Heeding the advice of City Atty. Richard K. Denhalter, the City Council has delayed action on a proposal for a church and preschool development on Rancho Viejo Road south of the city limits.
When Resco Development of Irvine requested a zoning change for the project on an 11.5-acre lot, the city staff raised several questions about environmental issues such as grading, transportation, air quality and noise.
In December, an environmental administrator found that the proposal complied with California Environmental Quality Act guidelines, and the zoning request was granted. But resident Robert King appealed the decision, saying there were many unanswered traffic and noise questions.
“This project is too loosely defined,” he said. “We have no objection to a church, and we have no objection to the preschool as long as things are defined and limited.”
City Manager George Scarborough said his staff will study the project further and make a report to the City Council at its March 4 meeting.