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Vermulean Ranch project

Why is the city council spending $300,000. on a study for the Vermulean Ranch project?  Has the rezoning already been approved by the city council? Don't the residents in the surounding area have anything to say about a quality of life rezoning in there neighborhood? So much for open spaces. The city council seems to be hell bent on cramind something on every open parcel of land in San Jaun. There motivation can only be surmized. Stop lessing our quality of life with more congestion and traffic.
Donna Fleming December 19, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Where is the Vermulean Ranch project? Is it being developed on privately owned land? Was the expenditure to study this project approved in an open CC meeting or, behind closed doors? What is the current zoning? Our CC sure has their hand in lots of land deals.
Jonathan Volzke December 20, 2013 at 05:44 PM
The city isn't spending the money. The city hires the environmental consultant to study the impacts and bills the developer for the cost. As for why they want to develop there, the city doesn't. The land is owned by individuals who have rights to build. You don't agree with property owners rights?
Angus Kevin Mckay December 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM
How do you know where the city does and does not want to develop Jon? So you're saying the city never pays a dime for this work? Why not just bill the developer in the first place?
Donna Fleming December 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM
As usual my first question did not get answered? Where is the Vermulean Ranch project? Is it privately owned? What is the current zoning? Joseph G. posted this letter to ask why we are not concerned. I simply asked for more information, before I decide if I should be concerned. So....if I own land and I want to build a hotel I can ask the city to hire an environmental consultant to study the impact and bill the tax payer? If the impact report is adverse to my purposes and I decided not to go foreward with my new hotel, then the developer loses the job and who pays for the study?
Don_SJC December 21, 2013 at 04:34 PM
http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/senior-housing-proposed-at-site-of-armstrong-growers
joseph gambale December 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM
To answer mr volzke on the Vermulean Ranch developement, I do believe in property owners rights. My question is do the surrounding residents have a say in a major rezoning in there community?
Donna Fleming December 26, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Our only recourse is to complain at city council meetings. Another senior development on the Armstrong Property is just....depressing. These facilites are really big money makers for the owners with all the baby boomers into their retirement years.
rachel o December 26, 2013 at 04:49 PM
While the property owners have rights, so do the residents in the surrounding area. To develop this property requires a zoning change in the Master Plan of the City. One could successfully argue that they purchased their property based on the Master Plan and the zoning of the community. It is true that a property owner has rights to develop their property as the zoning allows for that property as it is zoned presently. It does not a given right that a property is entitled to be rezoned. If that was the case, then why have zones at all ? If you thin Alipaz is bad now, you had better start fighting against this project now. It is interesting to note, that almost each project claims that when this project is finished, traffic will be better. If that was the case, we should be able to drive down Del Obispo at 60 mph without a care in the world. But, we can't can we?
Donna Fleming December 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Del Obispo, 3pm - 6pm is a no fly zone. Do not go there.

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