Now that the Terra Verde Group has settled lawsuits with several environmental groups and the Crestline Sanitation District, the housing development in southeast Hesperia looks to pick up steam. According to city officials, construction of the first phase of homes could begin in early 2019.
While many Hesperia residents opposed the massive project when it came before the City Council, they should be heartened that in settling the lawsuits Terra Verde reduced the number of units by 533 (giving up $50 million in value in the process), carved out an additional 1,060 acres of open space for wildlife and endangered species and will attempt to bring solar power to each of the 15,663 dwelling units.
This reduction of development in Summit Valley will please those who live there now and had sought out the area for both its beauty and rural feel.
Terra Verde Group, as part of the settlement terms, also will give the Center for Biological Diversity the option to buy all of the project's open space, 2,500 acres, at 75 percent of its fair market value.
While the thought of Hesperia adding 50,000 new residents over 30 years may still seem tough to stomach for some, the reality is the Terra Verde Group was more than a good neighbor in working out these settlements.
The economic impact of the Tapestry Project is nothing if not stunning, either. Hesperia Mayor Paul Russ told reporter Rene De La Cruz that the developers will make "$7 billion in capital improvements by the time the 30-year project is complete."
With those 15,633 homes will come thousands of good-paying construction and other jobs, which will pump billions of dollars into the High Desert's economy over the life of the project.
And let's not forget the quality of this development, either. It is a master planned community that should be one of the nicest in the High Desert. We've seen how master planned and gated communities in Apple Valley have raised the bar in that town and expect Tapestry will do the same in Hesperia.
Prices will likely be higher than most other new homes in the region, which could help lift values in Hesperia and the rest of the region overall.
The other positive about higher prices and master planned communities is buyers tend to be, for lack of a better word, keepers. They're usually professionals who make better money than most and are seeking good schools and neighborhoods for their children.
We'll see how it turns out, but in light of all of this, we have every reason to believe that Tapestry just might be exactly what the region needs so very badly right now.