A decision on toughening rules for warehouses proposed near Riverside homes, schools and parks has been delayed after concerns from residents and council members.
The Riverside City Council punted the issue back to its land use committee Tuesday, Oct. 25, after hearing from the public.
Panel members will talk more about putting more teeth into guidelines for the distance between warehouses and homes, making new building height restrictions, and fleshing out how and when suggested “health risk assessments” for industrial developments should be done.
The city has had a set of “good neighbor guidelines” that suggest but don’t require warehouses to be at least 1,000 feet from homes. But one recent project that has riled residents in the Sycamore Highlands neighborhood was built about 50 feet from their property lines.
The warehouse is in an area long zoned for such projects, but its corner of land was vacant when homes went up next door.
“People who buy these homes have a reasonable expectation when they purchase it of having a livable community,” resident and activist Scott Andrews told the council.
“How many of you … sitting before me would want a warehouse built 50 feet or 100 feet from your house in your neighborhood?”
Residents in the city’s Northside area also have expressed concerns about traffic, noise and air pollution from a 308,000-square-foot facility planned near their houses. City Councilman Mike Gardner has vowed to appeal the project to force a hearing at the planning commission.
Council members suggested rules limiting the height of warehouses close to homes, requiring special permits for some projects and other ideas they hope would not halt development but would help assuage neighbors’ objections.
Officials don’t yet know when the land-use committee would tackle the topic.
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