Victorville Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron left. Council Member Angela Valles right.

Posted Aug. 7, 2014 @ 5:07 pm
Updated Aug 7, 2014 at 7:03 PM

VICTORVILLE — Councilwoman Angela Valles, the most vocal proponent of increasing new single-family residential lot sizes to quell concerns linked to the city’s high-density makeup, agreed this week to be part of a joint focus group tasked with tackling the issue.

Valles and Mayor Pro Tem Ryan McEachron will join two planning commissioners on the group, which City Manager Doug Robertson said was less formal than a voting committee.

“The point is to try to find consensus among any interested parties,” Robertson said Tuesday.

Since it was introduced in late February, the lot-size plan has often drawn criticism from members of the development and real estate communities, who have argued the proposal would cripple economic activity and do nothing to stunt crime or improve property values — as senior city staff have outlined it should.

But besides calling for increasing lot sizes from 7,200 to 10,000 square feet in new single-family residential districts, the proposal would also create design and development guidelines and standards in such tracts.

“People keep forgetting that lot sizes is just a small portion of this,” Mayor Jim Cox said Tuesday.

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