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What is Harmony?


Harmony is a proposed master planned community in the City of Highland located on approximately 1,650 acres in an open space setting. The Harmony Specific Plan area is located north of the Mill Creek Wash, south and west of the San Bernardino National Forest, and east of Greenspot Road. The Specific Plan for Harmony proposes a variety of home types, parks, open space, recreational amenities, gathering places, neighborhood-oriented services, and community facilities including a new fire station and an elementary school site.


Why Harmony?


The Harmony Specific Plan area has long been envisioned as a prime opportunity for residential development. The property was originally zoned PD (Planned Development) by the County of San Bernardino in the mid-1980s, prior to its annexation by the City of Highland in 2000. The City of Highland has long envisioned a high quality, high amenity master planned community that will provide a significant economic benefit to the City, while allowing the City to address its housing needs as expressed in the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan. Consistent with California law Harmony will play a significant role in helping the City meet its state mandated fair share of the housing needed to accommodate expected population and employment growth in the City and region.


Why is Harmony special?


Harmony is situated adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest, a unique setting where the grandeur of the mountains, depth of the canyons, and vastness of the river corridor can be celebrated. The vision for the community is to knit housing and commercial together in a one-of-a-kind natural setting with an agrarian landscape, restoration and stewardship of the land, and a lifestyle that embraces healthy living and lifelong learning.


How will Harmony benefit Highland and surrounding communities?


Harmony provides an opportunity for the region to accommodate long term housing needs in a community that embraces healthy lifestyles, allows preservation of natural open space, provides recreational opportunities for all age groups, funds and builds infrastructure improvements, creates new jobs, provides enhanced public safety through new fire and police services, and provides a new elementary school site. Harmony will also positively impact the local economy by contributing support for retail and commercial development in Highland and throughout the region.


Who owns the property?


The Orange County Flood Control District is the majority owner of the property. To facilitate the construction of the Seven Oaks Dam, the Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino County Flood Control Districts purchased the property in the early 1990s to supply the earthen materials needed to construct the dam. In 2010, the District selected Lewis Community Developers to assist with the entitlement of the property. As a result, Lewis Community Developers continue to collaborate with the City of Highland and the Community to create a new community that enhances the City and the region.


What approvals does Harmony require?


Harmony requires City of Highland’s approval of a Specific Plan, General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, Tentative Tract Map, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and Development Agreement. The Specific Plan is the guiding document and comprehensive plan that establishes the regulations and guidelines that will govern Harmony’s development. A copy of the Harmony Specific Plan is available for download at http://ci.highland.ca.us/Downloads/Files/Harmony/Harmony%20DSP.pdf


Will Harmony provide its own public safety facilities?

 

Yes. Harmony will construct a temporary onsite fire station during Phase I of development. The project is required to build a permanent fire station prior to the 2,000th building permit, thereby improving public safety both on the east end of Highland and in the Mentone area. Property tax revenue from Harmony will be sufficient to fund the fire station staff and operating expenses. Harmony will also include a police substation in conjunction with the new fire station. New property tax revenue produced by the project will be sufficient to fund additional police officers to serve this area of the City.


Where will children in this community go to school?


Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) will serve the students that live in Harmony. The Harmony development team has been working closely with RUSD to plan for future student needs. Based on RUSD’s student generation rates, at full buildout Harmony will contribute 1,889 new students to the District (872 elementary, 436 middle, and 581 high school students). To serve the new elementary students, the Specific Plan includes an 8 acre site for a new K – 5th grade school, adjacent to a new 5 acre park. Harmony will also pay school fees to RUSD to fund school facilities. Independent of the Harmony project, RUSD also plans to build a new middle school in Loma Linda to accommodate a growing number of middle-school aged students in the region. Although not needed to serve the Harmony community, the new Loma Linda middle school will create additional capacity at both Beattie and Moore middle schools. RUSD has indicated that Redlands East Valley High School maintains sufficient capacity to accommodate the new high school students living in Harmony.


Will Harmony pay Development Impact Fees (DIF)?


Harmony will be responsible for paying more than $50,000,000 in Development Impact Fees (DIF) to the City of Highland. The City collects these fees and utilizes them to construct and improve infrastructure both within the Harmony Specific Plan area and throughout the city, including roads, sewers, storm drains, parks, trails, and other public facilities.


Will Harmony create a long-term fiscal burden for the City of Highland?


A Fiscal Impact Study prepared in consultation with the City demonstrates that Harmony will yield a substantial annual surplus to the General Fund at the project’s completion.


Will Harmony preserve any of the current open space?


Over half of the approximately 1,650 acres that comprise Harmony will be open space in the form of parks, community greenways, recreation, and natural open space. The Harmony team has worked closely with local environmental interests to prepare a land plan that protects and preserves sensitive lands, while respecting the environmental beauty and history of the property.


Will Harmony include trails?


Approximately 33 miles of new trails will be built throughout Harmony, including 11.5 miles of Class 1 bikeways, 9.7 miles of multipurpose trails, and 8.2 miles of hiking, trekking and equestrian trails. These trails will connect to existing regional networks, provide access to existing trails within Morton Canyon, and be the starting point for the Santa Ana River Conservancy’s Mountains to Ocean trail.


Will Harmony be accessible to the public?


A key feature of Harmony is the wide array of amenities accessible to the public including parks, walking & biking, trails, natural and manufactured open space, community facilities, gathering areas, and retail areas. The project will also foster connectivity to existing and previously proposed trails in the San Bernardino National Forest and the Santa Ana River Trail.


How will Harmony and the surrounding communities accommodate additional traffic?


The Harmony team is working closely with the City of Highland to ensure that required roadway improvements are constructed as the project matures. A Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) has been prepared. Traffic mitigation measures are outlined in the project Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The TIA analyzes “trigger points” of when certain improvements are required based on the projected traffic counts. Some roads will be built by the developer of Harmony, while others will be constructed by the City of Highland or other agencies with fees paid by developers and others. Since the Harmony project will be built in several phases over a 13 - 15 year period, any increase in traffic would occur over a considerable period of time.

Off-site roadway improvements within Highland city limits include:

  • Intersection of Alta Vista and Greenspot Road
  • Intersection of Boulder Avenue and Greenspot Road
  • Intersection of Church Avenue and Greenspot Road
  • Greenspot Road widened to four (4) lanes (from S curve to new bridge)
  • Intersection of SR 210 eastbound ramps and Greenspot Road
  • Intersection of SR 210 westbound ramps and Greenspot Road
  • Intersection of Weaver Street and Greenspot Road
  • Intersection of Palm Avenue and Greenspot Road

Off-site roadway improvements outside Highland city limits include:

  • Bryant Street and Highway 38
  • Bryant Street and Oak Glen Road
  • Construct Garnet Street and Newport Road intersection
  • Construct segment of Garnet Street to bridge
  • Construct segment of Garnet Street (bridge to SR38)
  • I-10 eastbound Eureka Street off ramp
  • I-10 eastbound University Street off ramp
  • I-10 westbound University Street on ramp
  • Construct Newport Road (project boundary to Garnet)
  • Orange Street and SR38
  • Sand Canyon and Yucaipa Blvd.
  • Pioneer Avenue and Orange Street
  • SR210 and San Bernardino Avenue

The City of Highland has also recently built the new 4 lane Greenspot Road Bridge to the north of Harmony in anticipation of future growth in the region. The historic Greenspot iron bridge has been preserved, restored, and incorporated into the existing trail network in the area for current and future generations to use and enjoy.


How can we find out more information?

For more information or questions about Harmony:



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