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.
In a recent letter, the City of Yorba Linda denies the developer the proposed access and instead relays the project entrance can only be 20-24′ which is the existing road width. View the City’s November 2020 letter. Further, the Blue Ridge Fire burned the Esperanza Hills project in October 2020. Its fire perimeter matches previous big fires. View the map.
POHAH has one remaining legal battle on the Esperanza Hills project. This lawsuit stems from the 2018 project approval and focuses on the access, Subdivision Map act, and California Environmental Quality Act violations. It was heard on Monday, November 16, 2020 by the 4th District Court of Appeal. We expect a decision by mid-December.