The two-year controversy between Laguna Niguel community members and Euland Capital Enterprises, LP — the developers of the proposed SunPointe Development of 71 single-family homes — could reach its end point at the City Council’s next meeting, on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The proposed SunPointe project — a development of 71 single-family homes to be built between Avenida Del Caballo and Saddleback Church — has been met by opposition from nearby residents. Those against the SunPointe project primarily do not agree with the Laguna Niguel Planning Commission’s decision in September to allow 71 single-family homes instead of a 53-home alternative, or the original plan of 35 homes.
“The community’s issues are far deeper and broader regarding 71 homes being put on a master plan that should be 35,” resident Luke Burson said. “This is the battle we’ve been fighting for our third year, coming to a head on Tuesday.”
The project applicant, Euland, is seeking City Council approval of a general plan amendment to increase the maximum number of permitted units for the site from 35 to 71 units and a zone change from single family district 3 to planned residential district.
Residents oppose the project largely due to overcrowding, traffic and parking concerns. The City Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the approval of the project’s permit Tuesday. The public hearing was originally slated for the council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7, but was pushed back two months due to requests to move the item because of the holiday season.
The public hearing was pushed back a second time on a request by Euland, which had been meeting with members of the Colinas De Capistrano Community Association — who made an appeal against SunPointe’s proposal — and other stakeholders to address traffic and other concerns and needed more time, according to a Euland letter to the city.
Interim Assistant City Manager Debbie Bell said in an email Monday, Jan. 8 there have been no updates regarding the status of the development.
Some 150 residents in nearby communities such as Westridge Estates — a residential community where Burson lives, above the proposed SunPointe development — have been consistently accepting of the 35-home proposal introduced in 2016, he said. It was the unexpected doubling-number of homes last year that upset community members, who felt misled, Burson said.
“Our position is that 71 homes is absolutely wrong when it was zoned for 35,”…