Development of West Coyote Hills will threaten our water quality. Development increases impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs, preventing water from seeping into the soil. Soils compacted by urban development can also be highly impervious. This affects the quantity and quality of our water. Since water is not allowed to drain naturally into the soil, the chances for flooding increase with heavy rains. Rain water become runoff rather than recharge our aquifers. Worse yet, the runoff wash pollution and debris from our cities into our streams and oceans. All of this degrades the habitat that depends on the local water too.
Destroy a Critical Habitat
Development will destroy a critical habitat. Habitat will be lost, degraded and fragmented. Even though Chevron-Pacific Coast Homes has pledged that only 280 acres of the 510 acres of West Coyote Hills will be developed, 230 acres of critical habitat will be lost! The hills will be scraped and graded. Plants and wildlife will be destroyed in the process, and will need to bounce back in an even smaller area.
The remaining open space will be fragmented by the new housing tracts and streets making it difficult if not impossible/deadly for wildlife to make their way from one area to another. Some areas of open space may be in effect completely isolated.
Development adds 3 miles of urban edge to the habitat, making predation of the birds and small animals by household pets likely. Non-native species will invade the habitat.
The remaining 280 acres of “open space” is inadequate for sustaining a viable habitat for the wildlife at West Coyote Hills. Don’t let the numbers mislead you.
Burden our infrastructure
Development will burden our already overtaxed infrastructure. No new schools will be built, so overcrowding of our schools is a real issue. In addition, the City of Fullerton has recently assessed a new sewer fee for its residents to help bring its deteriorated sewer system up to par. The City estimates it will have to spend approximately $133 million to replace half the city’s aging sewers. Adding 760 homes to the already cracking, crumbling system is not going to help.
The development of West Coyote Hills will be a traffic nightmare for the community. More than 9,300 daily car trips will be added to our streets from the proposed development. But there’s more … The below are highlights of current, planned or pending development projects underway just in the City of Fullerton. Using a very conservative estimate (and not counting many of the projects shown here because data was not available), more than 21,000 new daily car trips will result from these other developments.