Apple Valley Plans to Annex Approximately 1,300 Acres of Land

As mentioned in the Victorville Daily Press, May 13, 2018, an annexation process meant to usher approximately 1,300 acres of largely untouched desert land north of Bell Mountain into the town of Apple Valley was initiated. Approximately three miles of open space adjacent to Interstate 15, sandwiched by Morro Road to the north and Johnson Road to the south, is of critical financial import to Apple Valley as it works to foster a presence along the freeway via development. Upwards of 5.7 million square feet of newly available commercial and office space could result should the annexation prove successful, town documents show. The four phases of development, which also includes 247 residential units and 3.6 million square feet of industrial space, is broken into fiveyear increments and could net more than $11.3 million in cash flow after build out, according to town documents. Before that, though, an application must be submitted to the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for review, a process that comes with $11,650 in upfront costs and could be completed in December 2018 or January 2019, according to town spokesperson Orlando Acevedo. The Town Council’s unanimous approval, meanwhile, initiated the application, notification and public engagement period, according to Acevedo.

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