July 20, 2018  |  By Karen DaSilva  |  Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror

Summerwind Trails resolutions granted at Calimesa City Council

Several resolutions, regarding the Summerwind Trails development, were adopted Monday night by the Calimesa City Council.

Among the July 16 resolutions was one establishing a Community Facilities District (CFD) for Phase 1 of Summerwind Trails, formerly known as Summerwind Ranch and located on the west side of Interstate 10. Phase 1 includes 633 homes and is situated on the eastern side of the development, near the city of Beaumont. At build out, Summerwind Trails is expected to bring approximately 3,600 new residential units to the city of Calimesa.

“Future phases will be annexed as they begin to develop,” said Lyn Gruber, a member of the city’s finance team who presented the resolutions to council.

There are a couple of builders grading and preparing Phase 1 lots for construction, said Lori Askew, Public Works Director for Calimesa.

Another resolution authorizes the levy of two special taxes. “One for facilities and one for services,” Gruber said.

The facilities tax is based on a residence’s square footage, with rates ranging from $716 for 1,400 square feet or less to almost $2,000 for 3,800 square feet or more.

The services tax for street lighting and parks has been calculated at $322 per residential unit, Gruber said.

The council also approved a resolution to annex Phase 1 into the city’s Public Services CFD No. 1 for the purpose of financing law enforcement, fire, paramedics and park maintenance. The special tax rate to support public services is $588.78 for single-family units and $441.59 for multi-family units, Gruber said.

All totaled there were two public hearings and six resolutions adopted, just for Summerwind.

At the conclusion, City Manager Bonnie Johnson said: “I think we did it.”

“Thanks for hanging in there,” Mayor Jeff Hewitt said to council, staff and everyone remaining at the lengthy meeting.