Diversified Pacific

By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/06/14, 2:06 AM PDT |

REDLANDS>> The city is pursuing an agreement with a developer that could be beneficial for both parties.

Rancho Cucamonga-based Diversified Pacific Development Group has proposed dedicating 8.12 acres of its property at Judson Street and East Pioneer Avenue to the city in lieu of paying $363,042 in park and open space development impact fees.

The property, part of the Judson Ranch residential community, is to be used to plant citrus groves, which will be owned by the city but maintained through homeowners association fees.

“It’s a win-win,” said Jeff Burum, co-founder of Diversified Pacific.

The City Council on Tuesday directed city staff to obtain an appraisal of the property proposed for dedication and obtain recommendations for the city’s Citrus and Planning commissions.

“I’d like to see more opportunities like this come forward,” said Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster. “They would basically become self sustainable in a way for us and we can preserve more of our citrus heritage, so I certainly support going in this direction as well.”

Future revenues generated by the groves would go into the city’s Groves Fund, according to city officials.

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