2019 Community Meeting and Updates
Community Meeting on Landscape Renovation 2019
The City of Orange held a meeting on September 9, 2019 regarding renovations in Santiago Hills. Below are links to the presentation materials and handouts.
Maintenance Service Level Restorations
As a result of the increased maintenance funding levels, in October 2015 the annual contract with Nieves Landscape, the company which provides landscape maintenance in Santiago Hills was increased to provide appropriate landscape maintenance service levels. Since then, Nieves Landscape has removed many dead shrubs throughout the District and is continuing with removals on an as-needed basis. Other landscape maintenance service levels are being evaluated to determine what increased frequencies, fertilization, etc., would be appropriate. Due to drought conditions and mandated water restrictions, much of the turf in the medians in Santiago Hills has suffered and died back and some of the trees have shown signs of stress. City staff is working with Nieves to direct irrigation to the trees while eliminating irrigation to the turfed areas, in an effort to preserve the substantial investment that the tree canopy in the District represents. City staff will continue to look at ways to manage the existing landscape until such time that the landscaped areas can be renovated. Click here for the current landscape maintenance contract.
In December 2015, the City approved a contract with West Coast Arborists (WCA) to provide regularly scheduled tree trimming services for the District. The contract also provided an increase to the frequency from every three years to every two years for individual trees to be trimmed. This should ensure that the tree inventory stays healthy and aesthetically pleasing, as well as reducing the concern over fallen trees during wind events. WCA has already removed approximately 40 dead trees throughout the District and is continuing removals as needed. Click here for the current tree maintenance contract.
District Landscape Watering Update
On August 9, 2016, the Orange City Council adopted Resolution No. 10961 rescinding some aspects of the water restrictions for Orange water users. This was a result of latitude given to water agencies to maintain a water conservation effort consistent with local water supply. The significant change made to the Orange water restriction was the removal of the specific days of the week for irrigation. In line with this new water restriction, the frequency of irrigation has been increased in the parkway and paseo areas of Santiago Hills , as well as at Santiago Hills Park. It is important to note that the State prohibition of irrigating turf on public street medians remains in effect, so continuation of no watering of the medians remains unchanged.
For more information regarding the current water restrictions, please click here.
If you would like additional information regarding the Santiago Hills Landscape Maintenance Assessment District, please contact Nathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.