Opponents of Coyote Hills development await public hearing

FULLERTON — Plans to build houses on the largest remaining piece of vacant land in northwestern Orange County will go before nearby landowners and opponents at a public hearing Tuesday.

Condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes would be built at the West Coyote Hills project, along with 68,000 square feet of retail space. About 72 acres would be set aside as a nature preserve on the 760-acre site, the Orange County Register reported.

But some nearby landowners, formed as Friends of Coyote Hills, want to keep the land as open space and have appealed to elected officials to stop the development by Chevron-owned Pacific Coast Homes.

"At the recent Planning Commission, three-quarters of the attending public spoke against the proposed project,'' Friends member Paula Haddad told the Register in an e-mail. "We are looking forward to hearing real specifics from Chevron, particularly with regard to water use, pollution clean-up and responses to seismic reports.''

The first hearing will be 5 p.m. Tuesday and the second be held at 5 p.m. May 25. Both will be held at Fullerton City Hall, 303 W. Commonwealth Ave. The city will also be streaming live video of the hearings on its website.

"We're looking forward to the City Council hearings, which will conclude a more than 30-year planning process that's resulted in a balanced plan for West Coyote Hills that preserves 55 percent of our property as natural open space,'' Pacific Coast Manager Jim Pugliese told the Register in an e-mail.

"We also feel there's a lot of momentum behind our West Coyote Hills proposal because the Planning Commission recently recommended approval with a 5-1 vote.''