Just a quick update about the Santa Ana City Council meeting and the Sexlinger Development Project. The September 3 date has been postponed again. We will post information about the new date when we have a confirmation from the City.
Thank you to all who have supported us over the last 2-1/2+ years. I know it may be frustrating to have delay after delay. We continue to work towards the goal of purchasing the property. At the same time we are working with the city staff to ensure that the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) has those elements required by CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) for historic properties.
Thank you for your patience and support. Check here or our Face Book page for updates. www.facebook.com/TheOldOrangeOrchardConservancy
The hearing date for the Sexlinger Development Proposal has been postponed once again. The new tentative date is Tuesday, September 3, 2013. We will post details about location and time if this date holds.
In the mean time:
~ “like” us on Face Book www.facebook.com/theorldorangeorchardconservancy
~ send your tax deductible donation today – see the Donations tab for details
~ join our team of dedicated community members working to save this historic orchard and farmhouse – email Jeannie at email@example.com
Thank you for your patience and support. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting when the fate of the historic Sexlinger Orchard and Farmhouse will be decided upon by the Santa Ana City Council.
The Old Orchard Conservancy and the owners, Orange Lutheran High School and Concordia University Irvine, are in negotiations for a purchase of the Sexliinger Farmhouse and Orange Orchard. While we continue our negotiations, the City has rescheduled the public hearing for this item. The tentative date for consideration by the Santa Ana City Council of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), the Tentative Tract Map (TTM) and the variances associated with the TTM and the recommendations by the Historic Resources Commission is set for Monday, August 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM. We will post a link to the agenda for the meeting when it is available.
Please mark your calendars and check our site for updates. Thank you for your continued support.
Here is a reminder that there has been an update to the City Council Meeting date for the Sexlinger Farmhouse and Orange Orchard Development Project. There has been another delay and the previously scheduled public hearing of Monday, June 3, 2013 has been changed.
The meeting is now tentatively set for Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM. Since we are currently in talks with the property owners of the Sexlinger Orchard site, we anticipate that further delays may be possible.
Although the City is not currently revising the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Sexlinger Farmhouse and Orange Orchard Development Project, we have been assured that the Old Orchard Conservancy will be notified if and when changes are made to the EIR. If there are changes that require any type of public notification prior to City Council review, we will let you know how to access the document and where to send your comments.
Just wanted to give you a quick update about the Planning Commission meeting from February 11, 2013. It was an interesting evening of interaction between the Planning Commissioners and representatives from both sides of the development issue. The Conservancy was first to present comments. Our stance involved the inadequacies of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) from the stand point of the lack of preservation alternatives and mitigation measures and the illegal aspects of the variances needed for two of the lots that have less-than-required street frontage. The owners, of course, felt that City staff had done a fine job on the FEIR and were hopeful that the Commissioners would agree and move the project forward with a recommendation “for development” to the City Council. The main objective of the owners (Orange Lutheran High School & Concordia University Irvine), as stated at the meeting, is to “monetize the asset.” The Commissioners, however, were not in agreement. Some of the Commissioners had concerns about the FEIR and wanted it to go back to staff, others had concerns about a two-story development being built in a one-story neighborhood. There were other concerns about the development as well. Two comments were especially disappointing to hear from some of the Commissioners. The first was that a couple of the commissioners were not that familiar with reading and understanding EIRs and second was about property rights. Understanding an EIR would seem to be a basic function of a Planning Commissioner as well as the fact that we are going through a process afforded any member of the public – that is to have input on any development that will affect our lives – property rights are not in question here.
Now to the vote — they were split 3-3. In a tie situation, the property owner has the choice of returning to the Planning Commission in hopes of a different outcome on the vote or forwarding a recommendation of denial of the project on to the City Council. The owner chose to move the item forward to the City Council. Even though it is not a majority vote for denial, it is a denial and that is important.
There have been various delays is getting this to the City Council since the Planning Commission vote in February. The latest information we have is that the public hearing for the Sexlinger Farmhouse and Orchard Development Project will go before the City Council on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 5:45. We will keep you posted on updates and links to the agenda as they become available.
Thank you for your support. Your comments and questions are welcome!
Good news everyone! The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) passed a resolution to “… urge the City Council to purchase the Sexlinger Property…” Our next hurdle will be the Planning Commission meeting on Monday, February 11, 2013 in the City Council Chambers. Hope to see you all there. Thank you so much for all of those who came out in support of preservation and thank you to the HRC and the Planning Department staff for all of your hard work!
Here is a link to an article about the HRC meeting on Thursday 1/24 written by Ron Gonzales of the Orange County Register.
At this meeting, the Historic Resources Commission (HRC) will take public comments on feasible alternatives to the Demolition of the Sexlinger Orchard.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT: by speaking out at the HRC meeting you can let public officials know that you support preservation of this property.
The meeting is on January 24, at 4:30 PM in the following location:
City Hall Ross Annex, First Floor Conference Room
20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92703
If you cannot attend the meeting, but want to share your thoughts with the City, please send a letter with your views to:
Vince Fregoso, Project Manager
20 Civic Center Plaza, Ross Annex M-20
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Email: Vince Fregoso
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