Travis Randel comes to SJ after serving 12 years in Riverside
■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter
Travis Randel has been selected as the new Planning/Community Development Director for the city of San Jacinto and officially began Monday, March 12.
Previously, Randel worked for the City of Riverside for 12 ½ years beginning as a planning technician and working his way up to a position as principal planner for Public Information and Zoning Assistance.
San Jacinto City Manager Rob Johnson, who selected Randel, says he is an asset due to his prior knowledge of how to streamline an application process for new development projects, and assist projects while under the development phase.
“Travis comes to San Jacinto at one of the most exciting times in recent years. Residential and retail development is on fire in San Jacinto and his vast experience, creative thinking, problem solving and development knowledge will assist the city in making the development process more accessible and easier for developers and businesses to locate to San Jacinto,” said Johnson. “We are excited to have him leading our Planning and Community Development Team.”
In his new position with San Jacinto, Randel will oversee planning, building, code enforcement and special projects for the city.
Since Feb. 2017, the residential development of San Jacinto has increased dramatically. The city approved 235 residential permits last year (4.5 times the previous 9 year average), and now 169 as of Feb. 2018, adding truth to the fact that San Jacinto is experiencing a Renaissance of riches it hasn’t seen in years.
Retail developments aren’t slowing down either. The construction of the 485,000 square foot Soboba Casino Resort is well underway, anticipating to finish around Christmas 2018. In addition, the inclusion of a brand new Aldi, a new Starbucks, a Wienerschnitzel and an expansion of Menifee’s Mason Jar Ranch Bistro and Brew Pub have all been approved and are well on their way to their construction phases. Sonic, Circle K, Quick Quack Car Wash, America’s Tire and another 100,000 square feet of retail are in negotiations with San Jacinto, and are currently awaiting application review.
“Acquiring someone with Travis’ experience, from soup to nuts, in planning and community development is a big win for the future of San Jacinto,” added Johnson.
Johnson urges San Jacinto residents to stay connected with the city’s latest developments by texting GOSANJACINTO to 22828.