Press
Release
City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

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Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317

4/15/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #13114
Subject :

Fullerton Strikes Historic Multi-Party Agreement on West Coyote Hills
Contact :Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA - The Fullerton City Council announced tonight, at their regularly scheduled meeting, that there is broad agreement on a conceptual framework to resolve the land-use issues in Fullerton's West Coyote Hills. The West Coyote Hills site has generated a lot of attention and debate in Fullerton for over 40 years and today’s announcement represents a significant path forward for the parties involved.

"In an effort to reach consensus, City leaders have met with representatives of community groups and the landowner in recent months," explained Fullerton Mayor, Doug Chaffee. He added, “We are pleased to announce that the main parties in this issue – The Friends of Coyote Hills, Open Coyote Hills and Pacific Coast Homes – have now agreed on what we are calling a “Path Forward” to resolve the issues over this property.”

According to the agreement, Pacific Coast Homes will sell the site if the parties can agree on a fair price and reasonable acquisition terms, an important first step by the landowner. A key factor to this agreement came about with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) http://www.tpl.org/, a highly-regarded national conservation group, joining the acquisition discussions and helping identify potential funding sources and timelines.  

While these acquisition discussions are underway Pacific Coast Homes will file (and the city will process) a development application. If the city approves this application before acquisition discussions are completed, the city will place on hold final approvals for some fair period of time. This will allow those interested in acquiring the site an opportunity to raise funds to purchase and preserve the site.

While many details are still needed to be worked out, the Mayor expressed excitement with the progress that has been made to reach this milestone agreement. He concluded by saying, “As we move along this 'Path Forward’ we will provide updates to the community when there is significant progress to report as we diligently work with Friends of Coyote Hills, Open Coyote Hills and Pacific Coast Homes.”


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