An Orange County Superior Court judge Wednesday upheld the Anaheim City Council's decision not to require an environmental impact report for construction of a church in Anaheim Hills that had attracted angry opposition from homeowners in the area.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proposed building a 24,800-square-foot church and a 50-foot tower on an 11-acre parcel in the 400 block of Fairmont Boulevard. The church will also provide more than 300 parking spaces.
Residents had sought to block the development, contending that it would increase traffic congestion and noise levels and would harm the environment. The group argued that the city should not have issued a permit for its construction without a full environmental impact report.
Church's Studies Cited
But Judge Ronald L. Bauer ruled that the Anaheim Hills Citizens Coalition, the homeowners group that brought the suit, failed to present evidence justifying the need for a full environmental impact report and said that traffic and noise studies commissioned by church officials supported the council's position.