Apparently, it rained in Wildomar yesterday.
I was able to keep up with some of the weather impacts, by following the local news and the various Facebook pages providing photographs of the damages.
Mother Nature has finally provided a plausible historical and meteorological context for the recent bevy of lawsuits, as follows:
1) Alliance for Intelligent Planning v, Subway
2) Alliance for Intelligent Planning v. CV Communities
3) Citizens for Developer Compliance v. Canyon Plaza
Each of the above litigations were, or will be , initiated to force the developers and the City of Wildomar to mitigate, to the fullest extent possible, the drainage issues, which arise from their developments.
Clearly, Riverside County did not address, in a fashion timely, the issue of “drainage” for the watershed area to the northeast of Bundy Canyon Road and Interstate 15.
That being said, although the City of Wildomar does not have the resources, nor the obligation to address all of the drainage issues on their own, it is their obligation to extract sufficient drainage concessions/conditions from the developer of each project coming before them.
At the very least, any new proposed development should not add to the drainage problems, but should attempt to reduce, in a reasonable fashion, some of the inherent problems within the Wildomar watershed.
If you are not aware of lawsuit #3), it’s because I have not filed as yet, although I have made preliminary preparations to do. In the case of Canyon Plaza, commonly known as the Circle K/Shell station on Bundy Canyon Road , the developer was originally conditioned by Riverside County to re-direct the drainage from his property, including the water which passes over his property from the northeast watershed to a large drainage pipe, which passes under Interstate 15, but which is 500 yards south of his project.
This would’ve carried any water down through the Wildomar Cemetery property and on to Murrieta Creek, without wrecking havoc on existing properties, such as Elsinore high school.
Instead, the developer whined to the City of Wildomar staff, seeking relief from Riverside County’s appropriate conditions regarding drainage, and was granted, an infamous “minor change” that resulted in the large pile of rocks that you can see for yourself on the east side of the southbound Bundy Canyon offramp. Any water released in this manner could conceivably end up flooding Elsinore High School, including their gymnasium floor for the second time.
Please tell me that that didn’t happen….again!
Needless to say, I am certain the attorneys for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District will be looking for any act of negligence which has contributed to their gymnasium floor damages.
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