AV. Town Council Approves Mansion, Quail Ridge Projects
By RACHEL BYRD Staff Writer
APPLE VALLEY — There was standing-room-only at the Apple Valley Town Council meeting Tuesday night.
Town Council members and residents were split on the proposed Deep Creek senior living project. About 50 people voiced their opinions on the Mansion project, half of whom were strongly opposed.
The council granted preliminary approval for the project with a vote of 3 to 2. The council will hear the second reading at the Nov. 13 meeting and will likely approve the project in the consent agenda, said Ken Henderson, the director of economic and community development.
Councilman Peter Allan was the swing voter and had a difficult time making his decision, joking at one point that he wanted to “poll the audience.” “I want to do the right thing here,” Allan said. “I don’t know how to do the right thing.” The problem I have with the anti-Mansion people is that they are anti-growth,” he said Allan ended up voting for the project, along with Councilman Scott Nassif and Mayor Pro Tem Timothy Jasper. Mayor Rick Roelle said the problems with the project boiled down to property rights. “This is a high-density project in a rural area,” Roelle said. “I think it would be a travesty for us to change the zoning of this land at this time.” Councilman Bob Sagona sided with the many Deep Creek residents who want to preserve their rural lifestyle.
“This invades the integrity of a traditional, long-term area of agricultural real estate,” Sagona said.
The recommendation from the Planning Commission was to deny the project because it is inconsistent with general plan policies.
The 40-acre site at the southwest corner of Deep Creek and Del Oro roads will have 240 independent-residential units, 56 villas, 37 assisted-living units and 16 skilled-nursing beds, as well as a two-story main building, more than 500 parking spaces and surrounding gardens.
The council unanimously approved the Fountains at Quail Ridge outdoor mall project, planned for the 346,460-square-foot site at Apple Valley and Yucca Loma roads. That plan was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission earlier this month, and a second reading will be heard at the Nov. 13 council meeting.
The project will have shopping areas and office space linked with landscaped walkways, and possible tenants include Old Navy, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market and Chili’s Bar & Grill.
Rachel Byrd can be reached at 951-6232, or by e-mail at rbyrd@ vvdailypress.com.