Yorba Linda residents learned important lessons from the 2008 Freeway Complex Fire after devastating losses. We formed, Protect Our Homes and Hills (POHAH) to protest two steep, residential developments above the City of Yorba Linda: Cielo Vista and Esperanza Hills. A settlement agreement was reached with Cielo Vista because the project now has reduced density, significant wildfire mitigation measures, and nearly half the site preserved. That said, with Esperanza Hills, the legal challenge continues with a lawsuit against the County of Orange and developer for inadequate environmental review, and violations of state planning law and the Subdivision Map Act.
After extensive testimony and staff review of the Esperanza Hills grading and encroachment permit applications, the City of Yorba Linda has denied them. Staff point to the 20-24 foot existing easement across Lot A, Tract 12850 as the only easement available. This effectively stops the project if it can’t meet minimum road widths. View our email or view the Lots A Map.
POHAH continues its legal battles on the Esperanza Hills project. Our most current decision was in June 2020 where the California Supreme Court opted not to hear our legal challenge.
Our 2018 lawsuit is fully briefed and we are awaiting a court date.