Santa Ana City Council responds to criticism of Transit Zone project

The Santa Ana City Council has responded to criticism of their newly approved Transit Zone project with a thoughtful article posted on their website. 

In years past, the City Council would circle the wagons and do anything but communicate with residents.  Things certainly are changing in Santa Ana!

The article appears below.

Santa Ana Gateway the focus of revitalization efforts

June 8, 2010

Santa Ana City Council has given the green light to a sweeping development plan that will enhance the gateway to the city and help revitalize a key downtown corridor that runs from the 5 Freeway to the Civic Center.

By a 4-0 vote, the council approved zoning changes that pave the way for new homes, stores and restaurants between the city’s train station and its downtown Civic Center. The first phase calls for development of Redevelopment Agency-owned vacant land near the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center.

“By approving the Station District project and Transit Zoning Code, we are embracing our role as the only true urban center in Orange County and casting a vision for what the future of Santa Ana will look like,” said Councilman David Benavides. “Over the next two decades this project will serve as a model of urban revitalization and smart planning.”

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