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Posted on: June 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Notice of Availability and Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration




The City of Murrieta has prepared an Initial Study for the Hotel Murrieta, Site Development Plan (DP-2019-2031) Project, which recommends that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) be issued, and the City has authorized the release of the proposed Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for public review and comment for the above project.

In 2008 the City of Murrieta reviewed and approved a proposed five-story office building project with the objective of establishing a higher educational facility.  The City granted entitlements for this project under DPO-007-2560 and CUP-007-2561. These entitlements have not been implemented over the past eleven years, primarily due to the national and regional recession.  During this period the market has substantially changed, and the property owners have negotiated with a national hotel chain to construct a new nine-story, 257-room hotel at this location.  This Initial Study will evaluate the new entitlements required to permit the hotel project (Hotel Murrieta) to be considered for approval by the City of Murrieta.  The list of applications (1) Development Permits DP-2019-2031: Required to permit the proposed project improvements at the site, such as site buildings and landscaping; and to permit a comprehensive sign program and (2) Lot Line Adjustment (LLA) to modify the boundary of the two legal lots to coincide with the development plan.

The City has prepared an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration to evaluate the project impacts and has concluded the project will not have any unavoidable significant negative impacts on the environment upon implementation of the recommended mitigation measures.  The 30-day public review period for the Initial Study begins on June 5, 2020 and ends on July 6, 2020. 

Pursuant to the California Governor’s Executive Order N-54-20, an electronic PDF of the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for download on the City’s website at   Also, in accordance with the California Governor’s Executive Order N-54-20, all materials shall be submitted electronically to the State Clearinghouse CEQAnet Web Portal (

 In addition, in the event that the Governor’s Executive Order N-33-20 (commonly known as the “Stay at Home Order”) is lifted during the public review and comment period, hard copies will then be available at the following locations:

• City of Murrieta Planning Division, 1 Town Square, Murrieta, California 92562

• Murrieta Public Library, 8 Town Square, Murrieta, California 92562

Any interested person or agency may comment on this matter by submitting their written comments before 5:00 pm on July 6, 2020.  If you are interested in attending future public meetings for this project, submit your name and contact information or comments before 5:00 pm on July 6, 2020.  Comments should be sent to James Atkins, Planner at City of Murrieta, 1 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562.  Please submit comments to Mr. Atkins at (951) 461-6061 or at [email protected].   

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