This conceptual site plan shows an 18-unit development at 2026 Placentia Ave. in Costa Mesa. The Sanitary District has concerns about how a trash truck will enter and exit this 0.78-acre tract. (Courtesy CITY OF COSTA MESA / Daily Pilot / July 25, 2014)

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A benefit of commercial trash, however, is that the company will provide as many pickups as needed, not just one a week.

The Sanitary District may still provide residential trash service to other portions of Westside Gateway that aren't the live-work units. In that scenario, the developer must design a road system that can accommodate the district's large trucks and their required turning radii, Ochiqui said.

District planners say they've already seen problems with Westside Gateway's primary entrance off Superior Avenue. The parking spaces on that road aren't leaving ample room for the trucks.

Ochiqui also sees a problem with the development's decorative street pavers.

CR&R's massive trucks "will chew those up," he said.

"We don't want to be liable [for damage] if you're asking us to go onto your property with heavy trucks," Ochiqui added.

The Sanitary District, though now a more involved player in trash planning, doesn't necessarily have the power to stop a development's approval if the trash situation isn't figured out, Carroll said.

And if a development goes through without a compromise?

"It'll be a nightmare," Carroll said. "It'll be extremely challenging for us. We could make it work, but it would just be extremely challenging."

[For the record, 9:45 a.m. July 28: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the address for a planned development as 2519 Santa Ana Ave. The correct address is 2519 1/2 -- 2525 Santa Ana Ave.]