Final Chance! Riverside Planning Commission Hearing for San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s Future – October 18th

SoCalHunt attended the last Riverside Planning Commission hearing regarding the 11,350 housing unit Lewis Homes project proposed along the southern border of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area.  During this hearing, the Commission took public testimony regarding the project.  Scott Sewell, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Supervisor gave a great presentation regarding unanswered questions about the project and its potential effects on SJ, the wildlife there and the hunting program.  A lot of people gave comments to the Commissioners, a few in favor of the project, but most expressing opposition due to the adverse effects on the SJ wildlife and the hunting program and the detrimental effects on the rural lifestyle of the surrounding communities of Nuevo and Lakeview.  The few people that spoke in favor of the project seemed to have some type of monetary interest.  An out of state dairy owner (land value would go up), a group from a landscape company (8,000+ more potential customers), a real estate guy (6% per house sold adds up to?), school administrators (more schools and students so more $$$).  Also, the “applicant” (Lewis Homes) spewed a bunch of Bovine Scat and boasted about turning dairies into Starbucks and Walmarts (or something like that – like that’s a good thing?).

No decision was made at this hearing and the Commissioners continued the hearing until October 18th where it is almost certain the Commission will be making a decision on the project and the fate of the San Jacinto Wildlife Area’s (and the hunting program’s) future.  I thought last time was our one more chance to try to make a difference and prevent this from happening but now we have one more final chance.  Once again, PLEASE tell everyone you know this is very important!  We again need to show up IN NUMBERS for the next hearing.  The hearing is October 18th at 9 AM at 4080 Lemon Street, 1st Floor, Riverside, CA 92502.

Google maps link to 4080 Lemon Street, Riverside, the location of the hearing.,+Riverside,+CA+92501/@33.9777754,-117.3755947,17.08z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dcb1e5ff7ca79f:0x566b43c951322556!8m2!3d33.9778578!4d-117.3733832?hl=en

So, if there’s any way you can make it to the Riverside Planning Commission meeting on October 18th, BE THERE!  As I’ve already said before the future of San Jacinto Wildlife Area may very well be in the balance.

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