In regards to the "City Council to consider changes to Main Street, freeway corridor zoning" story of August 1.


In planning for the future of Hesperia the only vision that counts is that of the people who live in the City of Hesperia and the property and business owners who have made investments in the City of Hesperia. The City Council (who also must live in Hesperia) is elected by the citizens of Hesperia to represent their interests concerning the future of the City of Hesperia. City staff work for the people of Hesperia under the direction and "vision" of the elected City Council. Not the other way around.


The Main Street & Freeway Corridor Specific Plan under review now contains some very serious flaws, problems and assumptions that could very probably and possibly work against any future investment and any future economic gains for the City of Hesperia. Also, the problems of the lack of notification of the hearings to the property owners affected by the plan, and the failure of the zoning changes being disclosed to those same property owners have been raised at the hearings.


The main issue/problem as I see it, is with the City changing the zoning of privately owned commercial property to a less valuable zoning without notifying the owners of the hearings or of the new zoning status of their property. This "down zoning" of privately owned commercial property by the City sends the worst possible message to potential future and current investors in Hesperia real estate. That being, that you can purchase commercial property in Hesperia in good faith that it will remain commercial for your developing it or selling it. But the City of Hesperia could down zone your property at any time making it worthless overnight for a questionable specific plan. Or, the City of Hesperia does not honor the previous zoning plans that it had when you bought your commercial property. So the commercial property that you paid top dollar for is being changed to zoning for housing and or office space. And now you have lost substantial money on your investment because of a plan that speculates on other future investments and a vastly improved High Desert economy.


The assumptions that this plan makes are based on past business and retail corridors in other areas that do not in any way resemble the High Desert and its economy, or lack of. The Cerritos Auto Square was started in 1979 in Cerritos and claims to be the "Worlds Largest". It boasts 10,000 cars with 27 new car dealerships, and is located next to the 605 freeway and near the 5, the 405, the 91 and 710 freeways. It is built on 100 acres of land. Hesperia on the other hand, has 4 or 5 used car dealerships up and down Main Street. Most of them on 1/2 acres or less. And most of them are financial trouble. The Freeway Corridor specific plan has designated the commercial auto sales area on both sides of the 15 freeway including the proposed Ranchero/15 freeway on/off ramps. The amount of land this plan sets aside for the auto sales area is over 300 acres. Three times larger then the "Worlds Largest" auto center that sits next to 5 freeways serving millions of commuters daily!


To designate 300 acres of prime freeway land for auto sales and not for other uses is reckless and is not realistic about the economic conditions in the High Desert. Or even to admit what the current demographics are.


This plan needs to be sent back to the City, with instructions not to arbitrarily down zone anyone's property. If property owners want a zoning change, let them ask for it. The City should not speculate with private property or with our tax dollars with this plan. This plan is simply bad government, with little or no chance of succeeding. It may even slow or stop what little retail and commercial investments that are just starting to develop in Hesperia. Quit trying to change Hesperia in Rancho Cucamonga, look around and see what is working in the High Desert and plan from there. Most of all, the City needs to honor its end of the bargain it made with everyone who has bought property in Hesperia. Bait and switch is not recommended as a good government policy.