Shopping centers planned

first_imgPALMDALE – Residents of a neighborhood on the outskirts of Palmdale are upset about plans by developers of the Anaverde master-plan community to build two shopping centers adjoining their homes. On 25.3 acres split by Tierra Subida Road north of Avenue S, Empire Land has proposed building shopping centers containing a supermarket, a drugstore, fast-food restaurants, a gas station, a bank and other stores totaling about 186,000 square feet of building space. “We have a large number of people who wanted a rural-type lifestyle,” said neighbor Steve Schirmbeck, whose home is just west of the centers. “That scale of commercial development is really to going to change the lifestyle and the area dramatically.” The shopping centers would be on the only exit route out of the 5,000-home Anaverde community now under construction on former cattle-grazing land in southwest Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals A small shopping center was originally envisioned in the development itself, but that was dropped before home construction began, the city’s planning director said. Another shopping center is earmarked on Elizabeth Lake Road near 25th Street West, along with another exit road for the development, but city officials have received no plans yet for that. Developer representatives could not be reached last week for comment. Because the Tierra Subida Road acreage is now zoned for homes on one-acre lots, city officials required an environmental impact report on the shopping centers proposal. The draft report says the shopping centers would conflict with some provisions of Palmdale’s General Plan, the city’s design for future development, and would significantly encourage further development in the area. The report says the centers would extend commercial uses west on Avenue S beyond the point where the General Plan says they should stop, clog Saturday traffic on a side street serving the adjoining neighborhood and conflict with the semi-rural nature of the neighborhood, which lies just outside city limits. City planning staffers have not decided whether to support the General Plan amendment and zone changes needed for the centers, Planning Director Laurie Lile said last week. “That’s still something we’re evaluating,” Lile said. But she said the General Plan recommended against commercial development at the western end of Avenue S not because of any inherent problem with it there but because the area lacks sewers. Consultants to Empire Land have concluded that extending a sewer about 1 miles to Tierra Subida is now feasible because of the city’s recent widening of Avenue S, which also leveled out hilltops. Before the street was reworked, some sewer manholes would have been up to 54 feet deep, too deep for workers to climb down safely, the report said. The reworking means no manhole would be deeper than 20 feet, the report said. Comments on the draft environmental impact report are being taken until Dec. 1. The soonest the Planning Commission could consider the environmental report and the proposed zone and general plan changes is Jan. 5. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img