Popular planning commissioner asked to step down
Orange Planning Commissioner Daniel Correa has been asked to resign that post by Mike Alvarez, the city councilman who appointed him six years ago.
Correa says he will not resign, that Alvarez will have to fire him. “I’m here to serve the community and I’m not going to quit,” he said. “I don’t want the community to think I walked away from this responsibility.”
Alvarez says that he asked for Correa’s resignation because it’s simply “a changing of the guard.” A new city council will be sworn in this month, and council appointees will change.
Correa is a popular planning commissioner known for his thoughtful analysis of projects both routine and controversial. He was, for example, the lone “no” vote against the three-story, 24-units proposed for the Killefer School site. He objected (as did his colleagues) to a virtually blank piece of paper presented to the commission as a “tract map” by a developer seeking preliminary approvals on an unspecified housing development. He opposed the Rio Santiago development on the Sully-Miller property, noting that it was in a dam inundation zone, and that the earthen dam upstream is situated on a fault line. He most recently voted against a six-unit tract map for the horse arena property in Orange Park Acres because it did not address aesthetics, wildlife, soil or how grading would affect neighboring properties.
“I speak for the community,” he said. “This seat I hold does not belong to me. I’m just filling it on behalf of residents.”
A new Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Sully-Miller site, was just released. (Both the Sully-Miller site and the horse arena are owned by Milan Capital.) The project is expected to go before the planning commission early next year. Apparently without Correa.
“I am starting a consulting business to bring new companies to Orange,” Correa advised. “This will elevate the economy and allow me to continue serving the community. Correa Consultants will be available through CorreaConsultants.com, or (714) 497-0118.”