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Planning Commission Will Hold Public Hearing to Consider Norco Valley Square on May 12, 2021

May 4, 2021

On May 12, 2021, the Norco Planning Commission will consider the application for the proposed development known as Norco Valley Square, envisioned for a 19-acre site at the southwest corner of Hamner Avenue and Third Street. The mixed-used project consists of commercial activity and multifamily housing, possibly a hotel.

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Ontario-based Frontier Communities has proposed a mixed-used development at the southwest corner of Hamner Avenue and Third Street, and will be presenting two alternative development concepts to the Planning Commission on May 12, 2021. The first development concept consists of an approximately 120-room hotel, a food garden and intermittent outdoor entertainment and recreation amenities, featuring a diverse collection of chef-driven eateries and microbreweries, and approximately 320 market-rate apartments. In the alternative development concept, the hotel is replaced by approximately 75 units for a total of 395 units,of which 10% will be foraffordable housing. The design, particularly of the commercial area and potential hotel, are consistent with Horsetown USA’s signature Western-style architecture.

Frontier conducted a comprehensive Environmental Impact Review (EIR), which included a 45-day public comment period and responded to comments from neighboring property owners, residents and City staff. The final report—which encompasses issues such as Biological Resources, Cultural and Tribal Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, and Transportation (including traffic impacts)—will be used by the City of Norco Planning Commission in its consideration of the project.

The specific actions the Planning Commission will consider on May 12 include: 1) Conditional Use Permit for the food gardenand intermittent outdoor entertainment and recreation amenities; 2) Conditional Use Permit for a 120-room hotel; 3) Variance allowing the hotel’s height up to 60 feet; 4) Site Plan approval for 320 units; 5) Tentative Parcel Map approval; and 6) certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Should the Planning Commission favor the development alternative without the hotel, it could also take action on: 1) Conditional Use Permit for the food garden and intermittent outdoor entertainment and recreation amenities; 2) Site Plan approval for 395 units; 3) Tentative Parcel Map approval; and 4) certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

No rezoning is required for the proposed project and the Housing Development Overlay (HDO) zone that exists on this site was anticipated to accommodate multifamily units identified by the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Some of the RHNA numbers assigned to Norco are stipulated as affordable housing units, which makes the development concept that includes such units consistent with the designated land use.

The Planning Commission Meeting on May 12, 2021 is open to the public with modifications, including limited seating, and is subject to COVID-19 restrictions. The public is also invited to view the livestream of the meeting at www.vimeo.com/cityofnorco. The public may submit comments regarding items on this agenda or any matter within the jurisdiction of the Planning Commission electronically to planningcommission@ci.norco.ca.us.

For more information, contact the Planning Department at (951) 270-5661 or planning@ci.norco.ca.us.