A new name, still a dangerous project. Download a factsheet rebutting the developer's claims this project is good for Brea.
Putting 162 houses on 367 acres of steep, landslide-prone hills in a historic fire corridor exiting onto an already congested two lane road would not be allowed under today's rules.
To accomplish this new urban-like subdivision in rural Carbon Canyon for multi-millionaires the developer will need to:
Build an access road with a 10% grade (the steepest allowed by Brea)
Rearrange (hopefully properly compact) 5 million cubic yards of dirt
Remediate 3 KNOWN landslides
Remove 132 acres of grasslands and woodlands (out of a 367 acre project
Uses 3 % of the city's entire water usage for 162 houses (out of 14,266 total Brea
households) to keep the slope covering fuel modification vegetation alive
Add 6% more traffic to Carbon Canyon Road emptying onto Brea streets without requiring improvements because they are too "burdensome"
Fire Prone Landscaping
This ridge top property has burned four times in the last 33 years. The primary access near Sleepy Hollow burned in the late evening during the Freeway Complex Fire of 2008. Hours later, the secondary emergency access out of Olinda Village also burned. It was blocked by 100 foot tall flames. According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times in June 2012, the best way to predict where fires will occur is look at where they have occurred in the past. New building codes can never assure safety in a wind driven fire which throws flames, embers and heat at anything in its path.
Landslide Prone Terrain
This housing project is located at the top of steep landslide prone slopes in Carbon Canyon next to Chino Hills State Park on the west, acreage owned by Aera Energy, Firestone Boy Scout Reservation on the north, Sleepy Hollow on the east and the congested curvy two lane Carbon Canyon Road on the south. At the toe of the hill, Caltrans has K-rails holding back the hill. Aera and Firestone Scout Reservation are being asked to absorb fuel modification on their property so Madrona can cram in more houses. Fuel modification cannot occur on the state park because of agreements in place that led to its preservation.
The additional estimated 1,620 vehicle trips a day (VTD), 162 houses x 10 VTD that will be added to Carbon Canyon Road (already Level F in the morning and evening) will also spill onto other major streets in Brea (Lambert, Birch, Imperial, Kraemer, etc.). The fact that this road is already gridlocked is especially dangerous since it is the only way in and out of this fire prone and traffic collision prone canyon. Traffic impacts were not analyzed to the east of Valencia, as if the traffic magically evaporates. Because other developments like La Floresta and Blackstone are not yet finished, we still don't have an understanding of whether the mitigations for the traffic impacts from those projects were effective.
Excessive Water Use, Bulldozed Hills, and Destroyed Woodlands
Nearly five million cubic yards of dirt will be moved and nearly 1,400 oak and walnut trees will be bulldozed. This complex, hard to replicate woodland community, will be replaced with mostly one gallon trees requiring a watering regimen that will use many times the average amount of water a typical Brea household uses. Currently the site uses no water. The water rate that the project will enjoy is $3.15 per unit while regular Brea residents will pay $5.70 a unit.
Three Statements of Overriding Consideration (SOC) for a housing project are a terrible precedent for Brea. A Statement of Overriding Consideration is a way that the law allows a jurisdiction to excuse unmitigatable negative impacts by saying that the project brings so much benefit to the city that they will let the community just absorb the bad impacts. With Madrona, they have to make three SOCs for the negative impacts of unhealthy air quality, traffic congestion and destroyed habitat. Brea has never issued three SOCs for a project before, ever. For example, by continuing to issue Statements of Overriding Consideration, Brea just keeps accumulating traffic without making necessary improvements that would relieve congestion.
Mission Viejo landslide costs City
$1.8M for damages to 15 homes.
The 2007 Santiago Fire destroyed
homes in Eastern Orange County.