Notes from the Planning Commission – Fullerton Observer


High-density housing proposed for Orangethorpe and Lemon put on hold

Below are recent and upcoming residential developments discussed by the Fullerton Planning Commission:

Fullerton Street Lights: 329 units on 4.77 acres (74 housing units per acre). Developers of the proposed Fullerton Street Lights project have withdrawn their application for a 329-unit five- to six-story development with 6,500 square feet of retail space on 4.77 acres of land, north of the car wash. at the northwest corner of Lemon and Orangethorpe. They are one of the first commercial developers in Fullerton to offer to build five percent (17 units) of their complex at “very low income” affordable housing level, which allows them a concession to build the project primarily at the rate. from the market at a higher price. density and benefit from reductions in parking requirements. Vice President Doug Cox called for the project to be brought back without being tied to a general plan review that would allow all future Fullerton projects that call for “Urban Center Mixed Use” as a type of land use to be able to build already. “consistency” with the C-3 zoning (Central Business District Commercial). The developer agreed to come back with a new request and the Commission approved what should be a short delay with a 3-0 vote.

Artist rendering of Street Lights Fullerton proposed the development.

Everyone agreed that this was an excellent location for density and for affordable housing. This guest writer asked if the developer could accommodate even more affordable units, above the “Very Low” five percent they had offered. Exaggerating a bit, Vice President Cox mentioned that if housing projects contributed only five percent of their affordable units, it would take 260,000 new housing units in Fullerton to reach 13,000 units and above. necessary to meet regional housing needs assessment requirements. (Fullerton currently has about 48,000 housing units in total.)

Hub Fullerton: 420 units on 3.55 acres (118 housing units per acre): At its September 29 meeting, the Planning Commission passed the Hub Fullerton project with a recommendation for approval to city council. The student-focused project includes 420 units and 12,438 square feet of commercial space on a 3.55-acre site. It is rented by the bed, with 1,251 residents expected. No units are currently expected to formally contribute to affordable housing needs, but the project calls for additional density and significant reductions in parking. They only offer 376 parking spaces, almost 600 less than Fullerton normally needs. The developer is basing this demand on the standards of its other student-focused projects across the country and its “unbundled” parking methodology in which tenants, rather than automatically being entitled to a parking spot, can choose to. rent a parking space with their residence.

Pins at Sunrise Village: 164 units on 12.52 acres (13.1 dwelling units per acre). At the meeting on October 27 at 6.30 p.m., the planning committee will hear about the proposed Pines at Sunrise Village project at the southwest corner of Euclid and Rosecrans, extending south to Paseo Dorado and west to Camino Loma. The Del Taco, the Coffee Code cafe and the bank building on Euclid will remain, but the tennis courts, the Red Cross and all other associated buildings and businesses will be demolished to build 115 townhouses and 49 single-family homes. The developer, Shopoff Realty Investments, maintains that housing costs are “attainable,” but no formal affordable housing is offered. Local group Friends for A Livable Fullerton is encouraging the developer to include an affordable units component in the project and to work with the City and Orange County Flood Control District to restore the small section of the creek to the southeast corner of the property. to a natural riparian habitat. The current creek is devoid of any vegetation, but the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetland Inventory recognizes it as 0.21 acre riparian habitat, and aerial photos from 1928 show the creek in its most natural state. The creek drains the Robert E. Ward Nature Reserve and the Laguna Lake area and is the main tributary of Bastanchury Creek.

To find out more about these development projects, the first two of which will soon be presented to City Council, search for “development activity” on the Town’s website (below) and click on the first link retrieved.

In other Planning Commission news, the Commission Chris Thompson resigned and Mayor Pro-Tem Nick Dunlap appointed Peter Gambino as the new commissioner.

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