The City’s Planning Commission approved Costco’s application after a public hearing on July 9, 2019. Under the Tustin City Code, Planning Commission decisions can be appealed to the City Council, and a timely appeal was filed by opponents of the project on July 19. The public hearing on the appeal was scheduled on October 15th. Prior to the meeting, the public sent the Council hundreds of messages in support and in opposition to the project, and a number of public speakers spoke to the City Council during the public hearing. At the conclusion of the City Council’s public hearing on the appeal, the City Council upheld the Planning Commission’s decision to approve the application. Under the Tustin City Code, that City Council decision on the appeal was the City’s final decision on the application. Since that time, a court challenge has been filed, and that court case is ongoing.