Orange County


Election Law Declared Invalid, San Clemente Referendum Proceeds

Voters in the City of San Clemente will decide on a building height and view ordinance, thanks to a state appellate court ruling regarding signature gathering for a referendum of the ordinance.

Disney Defends Negative Spin On Housing

Morris Newman’s June Deals column, “Disney Spins Negative Fantasia About Housing,” is off the mark, citing misinformation and wrongly taking Disney to task on Anaheim housing issues. As the former director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and now as President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council (OCBC), I appreciate the opportunity to correct the record.

Orange County Ordered To Cut Building Fees, Pay Attorney

The saga of plan check and building inspection fees in Orange County continues, as an appellate court has ruled that the county must reduce fees by $4.5 million and pay nearly $1.4 million in attorney fees and court costs.

Capital Market Demands Coastal Exclusivity

I simply adore being in Cannes, with its splendid, high-end hotels, its outdoor cafes, the elegantly turned-out couples strolling on the boulevard, the nearly naked young people frolicking at the water’s edge, unembarrassed by their perfectly toned bodies and golden skin….What’s that? I am mistaken? We’re not on the Riviera? Oh, naughty carissima, you are trying to fool me with a cruel joke! This couldn’t possibly be…Huntington Beach?

Disney Spins Negative Fantasia About Housing

Why did nobody tell me that market-rate housing had become a NIMBY issue? Did I sleep this momentous event, just as I sawed a log through the Northridge earthquake? Here I am, bumbling through life as if nothing special is happening, while unbeknownst to me The Walt Disney Company is having one of its most creative moments since it released Dumbo.

Exemption For Huntington Beach Nursery Grading Permit Upheld

A grading permit for a nursery in Huntington Beach did not violate a six-year-old conditional use permit and was not subject to environmental review, the Fourth District Court of Appeal has ruled.

Housing Advocate Wins Round Against Brea Agency

For at least the third time in two years, litigation filed by housing advocates has resulted in a court order or settlement for hundreds of affordable housing units. The latest city to get hit with a judgment is Brea, whose redevelopment agency was ordered to produce 208 units of low- and very low-income housing by June 2012.

Anaheim Rejects Housing Proposed Next To Disneyland Property

Anaheim officials have sided with Disneyland and rejected SunCal’s neighboring development proposal; report by LAO says Indian casinos will not provide significant revenues for the state of California; Madera County settled with Indian tribe; the Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a proposed landfill on a Colusa County Indian reservation; Seal Beach has repealed a ban on three-story houses in the Old Town area; and the ongoing redevelopment of the former George Air Force Base in Victorville receives a boost from Newell Rubbermaid.

Great Park Plan Thinks Big, Keeps It Simple

Some people hissed in January when landscape architect Ken Smith won the competition to design the future Orange County Great Park. The 1,347-acre portion of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in south Orange County was a covetable plum if ever there was one. Still, I think Smith’s scheme, as it stands, is an inspired beginning.

Subdivision Approval Violated County General Plan, CEQA, Court Rules

Orange County’s approval of a controversial housing project in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains has been overturned by the Fourth District Court of Appeal.