Under the leadership of Supervisor Todd Spitzer, the Board of Supervisors, dealt a significant blow to the Esperanza Hills project at the March 10th meeting. The developer failed to get permissions to build the project. Rather, he was instructed to work with the City of Yorba Linda to comply with the City’s higher standards. This negotiation will come in the form of a pre-annexation agreement that will be hammered out this spring. The project will be brought back to the Board of Supervisors on June 2, 2015.
Unfortunately, the Environmental Impact Report was approved. This means the Board felt the environmental impacts were adequately evaluated and mitigated (fixed).
Thank you so much to the near 100 people that attended this meeting. It was important for the Supervisors to see how many people opposed this project. Additionally, thank you to those speakers that volunteered at the last minute to help get important information into the record.
Hills For Everyone has been guiding the residents through this process and worked diligently over the last few weeks to submit substantive comments, testimony and powerful graphics (via PowerPoint) into the record. Many supporters, County staff and even Supervisor Spitzer complimented the effectiveness of the team’s presentations and graphics. The Supervisor mentioned it was so effective it could be used as our lawsuit’s Opening Brief.