City of Anaheim
The City of Anaheim, through a property lease agreement with the Orange County Water District, developed a 14 acre passive recreation/nature park within an existing 125-acre ground water percolation basin/wildlife habitat area called Anaheim Coves. The project is located in an area which is designated by the City’s General Plan as a “park deficiency zone.” Nearly 4,000 residents live in the immediate project site and do not have adequate “natural recreational” venues. The project is a significant recreational component for a new development called the Platinum Triangle that, at build-out, will increase the area’s population by 30,000 residents. There is a 7 mile gap in the Santa Ana River Trailhead facilities with the closest trailhead 2.8 miles away, but has no parking lot and the next trailhead located 5.1 miles northeast has a two-hour parking limit. This park with trail heads meets these goals as well as community needs.
Orange/Chapman Channel 3, 6 Partnership
City of Orange
The City of Orange and it’s “neighbor,” private, non-profit Chapman University teamed up to save the city’s Peg Channels–specifically the government Channel 3, which airs the city’s city-council and planning-commission meetings and Channel 6, the city’s local-production channel, which runs and produces programming about the residents, places and events in the City of Orange. Working together this past fall, and rather quickly, the city and Chapman secured the approvals, and effective January 1, 2011 entered into a long-term agreement for Chapman and its TV Program and TV students to put the city’s government meetings on the air, and to build and take over the local-production channel from Time Warner.
Planned Communities Reimbursement Agreement
OC Public Works
The Planned Communities Reimbursement Agreement (PCRA) program is a public/private partnership that provides for an expedited, comprehensive development review process by the County of Orange. The program covers all phases of development including Planning Entitlements, Subdivisions, Grading and Building Permits. The purpose of the project is to provide private industry with an option for enhanced service in a manner that facilitates and supports economic growth within the County. The current participants include: the County of Orange, Rancho Mission Viejo, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and consultant review teams (Atkins, Bureau Veritas, Tate and Associates and Wildan) and is available to any planned community applicant.
Ortega Highway Widening Project
OC Public Works
This project is to widen the Ortega Highway from two to four lanes from the Orange County, City of San Juan Capistrano boundary to approximately 1,900 feet east of the Antonio, La Pata intersection. The goal of this project was to bring this roadway to current standards with safety, functionality and aesthetics in mind. The primary purpose was to expedite the implementation of the project through innovative features, while providing traffic congestion relief, safer access to the general public and specifically San Juan Hills High School students, as well as the Prima Deshecha Landfill operations. The project is recognized for extensive collaboration between public agencies and private partners, including a diverse array of an experienced team of consultants. The project is impressive for transforming a nearly century old alignment with eclectic improvements over the years to a “state of the art” highway with natural features for drainage and water quality, noise attenuation, and regional trails, all while enhancing the scenic highway beauty.
Breaking Down Barriers
Orange County Transportation Authority
Partnering with more than 30 organizations spanning local, state and federal agencies, business groups, environmental community, labor, higher education, and other diverse organizations, OCTA launched the “Breaking Down Barriers” initiative two years ago to bring together local and national leaders in the transportation industry to identify opportunities for expediting transportation projects to create jobs. The national initiative identified more than two dozen changes to federal law that will help accelerate the project delivery process without sacrificing the environment and create more than 800,000 jobs in the U.S. The goal of the project is the focus the federal process on outcomes and modernize cumbersome processes to focus federal actions towards improving transportation systems.