Irvine to sue the county over massive development proposed for 108 acres
adjacent to the Great Park
The parcel where the county wants to build was designated to support institutional facilities. One of the issues in the lawsuit will be whether land developments have to be approved by Irvine, the city it’s in. The county claims it doesn’t need city permission to change the use of county land.
City officials and others say the project will negatively impact plans for the Cultural Terrace at the Great Park, including the development of the permanent outdoor amphitheater, museum, a lake, a water park, and other potential projects, as well as impact traffic in the city.
Councilmember Christina Shea told voiceofoc.com that “We’re going to do everything we can to defend our city, to defend from the huge increase of traffic they’re going to bring to the city. All five of us are on board, all in agreement that this is not a good plan … if it takes us two to three years, we’re going to spend the money to do it.”
Representatives from Second Harvest Food Bank, which neighbors the 108 acres, say it would make it more difficult to feed the hungry. Others in opposition to the project include the Orange County Food Access Coalition, the Orange County Transportation Authority; Caltrans; the city of Laguna Beach; Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks; and FivePoint Communities.
More lawsuits against the project are anticipated.
“The city is very disappointed by the board’s decision to proceed with this ill-conceived project in the face of so much community opposition,” Irvine Mayor Don Wagner said after the closed-session vote to approve the litigation against the county. “We are prepared to take the steps necessary to protect the rights of Irvine residents and our quality of life which are threatened by the board’s action today.”