Setback Battle Looming Over Veronica Meadows

Although developer Mark Lee has downsized his proposed Veronica Meadows development from 23 to 15 houses in compliance with City Council wishes, two city commissions are pushing the embattled would-be builder to provide even greater setbacks from Arroyo Burro Creek than the council originally demanded. Members of the City Parks and Recreation Committee and the Creeks Advisory Committee voted to increase the creek setback from 50 feet to 100 feet. Lee’s proposal involves a 50-foot setback from the creek with no development at all, and another 50 feet with only minor development – playgrounds and barbecue pits. Developers worry that if Monday night’s vote holds, it would permanently expand the creek setback requirement as city policy and limit the amount of buildable space adjacent to watersheds. The next step for Lee is the Planning Commission, which could hear this politically contentious issue as soon as July 27.

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