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Council to Consider 32-Home Development at The Oaks

The plans would keep -- albeit shrink -- the equestrian facilities.

Some of the architectural styles proposed by Davidson Communities for The Oaks. Courtesy the city of San Juan Capistrano.
Some of the architectural styles proposed by Davidson Communities for The Oaks. Courtesy the city of San Juan Capistrano.

The San Juan Capistrano City Council is set to consider approving a 32-home development at the city of The Oaks, once owned by Joan Irvine Smith of those Irvines.

Located off Ortega Highway at 31000 Avenida Siega, the Oaks is currently a 20-acre horse jumping, training and breeding facility founded by Smith. 

Developer Davidson Communities of Del Mar plans to keep the equestrian facilities, although reducing their capacity in half to 50 horses.

“The center will continue to offer equestrian training and boarding. Some of the existing equestrian structures will be demolished and approximately 296 trees will be relocated on the site,” says a staff report in describing the project. “Three new structures are proposed within the equestrian facility, including an employee casita, ranch house and barn.”

The homes themselves are planned for lots at least 10,000 square feet. The design style evokes ranch-equestrian-farmhouse themes.

Davidson is the third builder to try to develop the property since Irvine put it on the market in 2011.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto in San Juan Capistrano. 

rob April 01, 2014 at 06:14 PM
Typical, Richard. Are you thinking it through?
Richard April 01, 2014 at 06:36 PM
Rob, I feel that as long as all zoning and development standards are met, outside agencies approve (including utilities, school districts, OCFA, etc.), and CEQA is followed, a property owner has certain rights to develop their property.
rob April 01, 2014 at 06:43 PM
So explain where the waters coming from, what about additional smog, congestion,, it's a never ending circus. I do agree that a property owner has rights, I don't have to agree with someone wanting to destroy the environment even more. It won't stop as long as there is a square foot to build on. Nice they are widening Ortega, however when it comes into town the lanes narrow again causing congestion. Then with all the building, will they feel the need to widen it even more to drop into Los Angeles? oops! I mean San Juan?
Richard April 01, 2014 at 07:38 PM
Rob, here is a link to the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project which details the proposed mitigation measures for the environmental effects you are concerned with (including traffic). Click on the second from top "MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION- City of San Juan Capistrano" to open up the PDF document. http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org/Search.aspx?sa.x=9&sa.y=13&sa=Search&cof=FORID%3A11&q=the%20oaks&cx=011757341007860203451%3Apobreval7jm
rob April 01, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Of course it's going to have an impact. How do they think it won't? Bottom line, It's all about money.

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