El Toro: CA's Most Bitter Land Use Controversy

Feature story in Planning Magazine chronicles history and planning or El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in the heart of Orange County.

June 25, 2000, 8:30 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


"The controversy over El Toro is a cautionary tale of making land-use decisions at the polls," writes urban planning author Morris Newman. The feature story in APA's Planning Magazine provides an in-depth look at how transportation planning, environmental concerns and politics have impacted the planning effort to create a new airport on the 4,700-acre former marine base site just east of Irvine. Orange County supervisors have only recently conceeded for the first time that they would consider something other than an Air base on the site.

Thanks to Chris Steins

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