Wed. Mar 29th, 2023

The Santa Ana Planning and Building Agency fired back today at those who are trying to force the City of Santa Ana to turn the vacant OCTA terminal building into permanent housing for the homeless.   The Planning Agency  sent a memo to City Manager Paul Walters, that you can read here, explaining in great detail why this is a very dumb idea.  Walters, in turn, sent that memo to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

The memo makes it clear that the City of Santa Ana wants to do its share to end homelessness, but the OCTA bus terminal building simply is not an appropriate place to shelter the homeless, for a number of reasons, including:

  • The suggested usage does not conform to the City’s General Plan – or zoning
  • The required building code upgrades would be very costly and challenging
  • Housing the homeless in this building will not improve conditions in the Civic Center
  • The housing plan will jeopardize pedestrians
  • Santa Ana Blvd. is already a barrier to pedestrian traffic from the Civic Center to the Downtown area
  • Community and business input has NOT been considered by the County of Orange

Again, click here to read the Planning Agency’s memo.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

3 thoughts on “OCTA bus terminal is no place for the homeless, according to city planners”
  1. First of all, this depot should have never been shut down.

    Now, consider that Moorlach likes the idea and he’s termed out in two years — but Janet’s gonna get re-elected as Solorio/Correa lost all their funds (their own fault) and it’s her District. So what better a place for it considering Moorlach hates her and isn’t above dropping a group of grimy, schizophrenic, mental cases on her doorstep.

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