The city recently bought 10 acres of land from Southern Pacific Transportation Co. that might be used to widen Imperial Highway.
The land runs alongside Imperial Highway between Rose and Lemon drives in Yorba Linda. The city spent $1.5 million on the land.
City officials said there will be a ballot initiative in 1998 to determine whether residents favor widening Imperial Highway. If residents reject the widening plan, the land will be used for a recreational trail.
Councilman Mark Schwing cast the lone vote against the purchase, saying he needed more information on the land sale.