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    Council says water available for Tapestry project

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  • HESPERIA — Councilmen acting as the Hesperia Water District board found earlier this week there is enough water available for the large-scale residential Tapestry project
    The master-planned development’s specific plan, submitted in October, allows for up to 19,396 dwelling units on 9,365 acres. It would occupy much of the former Las Flores Ranch property.
    The water-supply assessment finding on Tuesday says there is estimated to be enough water to supply the project for at least 20 years. Tapestry will include a wastewater treatment plant that will supply irrigation water for all common areas and about 25 percent of the homes, according to a presentation by the developer, Terra Verde Group LLC, of Calimesa.
    Additionally, the design includes extensive landscaping features designed to save outdoor water use, said Craig Ryan, a project manager for Terra Vista. The development is expected to use about 13,600 acre-feet of the available 24,800 acre-feet a year.
    The finding will be included in the project’s environmental impact report, which will be considered in the future.
    Mayor Pro Tem Eric Schmidt said the project is one aspect of planning that will help define the future of Hesperia.
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    The council also approved a resolution saying the city’s proposed reclaimed-water distribution system project deserves an exemption from the California Environmental Quality Act.
    City administrators wrote in a staff report the project to install “new, small facilities and structures” — including sewer pipes and other utility extensions — are deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment.
    They noted that the price of reclaimed water generated by the project and intended for irrigation uses will be set by the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, with headquarters in Victorville.
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    Some controversy continued over proposed changes to the municipal code regarding animal care and control.
    Several speakers objected to the amount of information required by a draft Breeder’s Permit Application and its fee of $500. They recommended a fee comparable to the cost of a business license, $85, or $100 maximum.
    Staff members and councilmen seemed to agree a fee in the range of $300 to $500 is appropriate.
    The amendment was continued for refinement by staff and consideration by the full council at a future meeting.
    The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at 9700 Seventh Ave. in Hesperia. Meetings are scheduled the first and third Tuesdays monthly.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
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