Despite an appeal from neighbors, the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved a developer's plan to relocate 70 homes from one part of a planned village community in Laguna Niguel to an adjacent, mostly vacant hillside.
Residents whose homes have a view of the hillside along Alicia Parkway just north of Highlands Avenue were appealing the county Planning Commission's approval of the proposal by Shapell Industries Inc. Supervisors voted unanimously to deny the appeal.
"Those hills had horses on them . . . and it's going to be quite different," said Cynthia O'Neal, a resident who challenged the plan. "It has been a long year for us, and we are very frustrated."
In their vote, supervisors also approved the developer's request to reduce the total number of homes to be built in the project, known as the Country Village Planned Community. By changing some multiple-family buildings into single-family homes in response to market changes, the Beverly Hills firm reduced the total housing units from 5,200 to about 5,000.