sues city over apartment approval
ByDavid Downey, Feb. 25, 2014
group representing hundreds of homes next to a golf course
has sued Murrieta and a developer in a bid to toss out a recent
approval of 112-unit apartment complex.
Community Values Organization, a grassroots group that formed
in May 2013, filed suit in Riverside County Superior Court
on Thursday, Feb. 20, naming the city and Golden Eagle Multi
Family Properties LLC of Irvine as defendants.
suit alleges the city did not adequately consider environmental
traffic in The Preserve community where I live is absolutely
out of control, said group founder Josh Bergere in a
Preserve flanks the Golf Club of Rancho California. Residents
say they are overwhelmed with cut-through traffic looking
to avoid busy Winchester Road.
city study found more than 5,000 cars daily travel a prominent
neighborhood street, Clearbrook Drive, and that the apartments
would increase traffic 3 percent 149 trips.
through Escondido attorney Everett DeLano, the suit asks a
judge to void approval until the city properly evaluates impacts.
said he wants the project killed.
Jan. 21, the City Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Harry
Ramos dissenting, to approve plans and a zone change for the
7.5-acre project at Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Via Princessa.
That followed planning hearings attended by dozens of residents.
Attorney Leslie Devaney said she had not seen the lawsuit
and declined to address it. However, Devaney said the city
properly evaluated impacts and gave neighbors plenty of opportunity
to be heard.
Eagles attorney, Bob Tyler of Murrieta, termed the lawsuit
is a developer who frankly acted with great respect for the
neighboring homeowners and has significantly revised their
plans ... all for the benefit of the neighborhood, Tyler
Eagle shifted the apartment entrance from Clearbrook to Murrieta
Hot Springs in a move to divert traffic from the neighborhood,
city officials said.
said Golden Eagle recently made an offer to the group concerning
traffic controls that was beyond generous. He
said it was rejected. Bergere termed the offer significantly
inadequate. He said the group made a counteroffer and
didnt hear back.
Bergere nor Tyler would disclose details of the offers.
made every attempt to settle this with Golden Eagle before
taking these further steps, Bergere said.
David Downey at 951-368-9699 or firstname.lastname@example.org