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Proposed Southern California State Veterans Cemetery
On May 23, 2017, the City Council took action to receive and file a preliminary analysis of a land exchange for the Veterans Cemetery, provided in this Staff Report.

On June 6, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution 17-39 (by a 3-2 vote) expressing its intent to pursue a mutually satisfactory land exchange with Heritage Fields of the ARDA site for the District 2 site. With the Resolution, the City Council also expressed its intent to convey up to 125 acres of the District 2 site (after the land exchange) to the State for the purpose of creating the Southern California Veterans Cemetery.

The parcels, both on the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and both just outside the boundaries of the Orange County Great Park, are about equal in size. The map here shows the two sites – the City-owned ARDA site in the northern part of the map, and the Heritage Field “A-B-C” site in the southern part of the map.

City staff is proceeding with City Council direction for the land swap, with subsequent City Council updates on next steps and related approvals in the coming months.

State Funding and Next Steps for a State Veterans Cemetery

Governor Brown signed the FY 17-18 State budget including the following budget allocations and direction related to the Southern California Veterans Cemetery:
  • Authorizes CalVet to acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery at the Bake Parkway site.
  • $500,000 for CalVet to complete site studies, concept plan and Phase I cost estimates for the District 2 site (“Bake Parkway Site” referred to by the State) 
  • Authorizes CalVet to submit a pre-application requesting Federal Cemetery Grant funds. CalVet indicates it intends to submit the pre-application by the July 1, 2018 deadline.
  • $5 million transfer to the Southern California Veterans Cemetery Master Development Fund

CalVet will prepare its pre-grant application requesting Federal grants funds for the District 2 site concurrent with the City’s steps to implement the land exchange.

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