The City of Calimesa is dedicated to remaining a community that honors its beautiful natural setting through open space preservation, wildlife corridors, and extensive trail systems, as well as enriching the quality of life for Calimesa through sensitive planning that creates increased business activity, local jobs, new parks, and schools. The City of Calimesa incorporated December of 1990. It has developed its own unique zoning codes and standards, and sought to retain its open space characteristics. The City’s General Plan provides for neighborhoods and businesses that reflect that concept. The City is governed by a five-member City Council and a form of government small enough to respond to citizen concerns yet experienced enough to maintain the unique Calimesa lifestyle.
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Although Calimesa’s population is only 7,800, the population within an eight-mile radius has grown to over 150,000 (Calimesa Demographic Information). The 0-3 mile market area has an estimated population of 43,000 residents and the 3-5 mile market area has approximately 77,000 residents. And Calimesa itself, with a land area of approximately 17 square miles, has ample room for residential, commercial and industrial growth. The population is somewhat older than average, is predominantly Caucasian, and generally lives in owner-occupied housing. While the City values its open space, it also welcomes thoughtful growth. Four major residential subdivisions were approved before the economic turn in 2007 that will add thousands of homes to the City in the future: Summerwind Ranch, Mesa Verde Estates, Heritage Oaks, and JP Ranch. There is ample commercial land available for development ranging from neighborhood shopping to a regional lifestyle center to free-standing big box stores:
Current and Future Development
To encourage economic growth, the City commissioned a Downtown Business District Market Analysis Report in addition to a Retail Positioning and Market Analyst Report in 2009 to document the retail leakage occurring in the community. In addition, the Calimesa Redevelopment Agency will partner with a major retailer to the extent possible to encourage significant new retail experiences in the City. Incentives can range from expedited entitlement processing to waiver of fees to assistance with public infrastructure.