Orange Community Groups Start Referenda Campaign

In July and August 2011, the community group Orange Citizens for Parks and Recreation (OCFPR) submitted three referendum petitions, each aimed at challenging a specific part of the City of Orange’s approval of plans to build a luxury equestrian residential project on open space lands. SMW assisted the group in drafting the referendum petitions.

The proposed development, Ridgeline Equestrian Estates, would convert to residential use 51 acres of open space land that includes publically-accessible equestrian trails. It would also have significant negative impacts on traffic congestion in the area.  In order to approve the project, the City Council adopted a General Plan Amendment and a zoning change, as well as entered into a development agreement with the project’s developers. OCFPR started the referendum campaign immediately after these approvals. The City Clerk has already certified the first referendum petition, challenging the general plan amendment, as adequate. The certification of the other two referenda is pending.