28 October 2008

Canyon Hills Proposed Development Property Sold!

According to Chino Hills council member Ed Graham, in his regular column in the recent issue of the community newsletter The Butterfield Stageline, there is a new owner for a 137-acre parcel in the Canyon planned for development. Developer D. B. Horton had already received approval from the city for a 76-home project called Canyon Hills on the site, north of Carbon Canyon Road and west of Canyon Hills Drive. Mr. Graham, however, stated that the property had been sold by Horton to an unnamed buyer and that the deal and a photo of the land appeared in an article in the Wall Street Journal. So, for those of you who might be a little concerned about the fact that there are now FOUR, count 'em, FOUR housing developments in process or in the pipeline, totaling over 350 potential houses and some 3,500 additional car trips on an over capacity Carbon Canyon Road, within the Canyon--keep your eyes and ears peeled for more developments (ouch) on this project. Naturally, the abject state of the economy will keep progress on any of these tamped down for the time being, but once that tract map is approved, the proposed project can basically be developed at any time in the future. Pine Valley Estates is sitting dormant right now, Canyon Hills is approved and Canyon Crest and Stoneridge are being considered. The Canyon will not be anywhere near as livable as it is now if more development is approved. So, stay aware and vigilant, folks! Developers have the law, loopholes, lots of dollars, and political influence going for them. Defenders of the canyon have to rely on community support, publicity, and, perhaps, assistance from environmental groups and empathetic legal counsel, but community support must come first!

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