29-house project near Redlands school is moving forward – San Bernardino Sun

A 29-house development on 10.4 acres in eastern Redlands that had been the target of a lawsuit is moving forward again.

The Planning Commission on Tuesday, March 22 approved a site plan for the project in a former orange grove south of East Highland Avenue and west of Moore Middle School. The move was approved 5-0 with commissioners Steven Frasher and Matt Endsley absent.

A lawsuit was filed after the City Council first approved the project in September 2019 by neighbors concerned over the project’s impacts on air quality, biological and cultural resources, traffic and more.

Both sides worked on a settlement, and after a few months all parties agreed to dismiss the case.

Project planner Catherine Lin told commissioners Tuesday a new state law aimed at increasing housing went into effect. In January 2020, SB330 started prohibiting, among other things, jurisdictions from denying housing projects based on subjective design standards such as architectural design guidelines and “compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods.”

Commissioner’s review this week was limited to making sure the project meets the city’s development standards and the conditions of approval laid out in 2019, she said.

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