North Tustin Campus Enhancement Program
News for Our Neighbors
We have launched this website to keep you up to date and answer your questions about our North Tustin Campus Enhancement Program.
Upon approval by the North Tustin Advisory Committee and the County of Orange, the plan will allow us to consolidate our campus with the adjacent Church of Christ Scientist property, which we have purchased, and will lower the total allowed use on the two properties while expanding our student body.
Currently, the “intensity of use” of these two properties is capped at 520 – our 320-student cap and the church property’s attendance cap of 200. Our request to add 100 students to our campus will lower the total allowed use for the combined parcel to 420.
Our proposal will undergo a review process that provides multiple opportunities for public comment. Once we have addressed all the requirements of Orange County’s planning department and have a complete application, it will be reviewed during public meetings before the North Tustin Advisory Committee and the Orange County Zoning Administrator. We hope the Foothill Communities Association will also review our plan.
We are eager to hear from you. If you need any information, have questions or would like to share something with us, please let us know by contacting our Project Coordinator, Laura Dickinson, at (310) 810-7395 (during business hours) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or by going to the Contact Us section.
WHAT WE ARE PLANNING
Early Childhood Education: In recent years, we have received many requests from parents to expand the early childhood education program on the North Tustin campus. The state limits these programs to a much smaller class size than elementary or junior high classes, so the purchase of the church property will give us the space we need to meet the growing demand for early childhood education.
Additional Students: Increasing our student cap will also allow us to fill classrooms that currently have fewer students than allowed under state requirements.
Performance Venue: Our current auditorium and performing arts venue, Allison Hall, is less than ideal, so we are excited by the opportunity to use the former church’s sanctuary for performances, concerts and events. The room is more welcoming, has better sightlines and, most importantly, offers much better acoustics. We are not planning to have more events, and programs are limited to certain grade levels only, thus limiting the number of people attending events.
New Classrooms: In all, six new classrooms are proposed under this plan. The three proposed for the current Allison Hall will make it possible to expand our early childhood education programs, and an additional three in the church’s Sunday School building will be used for junior high classes.
Improved Traffic Flow: Because we now own the church property, we can use its parking lot for improved traffic flow during drop-off and pick-up hours, so we will be making improvements to relieve congestion during those times, We are also asking the County for permission to install rolling gates at the entrance and exit of the former church property. The gates will be open during drop-off and pick-up hours to facilitate smooth traffic flow and will be closed at all other times.
Timing: With your support, we are hoping to be able to have our enhanced North Tustin campus ready for students in either the fall or spring semester of 2023.
BENEFITS TO OUR NEIGHBORS
No Busy Church: If a growing, active church had purchased the site, the property would become very active. It is not unusual for more than a dozen different groups to meet regularly at local churches from early morning through evening, every day of the week, in addition to the church’s Sunday services.
No Additional Homes: While the church property’s current zoning would make it challenging to build housing on the site, if a developer succeeded in rezoning the site, several homes or even a small apartment building could be built there.
Less Noise: We will continue to not allow any outdoor activities after 6 p.m. on weekdays and to restrict weekend outdoor activities to only a very small number of official school activities held only on Saturdays and only during daylight hours. For example, we have taken great care to design our July 30 Admissions Carnival to keep activities away from adjoining properties and reduce noise from the event. Please contact us to let us know how we did. We also will move and improve the North Tustin Campus’ sound system so the noise level of outdoor announcements will be reduced for our neighbors.
Your Questions Answered
If you are adding students, how can you be reducing the allowed intensity?
Will adding 100 students mean adding 100 more cars to local traffic?
Were churches actually interested in the property?
Were any developers interested in the property?
Since you now have the church’s sanctuary available to you, will you have more evening programs? Will there be more people at those programs?
What will you do to discourage on-street parking during events?
If you are expanding your early childhood program by converting the auditorium to classrooms, why do you need to move three junior high classes to the church’s Sunday school building?
Will a larger student body lead to more playground noise?
Use this section to comment and ask questions. We will get right back to you. If you need any information, have questions or would like to share something with us, please let us know by contacting our Project Coordinator, Laura Dickinson, at (310) 810-7395 (during business hours) or email@example.com, or by filling out the contact form.