MISSION VIEJO : Neighbors Appeal Auto Shop Approval

Members of a local homeowners group are appealing a recent Planning Commission decision to approve building an auto repair shop in their neighborhood.

A Nov. 25 date has been scheduled for the City Council to hear the Cordova Homeowners Assn. oppose a proposed 4,900-square-foot repair shop in the Crown Valley Retail Center at Marguerite Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway.

On Oct. 7, planning commissioners narrowly approved plans for the auto center, which were submitted by the Mission Viejo Co., a major developer and the city's largest landholder.

Since that 3-2 vote, about 150 residents have sent letters to the city to complain about the potential noise and traffic problems posed by the auto center.

"We have homes within 150 feet of that location," said John Cussen, the association's manager, who added that an auto repair shop "is something that should be a freeway-industrial use, not residential."

Cussen said the association "plans to rally our homeowners. We will be well represented" at the appeal hearing.

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