FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 29, 2015
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Agreement Would End Years of Litigation Over Yorba Park
(Orange County, CA) — The Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement to resolve litigation with the City of Orange over a former landfill site at Yorba Park, allowing the property to be more developed and maintained as a city recreation facility.
The proposed agreement, which still must be approved by the Orange County Superior Court, calls for the County to assume responsibility for the landfill gas control system on the property, including monitoring and reporting as well as system operations and maintenance.
As part of the agreement, the City will make improvements to the park to add aesthetic value to the park.
“I’m glad to have helped play a role in bringing the County and the City of Orange together to find a win-win solution for this land after five years of dispute. At the end of the day, it’s the citizens who are going to benefit from this agreement,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, whose Third District includes the city of Orange. “Now that the technical issues are behind us, I look forward to seeing the great things that the City of Orange will do to improve the park.”
“I am very appreciative of the County and in particular Supervisor Spitzer for helping find a positive resolution,” said Orange Mayor Tita Smith. “Given the property’s key location, the City is excited for the future recreational opportunities this agreement will provide.”
The former Yorba Landfill Disposal Station was operated by the County from 1957 through 1960. The landfill closed in 1962 and the property was sold to the city with a restriction that it be used for a park. The City originally operated the acreage as an athletic field but in recent years limited its use as an open field and dog park.
In January 2010, the Orange Redevelopment Agency filed a lawsuit against the city of Orange over the property; the city then filed its claim against the County alleging contamination and other issues. A trial was scheduled to begin on December 7.