acre property owned by GLC, but is subject to additional review.

(Desert Sun)


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