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Council Backs Plan to Remove Neighborhoods From Project

The Anaheim City Council endorsed a recommendation Tuesday night to revise the boundaries of the Katella Redevelopment Project.

Norm Priest, community development and planning director, had recommended that several residential neighborhoods be withdrawn from the proposed $2.7-billion project after homeowners complained.

The council’s action directs the Redevelopment and Planning commissions to eliminate about 19%--or 4,823 households--from the project.

Neighborhood groups, angry that their areas had been designated as blighted under the plan and fearful that redevelopment would be used as a pretext for Disneyland’s expansion plans, had vowed to fight the project together.

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Twelve neighborhood meetings have been scheduled at high schools to explain the project and to respond to residents’ concerns.


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