MURRIETA: Residents score big win in city hall fight
Residents who live near golf course in Murrieta successfully
sued to defeat approval of an apartment complex near their homes.
Aaron Claverie, June 30, 2015
residents who fought city hall over the approval of an apartment
complex scored a big victory recently.
County Superior Court Judge Sharon Waters ruled earlier this
month that the city failed to adequately study how the 112-unit
complex slated for land at the southwestern corner of the
Golf Club at Rancho California would impact the areas
waterways and the traffic situation on surrounding streets.
also sided with residents who said there may be issues that
arise from relocating the tee area at the fourth hole of the
course, which the developers planned to reconfigure to accommodate
cant say I was expecting all the different topics that
came up in the judgment, said Murrieta City Planner
ruling, which was handed down June 12, effectively spikes
the citys January 2014 approval of the project. Kinser
said the council at some point will have to formally rescind
its approval but she wasnt sure when that decision would
the developer, Golden Eagle Multi-Family Properties of Irvine,
wants to revive the plans, it will need to pay for a full
environmental impact report and once again seek approval from
Eagle was looking to build one-, two- and three-bedroom units
in six, three-story buildings. The complex was to include
a swimming pool, tennis courts, clubhouse and gym.
was called a beautiful, first-class community
by Golden Eagles John Capelli.
residents called it an unwanted intrusion into their lives
that would mar the playability of the course, jam area roads
that already strain from too much traffic and eliminate their
banded together shortly after hearing about the plans and
fought it when it appeared before the city Planning Commission
and the council, which voted 4-1 with Mayor Harry Ramos dissenting
to approve it.
felt at that time, We are being taken for a ride,
said Escondido-based land use attorney Everett Delano, who
represented the residents in their lawsuit against the city
and the developer. Theres a bit of, can I really
fight city hall?
filing laid out multiple concerns with how the city studied
the project. Waters, by and large, agreed with many of the
issues raised in the suit, saying the city did not follow
the proper procedures for a review and downplayed some items
that should have been more deeply probed.
said that all along, Delano said. You cant
do it this way.
said she hasnt yet heard if developer plans to try again.
Golden Eagle did not respond to multiple messages for comment.