Assisted care homes on City Council agenda
By Steve Dreyer
City Council members on Tuesday night will get their first look at a proposal to develop four vacant lots near Old Poway Park into residential care facilities.
Applicant Terry Wery is seeking initial council guidance on her plans to build three two-story residences and one one-story residence on the vacant lots northeast of Midland Road and Aubrey Street. Each of the four lots is about one-half acre in size.
Each of the new “Parkview Gardens” residences would house 12 to 15 elderly residents, according to materials prepared for Tuesday night’s “pre-development conference.” The new structures would range in size between 5,500 to 7,250 square feet. Because the lots are within the Old Poway Specific Plan, the architecture of the buildings must conform to one of three styles: Pioneer Farmhouse, Stick Victorian or Craftsman Bungalow. Driveway access on Midland Road is not permitted and the residences must front that road.
Wery owns the adjoining farmhouse-styled residence at 14003 Midland Road and operates it under state license as a residential care facility for up to six residents, according to a staff report.
Each of the four lots could be developed as residential care facilities for up to six residents “by right” as each is considered a single-family residence by state law, the city report notes. In 2009 the council approved construction of a single-family home at that location.
In written comments to the council, Wery said the completed project would provide 24-hour care and between 25 and 35 full- and part-time jobs.
“Our homes will be a nice addition to the neighborhood,” Wery wrote. “Our intention is to create an environment that will bring a positive, uplifting community to the wonderful city of Poway.”
Under the pre-development conference format, council members will be able to offer their initial reactions and suggestions but will not vote on the proposal. Wery would return later with requests for necessary conditional use permits.
The council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, 13325 Civic Center Drive.
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