Much of the housing debate in Anaheim has centered on the 2.2-square-mile Resort District. Disney and tourism officials say they are not opposed to the notion of creating more low-cost housing, but they believe the resort should be dedicated to tourism and the enormous tax revenue it yields.
"The community needs to address housing for all segments of the community," said Disney spokesman Rob Doughty. "We've never said it's not an important issue. But we also need to protect the resort area as the largest single source of funds for Anaheim."
Religious coalition leaders say they are staying out of the high-profile housing fight in the Resort District, partly because some members have sided with Disney and others don't believe the entertainment giant can be beaten in the courts or at the ballot box.
Instead, they are concentrating on the Platinum Triangle, a sprouting urban village where about 9,000 homes are planned within five to 10 years.
None of those units have been designated as "affordable." But the Platinum Triangle land next to Angel Stadium is in the city's redevelopment zone and developer Archstone-Smith and Hines has plans for up to 1,100 apartments, 20% of which could be available to low-income families.
The potential glitch is that under terms of the Angels' 1996 stadium lease, homes must be approved by the team owner, now Arte Moreno. Councilman Harry Sidhu said he was not opposed to building low-cost homes on the stadium property, but sees it as unrealistic.