West Coyote Hills project approved by Orange County Airport Land Use Commission

 The West Coyote Hills project came one step closer to having a Fullerton city council vote July 12.

 The Orange County Airport Land Use Commission unanimously approved the project June 16, which was the last step to bringing the West Coyote Hills project before the Fullerton City Council.

 A small percentage of the West Coyote Hills project fell under the commission's jurisdiction since it is by Fullerton Municipal Airport, according to Kari Rigoni, Executive Director of the Orange County commission. She said that the commission found that there were no tall buildings or other things that would make it inconsistent with the Airport Land Use Commission's compatibility standards. Rigoni said that the commission will not see the project again unless there is a change to it.

 Robert Hayden, a member of Open Coyote Hills, said that he is excited to see the West Coyote Hills project move forward.

 "We are excited and hopeful that there will be an affirmative vote and that we'll move forward," Hayden said.

  Chevron owns the 510-acre land development in question and has hired Pacific Coast Homes to build homes on the land, along with a 5.2 acre commercial development. The project went before the city council in June 2010 and was denied. In August 2010, Pacific Coast Homes filed suit against the City of Fullerton in response to this decision. The Fullerton City Council entered into a settlement with Pacific Coast Homes in April 2011 and as part of the agreement agreed to hold hearings in response to the project.

 Friends of Coyote Hills refused to comment.

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