Since at least 2009, Rancho Cucamonga has been eyeing the Etiwanda Heights area at the northeast corner of the city that’s currently part of unincorporated San Bernardino County. Community residents have objected to past proposals, which they feared would make the rural area too densely populated. The city unveiled its revised annexation plan at a Sept. 21 event at Victoria Gardens.
The new plan features “limited neighborhood development” to avoid new open space taxes on existing residents. It also prioritizes open space “with enough neighborhood development to cover the open space costs,” Deputy City Manager Matt Burris wrote in an email. Under the “refined concept plan,” 83 percent of the 4,288-acre area would be kept rural, and only 17 percent would be zoned for residential development.
The rural areas would include habitat conservation areas, low-intensity rural residential development; flood control; and trails for recreation and education.
“The neighborhood areas would include a range of housing types from very large to small, a network of neighborhood streets and parks for walking, biking and play, and a few small centers with neighborhood-serving amenities such as a school, library, small shops and restaurants and play fields,” Burris wrote. “Trail connections from existing and future neighborhoods into the foothills to the north will be a major priority.”
If the City Council ends up approving the annexation plan, the city would still need approval from the Local Agency Formation Commission, known as LAFCO.
Rancho Cucamonga wouldn’t own the property, but the area would fall under the city’s development standards and guidelines for future development.
The incident happened when Yair Martinez-Garcia, a 21-year-old Ontario resident, crossed the street at approximately 12:24 a.m. on Tuesday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. He was crossing 4th Street near Hermosa Avenue outside of a marked crosswalk.
The sheriff’s department said Martinez-Garcia was hit by a truck just west of the intersection, and that the truck tried to avoid hitting him.
Anyone with additional information on the crash can call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department at 909-387-8313. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call We Tip at 1-800-782-7463.