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FOCUS: ORANGE COUNTY COMMUNITY NEWS

Seal Beach

November 16, 1998|Harrison Sheppard, (714) 966-5977

The fate of the Bixby Ranch project could be decided Tuesday when the City Council reconvenes a public hearing on controversial development plans for the 218-acre property.

The Bixby Ranch Co. is seeking council permission to build a commercial and retail center, along with senior living facilities, a 3,500-seat church and expanded golf course along Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue. At last week's hearing, numerous neighbors spoke out against the plan, mostly because of the traffic it would generate.

But City Council members said that despite the overwhelming opposition to the project, they believe the alternative would be worse: Bixby's "default plan" means developing the property as much as possible without a zone change, resulting in three separate commercial parcels and even more traffic.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 211 8th St.

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