Developer gets more time

Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2010 07:35:12 PM PDT

RIALTO – It took about 60 seconds Wednesday night for the Planning Commission to anger more than 150 residents already upset over plans for a controversial development on the north end.

A public hearing on the Lytle Creek Ranch development was continued to June 2 at the request of Ron Pharris, chairman of the Lytle Development Co., who told the commission in a letter that the company needs more time to prepare the project’s final environmental impact report.

“We’re disappointed that the city of Rialto would pull this,” said Jeanette Daab, a resident on the north side who opposes the development. “But we’re not surprised. It seems this builder can call the shots. Whatever he wants, he gets.”

Mike Story, the city’s director of development services, said the developer needs more time to respond to public comments on the draft version of the environmental impact report, and the responses would be part of the final version.

Story said it was an inconvenience for the residents, but it didn’t make sense to let them speak out Wednesday night only to have them come back again next week.

“It just wouldn’t be appropriate,” Story said.

The development is a master-planned community on more than 2,400 acres north of the 210 Freeway that would see more than 8,400 residential units and possibly bring more than 25,000 new residents to the city.

Some residents in the Las Colinas neighborhood and the unincorporated El Rancho Verde neighborhood believe the development will overcrowd the area and damage habitat in the Lytle Creek Wash.

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