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Orange City Council DENIES Rio Santiago Project on Sully Miller
On June 10, 2014 the Orange City Council voted to uphold the Planning Commission denial of the Rio Santiago development on the Sully Miller site.

Rio Santiago Meeting on May 13
Rio Santiago has been appealed to City Council. Public hearing May 13th at 6:00PM. Even though the Orange Planning Commission unanimously denied the Rio Santiago Project the applicant has the right to appeal the decision to the City Council. Please ask the council members to uphold commissioners vote and deny Rio Santiago.

Recent Articles Gain Attention
Articles have been published on Rio Santiago by the Foothill Sentry in March and April.

Commissioners DENY Rio Santiago
The vote was unanimous that the Orange Planning Commission deny the Rio Santiago Project due to serious concerns. Thank you to the Commissioners to hearing important public testimony and denying the project.

Recent Articles Gain Attention
An article on the Supreme Court hearing the Ridgeline case and the battle over the Sully Miller (Rio Santiago) site are covered by the Voice of OC.

State Supreme Court Grants Review of Ridgeline Case
The Supreme Court of California granted review of the Orange Park and Recreation Association Ridgeline Case versus the County of Orange, et al. See the Press Release and Opening Brief.

2012 Election Results
Volunteers powered the "NO on FF" campaign to stop the Ridgeline project and halt poor planning decisions. The effort was volunteer-driven with the exception of the cost of materials ($53,000) needed for direct voter contact. Consultants or pollsters were not hired and every penny was spent wisely. The opposition spent over $1,300,000 to suppress the vote and buy the election.


Orange Park Acres (OPA) Community Action was created as the action arm of the OPA Board. The goal is to keep our community informed about important information that impacts OPA and develop a strategy to protect OPA’s interests. Below are some of the most critical issues facing our community. Learn more about each issue and get involved.


Sully Miller

Get Involved

Ridgeline has provided recreational opportunities for over 40 years. Developers want
to change the zoning from recreational-open space to residential. Citizens gathered signatures to put on the ballot. Orange voters rejected the Ridgeline project in 2012. The issue is now before the California Supreme Court.

Sully Miller is a former sand and gravel site (110-acres). Proposed mixed-used development:

  • 265 high-density units (24 hour senior facility)
  • 130 tract houses
  • 81,000 sq ft private sports club (field and courts) (average Walmart is 95,000 sq. ft.)
  • Orange Park Acres relies on volunteers, please do what you can to help.


    Between 2006 and 2008 Milan Capital and their investors bought three large parcels in East Orange totaling 168 acres:
    • The Ridgeline Tennis & Golf Club (51 acres)
    • The Sully Miller gravel pit (110 acres)
    • The OPA horse arena (7.6 acres)

    Only 20 of the 168 acres are zoned residential. Download the file Orange Needs Proper Planning.

    Ridgeline is not zoned for houses but is zoned recreational open space.

    Only 12 acres on the Sully Miller site are zoned residential. The remaining 98 acres have been designated Permanent Open Space since 1973.

    The developer wants to disregard all the careful planning that has served the community so well. The proposed mixed-use, high-density project (395 units) does not fit in the surrounding single-family residential and rural neighborhoods.

    Ridgeline Estates

    Voters reject the Ridgeline development. It is now before the California Supreme Court.
    Read more about Ridgeline >>
    No Rio Santiago
    Sully Miller - Rio Santiago
    Four plans that have protected East Orange for over 40 years are now under attack by the developer. Residents have property rights too. Read more about Sully Miller >>

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