The owners of the Roripaugh Ranch land in Temecula’s northeast corner are proposing changes to the land use mix for the property, a slate of specific plan amendments that would add senior housing and multi-family units to the development matrix.
The changes, which include enhancements to a planned sports park and a second private recreation center, were approved by the Planning Commission last week but the City Council, which will be led by first-time mayor Matt Rahn next year, will have the final say.
Adding senior housing to the matrix should be warmly embraced by Councilman James “Stew” Stewart, who has been lobbying for more senior units since he was elected last year.
Plans for the acreage, which were approved before the recession of 2008, used to include elementary and middle school sites but the amended blueprint would allow the builders to construct multi-family units on those sites if the Temecula Valley Unified School District declines to build the schools.
In that no school scenario, a builder could erect multi-family complexes on both sites with a maximum density of 20-units per acre.
The total number of dwelling units for the entire Roripaugh Ranch acreage, however, can not exceed the previously approved total of 2,015 units.
“The approved Roripaugh Ranch Specific Plan allows the development of 2,015 residential units on 804.7 acres, including 1,056 low- and low-medium density single-family units, and 959 medium-density single-family units,” said Luke Watson, the city’s director of community development, in an email.
He noted the 2,015 number includes the panhandle acreage, land west of Murrieta Hot Springs that is largely built out. The total for the undeveloped pan section is 1,500.
Enhancements to the sports park, which sounds like it will give northeastern residents something similar to Birdsall Park, include two lighted soccer fields with a ramp to a concession area, two baseball fields with fences set at 325 feet and 310 feet, concrete bleachers for the baseball fields, expanded picnic areas, a large open lawn area, four public restrooms, a paved parking lot with 221 spaces and a nature exploration area.
There also are some proposed changes to the trail system, which would turn Long Valley Wash Trail into an amenity for the public, not just Roripaugh Ranch residents.
“This trail will now connect to the perimeter multi-use trail along the south and east perimeter of the project site,” according to the staff report for the commission.
On the wash, the old plans called for it to be a concrete-lined flood control channel but the amended blueprint calls for it to be vegetated with intermittent stabilization structures, which should improve visual appeal and reduce maintenance costs.