April 5th 2013 has become a day of monumental importance to Huerta del Valle! After months of negotiations, sorting out final details, and excruciating “waiting” periods with the city of Ontario… our land use agreement was signed and finalized!!! Woo Hoo!
It’s a wonderful feeling for all of us at HdV to see how an idea that was thought of years ago, was so eagerly embraced by the community, then shaped and transformed on so many different levels to meet their need, has now finally become a reality that is certain to change lives.
Huerta del Valle officially has a place to call “home”:)The land agreement will grant HdV access to the land for the next 10 years with a five year renewal plan option… although we plan on being there for much longer! Over the next couple weeks the 3 acre piece of land located behind Bon View Park in South Ontario is getting ready to undergo a major transformation- first the irrigation will be installed, then the fence will be put up, and finally the residents will be able to let their green thumbs work their magic! This is just the beginning!
Throughout this long process there have been so many individuals and organizations that have believed in the vision of HdV, dedicated their time and efforts towards our cause, offered supported and/or advice, and helped make our dream a reality.
The city of Ontario, Jerry Blum, Karen Thompson, Rudy Zeledon, and the entire City of Ontario Planning Dept, Kaiser Permanente, Carrie Hempel, Anees Naime, John Bridge, and UCI School of Law, Pitzer College, Susan Philips, Pitzerstudent volunteers, The Wheelhouse, Ontario community volunteers, all anybody else who gave us a chance. We could never say ‘thank you’ enough to all of you… but we’ll definitely try J THANK YOU!
And for anybody out there who is looking for information about setting up their own land use agreement with the city- please contact us! We would love to share our experience and contacts with you to help your organization expand as well!