The following is a story by the Foothills Sentry newspaper, a Voice of OC media partner covering Orange, Villa Park, Orange Park Acres, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, Silverado Canyon, and Modjeska Canyon. This story was published in the Sentry’s January 2016 edition. The beleaguered North Tustin Specific Plan (NTSP) got a boost when the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved an amendment that removed a “senior residential housing” designation from a seven-acre parcel at 11901 Newport Avenue. The designation was created in 2011 to accommodate the Catholic Diocese of Orange and Kisco Senior Living’s plans to build a retirement facility on the property. North Tustin residents opposed the three-story complex, avowing that it did not comply with the specific plan. The plan does not permit commercial development northeast of 17th Street, and specifies single-story, single-family residences as appropriate for the area. The parcel, owned by the Catholic Diocese, was also zoned for a church or school, neither of which the landowner wanted to build.
The following is a story by the Foothills Sentry newspaper, a Voice of OC media partner covering Orange, Villa Park, Orange Park Acres, Anaheim Hills, North Tustin, Silverado Canyon, and Modjeska Canyon. This story was published in the Sentry’s January 2016 edition. The future of the Area 7 sewer system, located in North Tustin and El Modena, has become a case study in government agency overlap and jurisdictional deference. It illustrates why “process” is important, but can slow government decision-making to glacial speeds. What started as an unremarkable transfer of a local sewer system from the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) to the East Orange County Water District (EOCWD) has become a prize sought by two competing agencies that must meet the demands and schedules of multiple authorities with varying degrees of interest in the outcome.
OC Canyons Environmental Activist Gloria Sefton writes that Orange County supervisors need to reverse amendments that threaten area specific plans like the Foothill-Trabuco area, Silverado-Modjeska, North Tustin, Orange Park Acres, and Coto de Caza.
North Tustin resident Manny Padilla urges county planning commissioners to move forward with a controversial senior housing plan pursued by the Catholic Diocese of Orange when they meet Monday afternnoon to consider the project.