On June 7th the Orange County Planning Commission voted unanimously to retain the time-phased component of the subdivision ordinance until an alternative is in place. We will keep you informed as this issue progresses.
Board of Supervisors Considers Eliminating much of the Subdivision Ordinance
The Orange County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on Tuesday, April 10th, to take comments on two draft subdivision ordinances. Both proposals received a slew of negative comments at the Planning Commission level. Roughly 50 people attended the Board's public hearing with the majority asking the Board to stick with the current ordinance rather than adopt the two proposed ordinances. These citizens pointed out these two proposed ordinances would only benefit speculative developers, not citizens. The public hearing was closed with a statement from the Chair, indicating there was little interest to pass either proposal under consideration.
On June 7th the Planning Commission considered a proposal to repeal the time phasing provision of the subdivision ordinance. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to send this proposal to the Planning Commission which stated adamantly that without an alternative in place they could not support this elimination of the current subdivision ordinance language. Elimination of the time-phased component of the subdivision ordinance is an elimination of the single most important growth management tool the County has in controlling the rate of rural land division. The Planning Commission voted against this proposal unanimously. We will keep you informed as this issue progresses.
We will keep you updated
Please stay tuned for the official hearings dates and for further updates on this critical matter.
Please contact Dan Holmes (firstname.lastname@example.org), PEC's Orange Field Officer, with any questions.