Clearing the Air: Facts About the La Puerta Plan

There are several common misconceptions about the La Puerta plan floating around social media and other outlets. We address several of these issues below. Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about the project. We’ll gladly meet with any Claremont resident interested in this project.

 

Misconception: This is high-density housing. 

Facts: False. As proposed, the La Puerta plan falls within the City of Claremont’s low density zoning category and is the same as the surrounding neighborhood, which is zoned as homes between 2 and 6 units per acre. Our plan is less than 6 units per acre. 

Misconception: Trumark is planning attached townhouses.

Facts: False. All homes are single-family detached residences that fit within the city’s “low-density” zoning of 2-6 units per acre.

Misconception: The plan “eliminates the two regulation full-size soccer fields.”

Facts: False. To the contrary, the plan expands existing soccer fields by more than 20% and adds thousands of square feet of new practice fields/areas. It also adds new parking for La Puerta Sports Park, nearly doubling existing parking. This plan was designed in close concert with AYSO and club soccer leagues that utilize La Puerta.

Misconception: “Both softball fields would be demolished beyond repair…”

Facts: This plan will create among the first dedicated girls fastpitch softball facilities in Claremont. Here’s what the president of the softball league describes Trumark’s current plan: 

“I like this plan.  It provides the opportunity for young girls to finally have nice fields to play on and equitable sports opportunities for all of Claremont.” – Bobby Antillon, Chair of the Claremont Youth Sports Committee & President, Claremont Fastpitch Softball 

Misconception: The plan includes 74 homes. 

Facts: Only 65 residential units are proposed on approximately 11 acres. Nine of these units have Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) included as part of the home to help the city meet its affordable housing goals.

Misconception: These homes must be on quarter-acre lots (10,000+ sf)

Facts: This is not accurate. The plan fits within the city’s low-density zoning, which is the same as the surrounding neighborhood.. Larger, quarter-acre lots (10,000+ sf), like some surrounding homes, are not feasible, according to economic studies.

  • Market: Today’s buyers prefer lot sizes from 4,000-7,000 sf. This is abundantly clear in expert market research. 
  • Timing: If proposed at quarter-acre lots, economic studies show that it would take upwards of three years to build and sell these homes, prolonging construction and reducing financial benefits to the city and schools.
  • Regulation: The State strictly regulates water and energy use for homes as part of sustainable development rules. Large-lots are not conducive to these sustainability rules. 
Misconception: Trumark will build a road from North Indian Hill to Forbes.

Facts: False. A road from North Indian Hill to Forbes (or any other area) has never been proposed. 

Misconception: Trees from the sports park will be removed.

Facts: False. There are no plans to remove any trees. If, for some reason, a tree must be moved to improve sports park conditions, Trumark will relocate it onsite and/or plant another.

Misconception: The City should just keep the La Puerta school site as a public facility.

Facts: The school site belongs to the Claremont Unified School District. The district is required to sell the land at fair market value, per California law. The city, by law, cannot acquire the land below that value and would have to purchase it at market value, then pay for the construction and maintenance.

Misconception: Trumark hasn’t conducted outreach

Facts: False. Trumark has been conducting outreach since March 2020, including: mailings to project neighbors, televised/online public meetings, a community forum for neighbors, project website with feedback mechanism, social media, more than 40 individual or group briefings/phone calls, at-home visits and personalized view simulations, community emails, sports league briefings and meetings; all done during and within strict COVID regulations. 

Misconception: Trumark is going to build on public park space

Facts: This plan expands soccer fields, provides Claremont’s first dedicated girls softball facility and creates more parking at La Puerta, a priority voiced by neighbors, the city and soccer leagues.  The new public parking replaces a small portion of where the softball currently is located. So by creating the new softball facility, this plan expands soccer as well as parking at La Puerta.