Members of the Village Working Group recently met with representatives of the Save Coto Lifestyle group to learn more about its mission and its petition drive. To learn more about the group’s history, purpose and petition, keep reading.
Save Coto Lifestyle (SCL) is a group of Coto residents and equestrians from all over Orange County who recently created a web site to address the proposed development of the Coto Equestrian Center.
The group was initially formed after its members realized that the Equestrian Center had been targeted by Oak Grove LLC as part of its planned housing development. After attending a meeting that Oak Grove held at the Coto Valley Club, the group became concerned that allowing rezoning of any part of the equestrian center would ultimately lead to its demise. The Save Coto Lifestyle group cites a statistic from the Orange County Register that claims more than 20 equestrian centers in Orange County have been lost to redevelopment in recent years.
This week SCL launched a petition to stop the rezoning of Planning Area 21, which is the parcel outlined in the Coto Specific Plan as ‘Community Center/Commercial’ and includes the land currently occupied by the Equestrian Center, the former Merryhill School, Maxwell Stables and the former General Store. For Oak Grove’s development to progress, rezoning would have to be approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and changes to the Specific Plan would have to be made to allow for residential zoning.