Over 120 homeowners and parents spoke out Thursday night at a City of Aliso Viejo workshop, against a proposal that would turn a vacant commercial lot into a zone for high-density housing. The lot at 4 Orion near Aliso Viejo Christian School is the smaller of two being considered by the city for zoning that would allow 30-50 units per acre of apartments. The second space is at 2C Liberty,” according to the Aliso Viejo Patch.
It is going to be tough for the people of Aliso Viejo to stop this rezoning. And they’re City Council appears to be MIA, except for Councilman Ross Chun, who was the only member of the council to attend the meeting. Mayor Carmen Cave left after a brief introduction, according to the Aliso Viejo Patch, citing possible violations of state law if her opinion were prejudiced by the workshop. She did not say what state law she might be breaking.
Cave also incorrectly informed the community, during the last Aliso Viejo City Council meeting, that the City Council members could not meet with businesses or community members because it would constitute “Ex Parte Communication.” But if she is correct, then Mayor Cave may have violated this law herself as she allegedly participated in this very kind of communication with a business owner last Friday.
And there appears to be evidence that a developer is in talks with the Council about the high density zoning for the Orion lots. But none of that information has been made public.