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New Development Gets New Website

Curious about what's going on at the corner of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway? Here's the latest on the Rancho Mission Viejo tract.

Rancho Mission Viejo, the sprawling development now under construction just east of San Juan Capistrano, launched a website Monday for people wanting to live, work or play there.

The developer, which also built Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch, expects to have homes for sale as early as mid-2013, according to a press release. It’s South Orange County’s last mega-development, ultimately planned for 14,000 homes.

Owned by the O’Neill/Avery/Moiso family since 1882, the ranch, at 23,000 acres is Orange County’s last working ranch. About 17,000 of those acres will be preserved as open space.

The first phase is called Sendero (path in Spanish), and it includes:

  • Approximately 940 attached and detached homes and 200 apartment homes
  • The gated active adult enclave of Gavilan, providing 285 single-level residences adjacent to a private clubhouse and recreational facilities
  • A  community hall, clubhouse and recreational core for all Sendero residents
  • A 15-acre community park with sports fields and children’s play area
  • Several neighborhood parks and hiking/biking trails with direct access to trails and a trails network leading to downtown San Juan Capistrano, the Mission San Juan Capistrano and south to Doheny State Beach
  • A 10-acre retail plaza, office space, fire station, and child daycare center

Joseph Farley, Capistrano Unified’s superintendent, said at a school board meeting Monday that the first two phases should generate about 500 new students, which can be incorporated into existing schools. After that, the district will have to consider new facilities.

He said the district and the developer are currently wrapping up negotiations to provide for the students generated by the expected 14,000 homes.

Charles December 12, 2012 at 01:54 AM
It's a good thing the 5 and the 405 will be widened to 69 lanes to accommodate the additional traffic.
Nick Newton December 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
There goes the neighborhood.
wschrimp December 12, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Love when they say about 17,000 of those acres will be preserved as open space". In reality, that usually means areas that could not be built on for some reason, which includes creek beds, canyons, and alike. Don't anyone be fooled into thinking that they are doing this out of the goodness of there heart or for preservation. Sidewalks and the patches of grass next to them are also "open space" and most of the time, the area called "open space" are off limits to the public.
Michele Benjamin December 12, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Overdevelopment is never a pleasant subject...especially here in SJC where traffic issues are mounting...
rob h December 12, 2012 at 03:12 PM
AGREE with all the above. It's unforunate that the city (and state) is so money hungary they feel the need to cram as much housing and commercial building in as possible in whatever wilderness we have left, OH!now they have to widen roads, extend the 241 to take care of the traffic issues. They'll work on Ortega and Antonio, then the money/land grabbers and puppets on city councel will feel the need to build more housing then work on roads, then build more housing and now don't forget to build mini-malls to take care of the population explosion. And now we have all these people will start complainiong they have snakes, lizards, coyotes, in their yards. Never ends. Do we have enough water to accommodate all of this? Guess it doesn't matter. For some reason I thought there was a moratorium on building in orange (money hungary at the expense of others) county.
rob h December 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I also love all the contsruction that was done on the off ramp for Camino Capistrano. All of this and there is still just a single lane for left turns where traffic continues to back up when there is hardly any cars in the right turn lane. Sure you made the off ramp longer but traffic is still backing up. Gotta love it.
Charles December 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Another misleading statistic is the population density of Ladera Ranch. Statistically, LR is relatively low density - but you'd never sense that driving around in that community. A higher percentage of the homes there are on lots less than 6000 square feet, many at 4500 square feet. The "low density" statistic relates the number of homes (people) per square mile and many of those square miles are in the periphery surrounding the zoned homes. So, while LR as a whole is low density, the area where the homes are is very high density (streets are packed with cars for example).
Adam Townsend December 12, 2012 at 03:58 PM
You're right. In many cases "open space" includes steep slopes and patches in between housing tracts. In the RMV development, however, the developer is required to set aside a significant amount of real wilderness acreage as a result of a lawsuit by environmental groups. Read more here: http://sanclemente.patch.com/articles/rancho-project-looms-as-resource-suck-for-san-clemente
Pat Bauer December 12, 2012 at 04:07 PM
How do you stop the madness?? We have horrendous traffic issues now. Just imagine what it will be. Does anyone think of more than the almighty dollar?? The ruination of this special town is shameful.
Charles December 12, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Still, even if (or "though") the developers' interests are to make money, advertising and delivering open space is better than providing no open space (such as the land is between Canoga Park and Irvine).
rob h December 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You can't, not with the people that run our city.The almighty dollar apparently is the only thing they think about. Why not fix all of the problems in our city CORRECTLY. What a concept. Once they start this building project with homes, apartments, mini-malls, don't forget adding a gas station or two along with more schools to accommodate all the new families, more road projects, etc. etc. this will never stop. This used to be a great town to talk about to friends, bring friends to visit, this however, will be the past. Thanks to our city.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM
To be clear, the Rancho Mission Viejo project was ultimately approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors, because it's in an unincorporated area, not the city of San Juan Capistrano.
Lon Uso December 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM
You are right Penny although the City had some input and clout early on in the process but nothing was done and now that ship has sailed. Ultimately the ranch has a right to some development but the impacts, especially to water and traffic could have been better mitigated.
Enrayzee December 13, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Just one more reason I desperately want to leave California. The developers and city leaders continue to squeeze the character out of this once wonderful place to live. In addition, the traffic on Ortega Hwy which is bad already is going to be insane once people start to populate the new homes. Really, a bad decision...
rob h December 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It's all about the mighty dollar.

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