A Place
to Connect Us All

question: What impact will Altair have on traffic in Temecula?
answer: Development of Altair includes financing of the Western Bypass Corridor, a 4-lane road that connects Rancho California Road from the north, continues low along the hillside, turns east over Murrieta Creek and ultimately to Temecula Parkway to the south. This important connection has been envisioned by the City on their General Plan for nearly 20 years. The bypass will help alleviate traffic from Rancho California Road, Old Town and on the 15 Freeway from people commuting to their jobs on the west side of town from their home on the east side of the City.

Additionally, Altair will fulfill a demand for housing on the west side of the freeway which generally doesn’t exist today. In fact, one of the things people we talk to get most excited about is new housing on the west side of town as many of Altair’s future residents will most likely work in Temecula (on the west side of the freeway) or commute via the I-15. This community provides excellent access (a key Smart Growth principle) which is unmatched in most other neighborhoods in Temecula.
q: How will the hillside be impacted?
a: The hills west of Old Town are beautiful and contribute greatly to the character and attraction of the Temecula area. We have gone to great lengths to balance the need for local infrastructure improvement and demand for new housing in and around Old Town with conservation of the hillside. In light of this effort, the project has been designed to build on the flatter plateau below the hill that results in the preservation of 75-80% of the hillside above. A few of the key community benefits that result from the development of Altair are:

a) Installs the Western Bypass Corridor and bridge, a key transportation element for the City and residents.

b) Provides additional residences near Temecula’s existing jobs and retail amenities on the west side of town while also improving activity in its already vibrant Old Town.

c) Allows access of this unique property to be enjoyed by the entire community which is currently not available since it’s privately owned. Future public amenities include urban walkability, bike lanes, hiking trails, plazas and parks, all while taking advantage of the property’s dramatic views.

d) Provides a lifestyle alternative for people desiring a low maintenance home in a walkable neighborhood-friendly environment that fosters social interaction.

e) Permanently ‘draws the line’ that conserves 75-80% of the lower hillside in its natural condition.

f) Contributes towards resolving a regional sewer issue which has resulted from increased densities in Old Town.
q: How will Altair affect the businesses in Old Town? Will it create additional competition?
a: The predominant land use at Altair is residential which will not only support the commercial uses of Old Town with its added population base but will further diversify the Old Town experience by adding attractive trails, vistas and parks. These complementary public amenities are expected to attract additional local residents and tourists to the area which will result in increased commerce for local businesses.

Within Altair the opportunity will exist for some ancillary retail and restaurant uses such as a coffee shop and/or café within some of the village nodes, however, larger retail conveniences are not contemplated. A limited number of live/work units located within the village centers where street frontage lends itself to storefronts for ground floor businesses may be included as well depending on market demand.
q: How does Altair incorporate ‘villages’ within the project?
a: Altair consists of several neighborhood villages, each centered on a node or focal point and separated by landscaped terrain. The open space between the villages mimics the existing ravines extending from the hillside above and preserves the sculptural quality of the site. The village nodes are linked by a relatively flat, primary north-south road dubbed Altair Vista and by a network of pedestrian / bicycle paths creating a “string of pearls”. This concept provides cohesion to the linear site while emulating many of the existing land forms, allowing similar drainage patterns and maintaining views to the hillside above.
q: What type of residences will you be building at Altair?
a: A key Smart Growth principle is to design a community where “People in different family types, life stages and income levels can afford a home in the neighborhood of their choice”. The Altair Specific Plan implements this axiom by accommodating multifamily, attached and detached housing types. Residences may range from lower density 2-story small-lot detached houses to higher density 5-story stacked flat elevator-accessed condominiums. The higher densities are at the village nodes, within the primary village and at the north end of the community, ultimately resulting in 870 to 1,750 dwelling units at full build-out.

The neighborhoods are oriented to take advantage of the community parks, plazas, landscaped open-spaces, views of the hillside to the west and of the valley and distant mountains to the east. Utilizing topography to create variation in the building pad heights as well as encouraging stepped foundations in appropriate areas will result in an ambiance which feels open to nature even though the homes are higher density than traditionally built in Temecula.
q: If I don’t live in Altair, can I still access its parks, trails and bike paths?
a: Yes! Altair is not envisioned to be an exclusive, gated community, rather, it is designed to be an amenity to the greater Temecula area, granting the community access to a piece of property which is currently privately owned. Post-construction, anyone will have access to the community which is linked by Altair Vista (the primary north-south road), a network of pedestrian & bicycle paths and a hiking trail system within the community. Altair is also located to be the perfect trailhead for a greater connection to miles of regional trails along the Murrieta Creek and beyond.
q: Are there any areas in Altair that are exclusively for residents?
a: Yes, there is a Community Center that is exclusive for Altair residents at the high-point of the property, directly on axis with Main Street and Temecula’s City Hall. The Community Center is divided between two buildings. One of the buildings is on the west side of Altair Vista (the main road) and is intended for active uses such as a gym, a pool and additional activity room space. The other building is directly across the street to the east, offers dramatic views over the community’s central park and the Temecula Valley beyond, and is intended for lounging, social gatherings and events.
q: What are you doing to address the infrastructure needs to support Altair?
a: A component of the entitlement process for Altair is the creation of a publically reviewed and discussed document called an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The EIR addresses such infrastructure matters as traffic, air quality, greenhouse gases, noise, biological and paleontological resources just to name a few. In addition, we are engaged in ongoing discussions with the Temecula Valley Unified School District, local sewer district, water district, dry utility providers and the City’s Department of Public Works to ensure that all of the necessary infrastructure is evaluated appropriately and resources are available.