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When Will Fullerton Stop Filling Open Space?

September 22, 2002

My husband and I moved to Fullerton 4 1/2 years ago. We were attracted by the open spaces such as Coyote Hills. We were delighted to see so many species of birds, lizards, mammals and, yes, even snakes, on our hikes along the trail bordering Coyote Hills and in other once-open areas around the city.

Imagine our disappointment when Fullerton started a massive campaign to develop all the open areas left in the community.

We don't understand the mind-set of our city's leaders. Aren't the Amerige Heights project, the Turnleaf Homes development project (once another favorite hiking spot) and the apartment complex at Lemon and Amerige enough? We are very concerned with the effect another development will have. Traffic is extremely heavy; schools are overcrowded. Precious resources will be further depleted. The Chevron development at Coyote Hills isn't an expansion of a tax base; it's an increased tax burden to develop and maintain urban sprawl. The three major development projects mentioned haven't even been completed yet.

In viewing a recent "green map" of Orange County, very little open green space is shown in northern Orange County. What does this mean? Are southern Orange County residents more foresighted? Or do they have more clout with political powers?

Helen Higgins

Fullerton

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