Riverside Housing Element Update Project Notice

Riverside MapThe City of Riverside is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Housing Element Update Project.

Increased density changes are proposed along Magnolia Ave (14 sites), University Ave (6 sites), areas not in a specific plan (8 sites) and (41 sites) are proposed for R-3-1500 to R-4 multi family. In total, 395 acres and 303 parcels are in play.

Public comments close May 11th. A scoping session is slated for Monday May 8th in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Room 7th Floor.

Here’s a link to the relevant changes and maps:

notice of preparation of a draft environmental impact report

April 2017 Meeting Agenda

Meet Your Neighbors Here Yard Sign

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Every Second Thursday

2. John Russo – City Manager                                                                         20 min.

3.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                            10 min. 

4. UNET Report                                                                                                 10 min.   

5.  Council Update – Andy Meledrez                                                               10 min.

6.  Council Candidate Jon Harris                                                                    10 min.

7.  Council Candidate Kevin Dawson                                                             10 min.

Next Steps: __??

6.  Next Meeting: Thursday, May 11th, 2017  

Thank you for creating the neighborhood of your dreams.

Screaming Sirens Serenading Neighbors Thursday March 30th.

Emergency Sirens
The Penetrator

UCR to Test Emergency Siren – This Thursday

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This Thursday, March 30th, UCR will be testing and calibrating its emergency siren located at the bell tower intermittently between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon.

During this time you will hear multiple tones periodically from the Bell Tower. These will be loud steady sirens and “whoop-whoop” sounds that vary in intensity and type, some with verbal instructions. There is no action to take during this time.

This test is one of the last steps to fully implement an integrated notification system to alert campus students, staff, faculty and neighbors in the event of an emergency. The system will include the siren, text messages, email, reverse phone calls, web updates, and KUCR radio.

A survey is available for you to provide your comments, questions, or concerns about the tests at http://campusstatus.ucr.edu<http://campusstatus.ucr.edu/>. For more information, please contact emergency@ucr.edu<mailto:emergency@ucr.edu> or951.827.4255

March 2017 Meeting Agenda

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

1.  Welcome – Introductions                                                                              5 min.

2.  Council Update                                                                                            15 min.

3.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                            10 min. 

4. UNET Report                                                                                                 10 min.   

5.  New/Old Business                                                                                       45 min.

2017 Projects

More Efficient Meetings

City Manager Presentation April Meeting

CDBG Funds For Local Food Development

6.  Next Meeting: Thursday, April 13th, 2017  

Neighborhood Project Brainstorming Update

We’re starting to collect lots of ideas of self help actions we can take to enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood. Feel free to share yours.

Brain Strom Sticky Notes

  1. To Do Clean up fee assessed to UCR students or perhaps property owners for move out cleanup. Trash, debris, furniture on curbs…
  2. To Do Neighborhood program for dealing with UCR students issues.  Realistically these are non-police issues (parties, noise, parking, etc) for which UCR may have leverage. We need to solve this ourselves rather than allowing the city to pace our solution.
  3. To Do Reduce street width on Blaine between Watkins and Valencia Hill.  Traffic calming, boulevard, etc…  Maybe even convert to angled or 90 deg parking on one side only…the wall of cars that line every street in UNA and elsewhere in Riverside is horrible.
  4. To Do School traffic at STEM and Highland is really inappropriate for the neighborhood. I imagine all the other schools in UNA have similar issues.
  5. To Do Reseed Mt. Vernon Park with native plants.  This will displace Russian Thistle.  There must be some grant money someplace to do this!
  6. To Do Watkins landscape along railroad between Spruce and Valencia Hill needs to be finished.
  7. To Do We need to find a use for the field at Spruce and Watkins before we get a warehouse there.
  8. To Do UCR backlot (corporate yard) fencing.  Green construction fence installed on a permanent basis. 
  9. To Do Gage canal bikeway needs upkeep and improvements.  Also should be extended through UCR and into the Canyon Crest area.
  10. To Do Need a vision for the neighborhood.  Something like the Springbrook Heritage Parklands citizen’s proposal. We need to get off defense.
  11. To Do Need re-zoning and development added to the vision for UNA.   To me this means allowances for small neighborhood markets like the Olive Ave  Market in Redlands.  It also means allowing for greater housing density that still fits with the neighborhood; things like granny flats where lot size permits or duplex conversions, inventive solutions.  We need density WITH CONTROL to raise the value of UNA housing.
  12. To Do Buy up vacant lots, get easements, or knock down “tear down” houses to convert to neighborhood vest pocket parks.  This reserves the property for future good uses.  Every block should have a small public space.  Not a playground; there aren’t many children in UNA anymore…
  13. To Do Our interface with Box Springs could use work.  Likewise the C.  Box Springs is a huge UNA resource; we are the gateway to that mountain.  Why hide it?
  14. To Do UNA should be able to capture new UCR faculty as neighbors much more effectively than any other area of town.  Do we need a name: “University Park”?  Like “the Wood Streets?” How do we make this happen?  Amenities, markets, etc..???

February 2017 Meeting Agenda

Map and Directions To Crest Community Church

1.  Welcome – Introductions                                                                              5 min.

2.  Council Update                                                                                            15 min.

3.  UCR Update – Jeff Kraus                                                                            10 min. 

4. UNET Report                                                                                                10 min.   

5. UCR Fraternity Presidents                                                                         15 min.

 New/Old Business                                                                                         45 min.

2017 Projects

More Efficient Meetings

City Manager Presentation April Meeting

6.  Next Meeting: Thursday, March 9th, 2017