March JPA Votes to Craft Road Map toward Dissolution

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The March Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will begin to plan for its eventual dissolution following last week’s unanimous vote by the group’s board.“Why not think about it and review it and discuss it now, when it doesn’t have to happen, rather than wait and potentially have a dogfight when it has to happen?” said Kevin Jeffries, who sits on the JPA board and also is a Riverside County supervisor.The vote follows a similar resolution approved in May by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors and comes two decades after March Air Force Base in Southern California was realigned. The JPA was formed following the 1993 round of BRAC to develop 4,400 acres left over when the installation was converted to March Air Reserve Base.Planning for the authority’s breakup will be complicated given the land and legal issues that will need to be resolved, Jeffries said, reported the Press-Enterprise.“We’re not asking staff to come back in 90 days with an answer,” he said. “It’s come back and tell us what the challenges are, what we have to consider, what committees have to be formed.”The one sticking point prior to the vote was the timing of an eventual dissolution. The original proposal called for disbanding the JPA by 2020, but the date was removed from the language the board approved over concern by board members as well as developers of the property surrounding March Air Reserve Base.“I think most people were concerned about the date,” said Scott Hildebrandt, senior vice president for Albert Webb Associates, one of the master developers of the surplus property created when March was realigned.Hildebrandt said he “absolutely” was reassured by the board’s decision to remove the date.last_img

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