Esperanza Hills

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Esperanza HillsProject 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 469 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

FHBP’s Position/Involvement:

  • 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.

Project History:

  • The Board of Supervisors approved the revised project with a 4-1 vote (Spitzer opposed) in May 2017.  An appeal from the original lawsuit is still ongoing.
  • 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.

Decision History:

  • 4-1 approval of the Esperanza Hills project proposal in May 2017 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors: Andrew Do, Michelle Steel, Shawn Nelson and Lisa Bartlett.  Supervisor Todd Spitzer opposed 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.