The Madrona project has been under review for 13 years with different names and different plans. Nearly all of the stops and starts were requested by the developer.
Due to a legal settlement, the Madrona project is being judged according to the guidelines of the 1986 Brea General Plan, the 1986 Carbon Canyon Specific Plan, and the Hillside Management Ordinance (1994).
In 2001, Brea began a review of its rules regarding development within the City.
Normally a property owner would be held to the most current General Plan, but the Project Applicant sued the City to have its project reviewed under the out-dated rules, since the application was deemed complete in August of 2000 (before the new rules went into place).
Therefore this project is grandfathered in under an old General Plan and a Specific Plan that no longer exists and therefore cannot also be amended.
If the Applicant submitted these plans today, the project could not be approved.