The City Council has approved plans for a 10-acre shopping center that some residents say will provide needed services and others say will result in traffic and noise problems.
The 94,700-square-foot development, approved by a 4-1 vote this week, will include a Ralphs supermarket, a service station, a day-care center and retail shops. The council had to approve a special permit for the market, service station and day-care center.
A group of residents, among 800 who signed a petition in favor of the project, said the shopping center at La Palma Avenue and Via Lomas de Yorba East will fill a void in that part of town.
"We need a neighborhood commercial center in east Yorba Linda," said resident Ken Ryan.
Supporters also pointed to congestion and inadequate parking at the area's other shopping center at New River and Yorba Linda Boulevard that could be relieved by the new project.