Concerned Citizens,

Thank you for your support of Beaumont Citizens for Responsible Growth (BCRG). Your commitment gives the people of Beaumont a stronger voice, by uniting and making our opinions and concerns known to local government officials. 

We are proud of what we have accomplished and with more people involved we can make a greater statement. 

We strive to keep a sense of community in these transient times.  A 20% voter turnout is a barometer of our apathy. What message are we sending when vital community organizations can’t attract members?

Beaumont was recently ranked #1 in the fastest growing cities in the Inland Empire, ranked by the percentage of population change 2005/2006. Percent of population change for Beaumont was 21.1%, while Temecula, Ranked #2, was with a 14.7% change. 

Our elected officials are public servants. We are the public. It is their job to serve us well, and it is our job to see that they do. One way to accomplish this is to advocate the things we believe in and send the message loud and clear.  We should all participate in this community for the same common goals. Change affects everyone and everything that the City Council approves will have an impact on the quality of your life either good or bad. BCRG is proud that we made our voices heard and made a difference: Some of the accomplishments we have made thus far are:



Several neighbors concerned about the proposed hillside development of the Taurek property south of Beaumont shared costs and paid for an Environmental consultant to challenge the City’s Negative Declaration (meaning no impact). This project included over 240 homes on 130 acres of hillsides, which included 1-1 and 2-1 slopes. The report concluded that several CEQA requirements were violated.  As a result, the developer was forced to do an Environmental Impact study.

BCRG participated in the Community Block Party by handing out literature on community concerns and accepting signatures on petitions for a Hillside Ordinance, Saving the Trees along Beaumont Avenue and the need for Televised City Council Meetings.

A web page was established for BCRG in order to get timely information to the public on proposed development and building in Beaumont.


Members worked for months with the planning commission, to write a Hillside Ordinance that would benefit and protect citizen’s from the negative impacts of development on the beautiful hillsides south of Beaumont.  Unfortunately, this Ordinance was rescinded by the City Council when opposition was voiced regarding the need for a Cumulative Impact Study, which would indicate the impact of each developer on each other and determine the number of homes the hillsides could safely support.


Sponsored a booth at the Cherry Festival and distributed information concerning the proposed development in Beaumont.  Also we discussed citizen concerns, which will be presented to the City Council in the future.


Opposed the new General Plan Draft that sought to annex 5000 acres into the city including Jack Rabbit Trail (Shea Homes), 224 residential acres with 2,000 dwelling units, The Preserve (Rox Consulting) with 3, 412 dwelling units, and Highland Crossing (Vista Community Planners) 430 dwelling units.  As a result, the annexation was reduced to 1200 acres and the General Plan was withdrawn for additional study.


Placed ad in the Press Enterprise calling for a moratorium on building until the infrastructure could catch up and collected signatures of citizens presented at the LAFCO hearings.


Members talked with several hundred Beaumont and Cherry Valley citizens at area markets, who stated the need for more commercial development, not more houses. As a result, we voiced opposition to a proposed change by Sundance Builders, who wanted to change the zoning on two of their properties from commercial to high-density housing.  Because of BCRG opposition, Sundance developers were told that they had to stand by their Specific Plan at least on one of the properties.  While the Beaumont City Council has stated many times that they are pro-development, it was unusual for them to actually tell a developer “No”.


Letters were sent to Congressional Representatives indicating concerns with the inadequacies of the Beaumont Post Office—specifically with parking and service.  The current Post Office was built in 1964 and was adequate for a population of 5000 people.  Since then the city has grown 400 % but the Post Office is the same.  We will continue to advocate for an update in the Postal services for Beaumont’s citizens.


Members attended a Town Meeting hosted by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to discuss air quality in the Pass area with particular emphasis on the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the City’s violation of California Health and Safety Codes.


Informed local business owners near proposed commercial development of possible concerns and instruction as to how to oppose and or present concerns at the City Planning Commission Meetings.


Represented the citizens of Beaumont at a LAFCO Annexation hearing for Hidden Canyon development which had requested 236 acres be annexed into Beaumont.  The result of this meeting was that only 36 acres were approved for annexation. The 36 acres represent the headwaters of Potrero Blvd at Hwy 60.

BCRG continues to work with the TUMF Commission to align the proposed Potrero Blvd Bypass to connect with Highway 79 below California Avenue and not along the southern city limits a short distance from 1st Street as suggested by the City of Beaumont Planners.  We have sent photos, engineering studies and other information so that TUMF can make an informed decision on this important traffic mitigation.
Our members stand united with CVAN (Cherry Valley Acres and Neighbors) members, in opposing the annexation of Cherry Valley into the City of Beaumont. Over 500 letters were collected in opposition and the Planning Commission voted to approve the annexation so one private landowner could develop their property.

BCRG and CVAN members oppose giving away the City’s wastewater treatment plant and reclaimed water project to the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District. Members agree it should go out for bid, as the water district has no provisions in their by-laws or daily regime for water treatment.

Please join with us in our efforts to support the quality of life that we all want for the Pass area’s citizens.



The Beaumont Planning Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:00 PM in the Beaumont Civic Center – Room 5, 550 E. 6th Street. Anyone wishing to address the Planning Commission on any matter not on the agenda may do so during the Oral Communications portion of the agenda.

 The Beaumont City Council meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM in Room 5 of the Civic Center at 550 E. 6th Street. Anyone wishing to address the City Council on any matter not on the agenda may do so during the oral communications portion of the agenda.  

The 2006 General Plan Impact Report will be discussed and reviewed at the January 18th 2007 Beaumont Citizens For Responsible Growth Meeting. We hear that Beaumont is being modeled after Temecula. This report should help us to see how they plan to mitigate or deal with the impacts.

Upon reviewing the report your letters to the council could make a difference in their vote or changes to the report before it is approved.+


BCRG opposed the City's Downtown Specific Plan because Urban Logic Consultants refused to do a State CEQA required Environmental Impact Report. We filed a lawsuit and the City decided to withdraw the plan.

Discovered the City Manager, Alan Kapanicas, had purposefully withheld Urban Logic's first amended contract dated Sept 27,1993, from our 2005 public records request. This contract showed that ULC could bill the City for an additional 4.5% of the confirmed construction cost of the public improvement to be constructed. (See ULC contracts under Do You Know)

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