Opponents of the West Coyote Hills development who wanted more open space and parklands just got their wish!
The Orange County Register’s Michael Mello reported today that the OCTA has purchased 300 acres in
to be preserved as open space. North Orange County
With an overall price tag of $2.96-million it works out to be just under $10,000 an acre making the
open space is significantly cheaper than West Coyote Hills. Carbon Canyon
Although this should end the calls for more parks and open space, the no-growth crowd will likely continue to pond their fists. For this minority group, the 120-plus parks north of the 91-Freeway (http://gregsebourn.blogspot.com/2011/04/observers-love-affair-with-chevron-love.html) and the addition of 300 acres just aren’t enough.
“Former owner Leo Hayashi had planned to build up to 300 homes on his acreage. However, the city said he could safely build less than half that number because of the area's steep slopes created by the grass-covered canyons and ridges.”
“The money comes from Measure M, a half-cent sales tax extended by
voters in 2006 to fund transportation improvements. A portion of the funds would go toward making up for habitat damage from road improvements and other projects. Orange County
, a 2005 estimate showed that as much as $243 million could be used over 30 years to restore or acquire wild habitat. About $40 million has been approved to buy property this year, Scheper said.” Orange County
To put the scope and magnitude of the Pacific Coast Homes development into perspective, the 760-home development could be worth as much as $350-million even after all of the public dedications are made.