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and Setback in Trabuco Canyon
Due to the unresponsive political structure in Orange County, EHL
and other conservation groups, were forced to litigate two projects
in scenic and biologically important Trabuco Canyon in southern
Orange County. One suit was settled with conservation gains. The
other suffered a defeat at the trial court, but will be appealed.
As originally proposed,
the Saddleback Meadows project blocked a wildlife corridor and impacted
two religious institutions. It was approved over the objections
of the state and federal wildlife agencies, despite the County of
Orange’s ostensible commitment to the Natural Community Conservation
Planning (NCCP) program. However, after years of acrimonious litigation,
and with the assistance of a retired judge as mediator, the parties
came together on a sound project redesign.
The Saddle Crest/Saddle
Creek project would block another wildlife corridor, and was similarly
approved over wildlife agency objections. It would also destroy
hundreds of oak trees, and revise the general plan in damaging ways.
Without a written analysis of the issues raised, the trial court
denied our petition to overturn the project’s EIR. We are
vigorously appealing the decision.