Planners OK Jurupa Valley warehouse project — residents concerned about truck traffic

Jurupa Valley officials approved plans Wednesday, Nov. 8 for a 1.1-million square-foot warehouse project in its Mira Loma area that has seen heavy industrial development since the 1990s.

The Planning Commission voted 4-0 to allow for the expansion of the Mira Loma Space Center site north of Highway 60 and west of Etiwanda avenue. The city approved a development agreement in 2014 that allowed for industrial development on the 318-acre site.

The new project adds two buildings on 51.3 acres at the southwest corner of Etiwanda and Iberia avenues.

Residents in the nearby Mira Loma Village criticized the project for adding more truck traffic and pollution in an area that is already home to 90 large warehouse complexes that generate 15,000 truck trips a day, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Graciela Larios, an organizer with the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, said the project adds more truck traffic to the area even as city officials have yet to divert traffic away from a separate warehouse project approved in 2011.

“Any more trucks on this community would be detrimental,” she said.

A 2013 settlement with the state attorney general’s office required the city to work on a plan to prohibit heavy trucks from traveling on Etiwanda Avenue — the road adjacent to the neighborhood.

City officials, who last month tabled further environmental study on such a plan, say they were only required to consider a truck ban.

With the new project, city officials considered restricting truck traffic on the route but did not include it in the proposal that went to the commission, citing concerns about how to enforce it.

However, commissioners said they wanted to add more protections for an area they noted already suffers from terrible air quality. They added a condition to require access at the southeast corner of the site, which they said could cut some of the truck traffic.

Gene Procter, who has lived in Mira Loma Village since 1971, said the conditions don’t go far enough to reduce truck traffic.

“When it comes to health there is no gray area as far as I’m concerned,” he said.