Hesperia, CA (PRESS RELEASE) — John Ohanian of The Terra Verde Group, developer of the Tapestry master-planned community, announced the settlement of all outstanding lawsuits against the project at the regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council meeting on June 6th, 2017.
The closing of the two legal actions, filed following the approval of Tapestry (Project) by the city council in early 2016, clears the way for initiation of work on the new community and the relief of much of the High Desert’s housing shortage.
“In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure improvements that will come with the Tapestry development,” stated Ohanian, “the project will help create jobs and a vibrant addition to Hesperia when we begin construction of homes, parks, schools and retail centers beginning in 2019.”
On February 26, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and The Sierra Club commenced legal action against the project applicant. The legal action has now been settled through negotiations between the parties.
Key provisions of the settlement agreement include:
- Reduced Maximum Number of Residential Units. Tapestry will be limited to 15,663 residential units, which is reduced from the up to 16,196 dwellings approved in the adopted Specific Plan. The previously-proposed Grass Valley Village (Phase 10) located near Summit Valley will also be eliminated, with all of its property dedicated to protected open space.
- Preservation of Additional Arroyo Toad Habitat. Approximately 1,070.6 acres of Arroyo Toad habitat within Planning Areas 6, 8, and 10 of the Tapestry Specific Plan will be preserved as open space.
- Conservation of Open Space Habitat. The Center for Biological Diversity will be given an exclusive option to purchase all property within the previously proposed Grass Valley Village (Phase 10) and additional open space areas. If the property is not purchased, the developer will create an easement district for the benefit of the endangered toads and other wildlife
- Solar/Renewable Energy. A series of new renewable energy standards will be placed upon residential and commercial builders in the development, including:
- All residential builders would be required to generate an average of two watts of electricity per square foot of living space on the first floor of each detached single-family home in the Project through rooftop solar installations.
- All residential builders would be required to generate an average of two watts of electricity per square foot of roof area not allocated for equipment or other building requirements such as vents, drains, etc. through rooftop solar installations for each condominium or apartment building in the Project.
- All commercial and public buildings constructed on site would also be required to include rooftop solar installations that would generate an average of two watts of electricity per square foot of roof area not allocated for equipment or other building requirements such as vents, drains, etc.
- The solar requirements would be met separately for each phase of development and not averaged over the entire Project.
“The City’s Ad Hoc committee was instrumental in getting the settlement framed,” said Ohanian. “We’re very grateful of the help of Mayor Paul Russ and Councilman Bill Holland, as well as City staff, and we look forward to continuing the partnership we have with the Hesperia community for years to come.”