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Appeal of CarMax Development to be Heard by City Council

On Wednesday, January 16, the City Council will discuss the proposed CarMax development off of the I-15 Freeway at Second Street and Valley View Avenue. Residents are encouraged to email their input to the City Council at citycouncil@ci.norco.ca.us

The project proposal is for the construction of a CarMax Auto Superstore on the southwest corner of Second Street and Valley View Avenue. As proposed, staff believes that this is the best and highest value use of the property. This project will have significant positive economic impact to the City’s economy by generating significant new tax revenues; creating employment and strengthening the City’s existing Auto Mall. CarMax is a national used car dealer company with nearly 200 dealerships across the country. It is in the list of Fortune’s five hundred largest companies by revenue. CarMax is committed to supporting the communities where they operate through donations to nonprofits and grants to worthy causes.

In reviewing this project, the City needs to determine the highest and best use of this property in order to preserve the City’s land use goals of maintaining large lot animal keeping lifestyle while attracting desirable economic development that is compatible with the community. It is important to note that there has been no interest to develop the property under the existing zoning and what interest has been expressed has been for a more intense commercial development or multi-family housing.

The project is consistent with the amendment to the Auto Mall Specific Plan to add a Planning Area E if adopted and would be consistent with the proposed General Plan Amendment and Zone Change. The project includes site design elements to minimize impacts to the adjoining neighborhood and it has been analyzed for consistency with the Auto Mall Specific Plan. The project can be approved as designed and conditioned if that is the direction of the City Council.

To view the full agenda packet, staff report and exhibits, click here.