There are two documents that govern the construction of the development, the Development Agreement and the Specific Plan.
The Development Agreement lays out the overall framework for the development, and is basically the overall contract between the city and the developer. It is meant to make sure that both the developer and the city understand their obligations, and make certain things happen as they are supposed to.
The Specific Plan is exactly what it’s name implies. It is the specific plan for the community. It provides specifics on lot sizes, types of dwellings on the lots, and things like that.
You can request copies of both documents from the City of Palmdale. Click HERE to print the document request form. The Development Agreement to request is Development Agreement #92-2 between the City of Palmdale and KB of southern California, for the City Ranch Development. It is about 50 pages, and the city charges $.25 per page.
The Development Agreement and Specific Plan for Anaverde lay out several projects that must be completed by specific milestones. The milestones are not time based, but based on the number of houses that have been issued permits by the city for people to move into them. If those milestones are not met, the city can stop issuing housing permits and stop the sale of new homes in the development.
The major milestones laid out are as follows:
Secondary access to the development (two ways in and out of the community) must be provided prior to the issuance of the 901st Certificate of Occupancy. Please clickHERE to find out more information about the completion of the roads in Anaverde.
Construction of the fire station must begin prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit for the 1000th house and must be completed within one year. Construction has been defined as lumber going vertical, not just the site graded or the concrete pad poured. Concurrently, the developer is to provide the Los Angeles County Fire Dept with a 1250 gallon-per-minute pumper and a four-wheel-drive emergency medical technician vehicle.
A 10-acre city maintenance yard will be constructed at the 1000th house. This is to aid in the maintenance of the 5 parks that will be built in Anaverde.
A 150-space park and ride facility, adjacent to the planned commercial facility, must be completed prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit for the 1500th house.
There is going to be a 119-acre community park, which has been divided into five phases of development. The first 3 phases of the 119-acre community park are to be completed by the 1609th Certificate of Occupancy, phase 4 at the 2000th and phase 5 at the 3500th Certificate of Occupancy.
The golf course will begin construction prior to permitting of the 2000th house and must be completed within two years. It will include a club house, pro shop, restaurant and other amenities.
There are other required improvements that are considered Off Site/Regional Benefit Improvements because they will either benefit the whole community of Palmdale, or off-set the impact of Anaverde on Palmdale. These requirements include:
Improvements to Avenue S from the eastern boundary of the project site to the 14 freeway.
The Park and Ride Facility
The fire station and equipment
City Maintenance Yard
Improvements to Elizabeth Lake Road
Improvements to 25th Street West
Any drainage facilities the developer is required to construct (e.g. the Pelona Vista Dam)
The installation of a remote Weather Station (this is currently up and running in the 5 acre park).
Some of the obligations outlined are purely Monetary Obligation Improvements:
City Hall Contribution ($2.9 Million)
Elizabeth Lake Road/Palmdale Boulevard Contribution ($950,000)
Emergency Radio Communications Contribution ($30,000)
Currently, the development has stopped at approximately 1000 homes. A secondary access road and the fire station must be completed before the city will release any more occupancy permits.