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History of CFRD

How CFRD Came To Be

The June 2012 Presidential Primary Election included a measure on the City of Cypress ballot seeking to rezone 33 acres of undeveloped land that used to be part of the South side of the old Cypress Golf Course. Signature gatherers for the Initiative, known as Measure L, were strongly promoting that the development of that land would be for Senior Assisted Living and associated businesses. The Measure passed by a 70% margin.

In April 2013 flyers were distributed to several hundred residents of Cypress alerting them of a “Toxic Trucking Terminal” being built on land that the community thought was going to be used for Senior Assisted Living. This came as a BIG surprise and got the ire up of many local residents living close to the proposed site.  On the flyer an email address titled NeighborsAgainstGridlock invited response to learn more and so began a grassroots movement to stop a trucking terminal from being built in our community. Email correspondence between a small number of people turned into strategy meetings and Citizens for Responsible Development was born.

The twenty-some-odd member strong group (now 60+ and growing) overwhelmingly elected Cypress resident Steve Mauss as Director, a position he accepted so long as he could choose Cypress resident George Pardon as Assistant Director. 

The main focus of CFRD was trying to move Prologis away from developing a distribution center on the rezoned Measure L land.

But looming around the corner before the Measure L property fight, was an upcoming ballot initiative called Measure A.

Measure A was designed to rezone the North side of the old golf course as well as an additional 11 acres just North of Costco. CFRD members mobilized to distribute over 7000 fliers denouncing Prologis and Measure A. They also attended City Council Meetings in mass to protest and question the non-transparency of the Prologis land purchase and development plans and to raise objections to similar language in Measure A that allowed the Prologis incident to occur. 

Through a series of meetings and negotiations (with Prologis, the golf course land owner, and each member of the Cypress City Council) CFRD was able to effectively help put into place 2 deed restrictions that made sure that should Measure A pass, the North side of the old Cypress Golf Course could only be used for residential homes and that the 11 acres North of Costco would be restricted in use as to avoid another Measure L fiasco.  CFRD hired an independent lawyer, (Mr. Chuck Krolikowski of Newmeyer and Dillion), to verify that the deed restrictions were enforceable. With these deed restrictions in place CFRD now encourages a YES vote on Measure A for the betterment of residents of both communities of Cypress and Los Alamitos.

It is our belief that should the North end of the old Cypress Golf Course be built up as a residential community the Prologis development would scale back significantly in any plans that would be damaging to the larger community.

Going forward it is the hope and desire of CFRD to actively participate in local government and to be a positive force in the long term responsible development of our community.