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Sully Miller PlanThe 110-acre former sand and gravel operation has 12 acres of land zoned for residential development. The developer and investors are proposing high-density housing in areas designated for years as Open Space. This would require MAJOR changes to the Orange General Plan and significant zone changes. There are 12 acres north of the creek zoned for houses.

On the Sully Miller site there are 12 acres zoned (R-1-8) for houses. We support the property rights of the developer and acknowledge that they have a right to build homes in that area. However residents have property rights too. The remaining 98 acres have been designated Permanent Open Space since 1973. The developer wants to disregard all the careful planning that has served the community so well and is proposing a high-density, mixed-use planned community in single-family residential and rural neighborhoods. They want a 265 unit Senior Assisted & Skilled Nursing 24-hour Facility, 130 homes and a private sports club with fields and courts. The impacts from this development simply cannot be mitigated.

The OPA Specific Plan, the Santa Ana River/Santiago Greenbelt Plan, the East Orange Community Plan and Santiago Creek Implementation Plan have protected East Orange for over 40 years and are now under attack by the developer who wants to rewrite them for financial gain to satisfy their out-of-town investors. These plans were carefully crafted by dedicated citizens and adopted by the City of Orange and the County. They are the cornerstones that have helped to make these Orange communities unique.

PDF Sully Miller - Rio Santiago Information - Learn about the long history of this project, the development proposal and changes that must occur to our city's and OPA's governing documents to allow the development to happen. (130 KB - PDF)

OPA Win-Win Plan
Position Statement - The OPA Board and Real Estate Committee reviewed the development proposals for both Ridgeline and Sully Miller and outlined its position in this statement. (12 KB - PDF)

project map
View the development proposal map for the Sully Miller site. (404 KB - PDF)

City council
PDF May 14, 2009 - The City of Orange releases a Notice of Preparation for the Sully Miller development along Santiago Canyon Road. (59 KB - PDF)

opa materials

PDF June 9, 2009 Letter - From OPA President Tom Davidson outlining concerns about the proposed Sully Miller development. (33 KB - PDF)


Voice of OC - Activists, Developer Gear Up for Housing Battle in Orange, January 14, 2014
Los Angeles Times - Development OK Reversed by Orange, November 26, 2003


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