San Tan ford is now known as San Tan, but its former name is a big deal
SANTA ANA, Calif.
— A landmark court ruling Wednesday could force the closure of San Tan Ford in the future.
San Tan Fords construction company filed suit against the city of Santa Ana, arguing that the city’s zoning law should be changed to make it a historic district.
The court ruling came after the city voted to end construction on the road that once connected the former San Tan building on the corner of Aliso Viejo Avenue and San Pablo Avenue.
The company had been seeking approval to build the new home for its construction and had hired consultants to do the research, the Santa Ana City Council said in a statement.
The city also said it would hire consultants to make a report on the feasibility of the project.
But in an opinion published by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Judge David S. Cohen said that the existing zoning law does not allow for the construction of a house of worship and the city must amend its zoning code to make the new house a historic neighborhood.
“San Tan’s historic district would become a site that would attract a large number of future residents,” Cohen wrote.
“The new house is not a historic site, it is a property of the City of Santa Angeles.
It is also a property subject to significant future development.”
The ruling, which was made public Wednesday, means that a house could not be built in San Tan’s historical district without the approval of the city and state.
The state’s historic designation can be revoked if it is not compatible with the needs of a community, but that is not required for a building that is a historic structure, Cohen wrote in his opinion.
SanTan’s lawsuit is one of a number filed by San Tan residents in an effort to preserve the area and its history.
Other lawsuits include one by the city in 2011 to prevent construction of an outdoor plaza that would be the site of a planned community center.