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As of February 1, 2012, all redevelopment agencies in the State of California were dissolved per legislation enacted in 2011.  Each redevelopment agency has what is known as a Successor Agency to finish redevelopment activities in-progress.  The information below is provided so the public is aware of what the Calimesa Redevelopment Agency was doing to improve the economy and quality of life in the City before this tool was eliminated.


The City of Calimesa was incorporated in 1990.  It is located on the border of Riverside County and San Bernardino County in the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass along the I-10 freeway.  At an elevation of 2,392 feet, the city enjoys cooler temperatures and cleaner air than its neighbors, yet is located in the center of a growing population with excellent transportation access.  Residents enjoy small town living with easy access to big city amenities.


Although Calimesa’s population is only 7,800, the population within an eight-mile radius has grown to over 150,000 (Calimesa Demographic Information).  The 0-3 mile market area has an estimated population of 43,000 residents and the 3-5 mile market area has approximately 77,000 residents.  And Calimesa itself, with a land area of approximately 17 square miles, has ample room for residential, commercial and industrial growth.  The population is somewhat older than average, is predominantly Caucasian, and generally lives in owner-occupied housing.


While the City values its open space, it also welcomes thoughtful growth.  Four major residential subdivisions were approved before the economic turn in 2007 that will add thousands of homes to the City in the future:  Summerwind Ranch, Mesa Verde Estates, Heritage Oaks, and JP Ranch.  There is ample commercial land available for development ranging from neighborhood shopping to a regional lifestyle center to free-standing big box stores:


To encourage economic growth, the City commissioned a Downtown Business District Market Analysis Report in addition to a Retail Positioning and Market Analyst Report in 2009 to document the retail leakage occurring in the community.  In addition, the Calimesa Redevelopment Agency will partner with a major retailer to the extent possible to encourage significant new retail experiences in the City.  Incentives can range from expedited entitlement processing to waiver of fees to assistance with public infrastructure.


More information on the City of Calimesa is available through the Riverside County Economic Development Agency and through the Southern California Association of Governments.


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