Project Name: Esperanza Hills
Project Location: Unincorporated Orange County, above Yorba Linda
Lead Agency: Orange County Board of Supervisors
Threat: The project applicant proposes 340 hilltop houses on 460 acres.
Description of the Issues: Concerns include inadequate emergency evacuation, risk of wildfire, excessive water use, proximity to hazardous materials and an earthquake fault, impacts to Chino Hills State Park, loss of endangered species, and inadequate project access.
Lead Organization: Protect Our Homes and Hills
- The FHBP Board of Directors voted to oppose the project and signed on as a co-petitioner to the lawsuit in July 2015.
- FHBP has written substantive comments and testified at numerous public hearings on the project.
- The Board of Supervisors overturned the project, its approvals, and its environmental documents in December 2016.
- The Writ of Mandate determined the Greenhouse Gas section of the Environmental Impact Report to be inadequate, as well as its deferred mitigation in August 2016.
- A California Environmental Quality Act lawsuit was filed by Protect Our Homes and Hills with Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, Hills For Everyone, Endangered Habitats League, and California Native Plant Society as co-petitioners in July 2015.
In January 2017, the Orange County Planning Commission discussed the analysis for the new Bridge to Stonehaven, a secondary daily access to Aspen, and a reduction in density for the project.
Unanimous approval of Esperanza Hills project proposal in June 2015 by Orange County Board of Supervisors: Andrew Do, Michelle Steel, Todd Spitzer, Shawn Nelson, and Lisa Bartlett.