The Apple Valley Town Council will conduct a public hearing Tuesday as it considers the approval of general plan amendments to construct homes at multiple sites.
If approved, the amendments would allow single-family residences to be built on properties previously set aside for multi-family or mixed-use developments.
The first area for a zoning transition, from office professional to multi-family residential, would affect nine parcels north of Quantico Road and along both sides of Apple Valley Road just south of Highway 18.
The second area, which includes four parcels located on the westside of Itoya Vista Street between Sequoia Road and Laurel Lane, would change from mixed-use to residential estate. Three of the four parcels already contain single-family residences and the new owner of one of the properties would like to construct a single-family dwelling consistent with the adjacent properties to the north and west.
The third location, five parcels located on the south side of Outer Highway 18 and east of Tenaya Road, would change from multi-family residential to single-family residential.
Sewer is located 1,800 to 2,400 feet to the west on Central Road and Highway 18, making multi-family development on these properties infeasible due to the distance.
Among the estimated 20,000 single-family homes in Apple Valley, 7,726 are connected to the town’s sewer system with the remaining homes on a septic systems, Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop told the Daily Press.
The fourth area, on the northeast corner of Mohawk and Laguna Roads, would change from multi-family residential to single-family residential.
Even though the property is currently zoned multi-family residential, a multi-family development is not possible unless a sewer extension is made from 3,200 feet to the east or 4,000 feet to the west.
The property owner requested that the property be rezoned to construct a single-family residence. The zoning would be consistent with properties to the south.
The council will conduct its third public hearing regarding redistricting maps, which will include a staff report update regarding the redistricting process and a review of draft maps prepared by the town’s redistricting consultant.
At the Jan. 11 council meeting, the town’s attorney gave an update on the redistricting process. During that time, council members asked the attorney to provide them with an opportunity to consider a transition to a “4+1” system with an at-large mayor.
On Jan. 24, the town entered into a contract with National Demographics Corporation to perform redistricting services, including the drawing of maps.
A fourth public hearing on March 22 will include the selection of the final voting map and its formal adoption on April 12.
The town is presently divided into five districts, which were based on several factors, including geography, the use of major roadways as dividing lines, and the consideration of future growth areas.
In Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville, voters elect council members in their respective districts, and the councils later vote to appoint one of its own to mayor and mayor pro tem.
The Town Council on Feb. 22 voted to move to a four-district voting map with an at-large mayoral election scheduled every two years.
The 3-2 vote came after Mayor Kari Leon and Councilmen Scott Nassif and Larry Cusack voiced their support for the mayoral election, a first since the town incorporated in 1988.
Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop said he ultimately voted no after hearing the phrase “If it’s not broke, why fix it?” from a number of town residents, who voiced their opinion about adding the mayoral election.
Councilman Curt Emick said he was not sure the mayoral election was the best scenario, and that many residents didn’t know the voting district boundaries, the district they resided in or their representative district.
Leon, Nassif and Cusack said their votes came after residents told them that a mayoral election would allow the public to have a voice for the entire community, which does not occur in by-district voting.
In the High Desert, the cities of Adelanto and Barstow have at-large mayoral elections every four years.
Elected officials over the years have told the Daily Press that appointing a mayor from within the council allows them to learn meeting protocols, hone skills at the dais and gain support from their fellow council members before being appointed mayor.
New district maps and the mayoral election in Apple Valley will be included in the November general election.
To comment on or to learn more about the proposed new district maps and process, and to identify your potential voting district, visit av.town/redistricting.
The council will conduct a second reading as they consider an amendment relating to the town’s requirement to recycle construction and demolition debris that comes from certain projects within town limits.
The amendment is related to the town’s solid waste, recyclables and organic waste municipal code. Senate Bill 1383 regulations that took effect Jan. 1 require that the town adopt an ordinance to enforce the bill’s regulations.
The amendment aligns with the town’s municipal code with CalRecycle’s published model ordinance and preserves the majority of the underlying, pre-existing solid waste code sections that are specific and unique to the town.
School zone upgrades
The council will consider awarding a contract to Superior Pavement Markings for the town-wide school zone traffic control update project.
After identifying roadway improvements, the town will upgrade 17 school zones within Apple Valley Unified School District, at San Bernardino County school campuses, the Academy for Academic Excellence and Apple Valley Christian Academy.
The upgrades will include signing and striping in each school zone to ensure compliance with the updated Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
Deployment of the recommended updates has already been completed at Rio Vista School of Applied Learning and Apple Valley High School by the town’s Public Works Department.
Work on the remaining schools will commence on or about March 28 and be completed by May 6.
The council will consider updating its final draft of the historical points of interest brochure to include people and events such as the filming of Beyonce’s song “Spirit” for the “Lion King” at Horsemen’s Center, 2021 American Idol winner Chayce Beckham and Olympic bronze medal cyclist Megan Jastrab.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled at 6:30 pm inside council chambers at Apple Valley Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway. The full agenda and meeting can also be viewed online at AppleValley.org.
Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz can be reached at 760-951-6227 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz.