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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. 

Sunshine February 16, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Someone should tell the future homebuyers how high their water bills are going to be and how much traffic they'll have to sit in to get anywhere in this town.
Donna Fleming February 16, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Sunshine...should be a required disclosure.
rob February 17, 2014 at 09:56 AM
Way to go city council. Let's ruin the city even more, with more housing, traffic congestion. WE KNOW ITS ALL ABOUT THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR> IT'S OBVIOUS THIS COUNCIL DOES NOT CARE ABOUT THIS CITY OR THE PEOPLE. Can't wait to see what Ortega looks like in the morning. "NOT" OH! And where is the water coming from for these homes and all the other homes? We need people on the city council that REALLY CARES about this city and aren't blinded by money.
jim capistrano February 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM
...we're running out of water....we're running out of electricity...we're running out of viable street traffic...the only item we seem to have plenty of is mouthy local politicians. Why is SJC so lucky?
Mark Speros February 17, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Since the developer is now requiring ALL traffic (32 homes + 50 equestrian) to now access through Ave. Siega (before it was directly off Ortega). Can't the city at least require a traffic light at Ave. Siega and Ortega? Imagine those horse trailers & related big rig/double trailers of hay trying to turn west bound on Ortega! Worse yet, taking Calle Arroyo past all our parks and through residential tracks to get to La Novia and a signal!
rob February 17, 2014 at 01:33 PM
Mark, just another demonstration how this city council doesn't think things through.
Sunshine February 17, 2014 at 03:01 PM
I would qualify that to say the council majority (including Allevato, Taylor, and Kramer) doesn't think through things. Although, they ARE told what to think by the developers. They've never met a developer they didn't take a "donation" (aka developer investment $$) from and then favors to fulfill.
Donna Fleming February 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Sunshine... the long list of developers, donating to the "Sam is Grand" fund is long and large. The quid pro quo system has got to go. How all of the residents of SJC could continue to go along with this is beyond me.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 17, 2014 at 03:59 PM
The property is zoned for development, 32 homes if I recall correctly.
rob February 17, 2014 at 07:47 PM
In the news today just in Carlsbad alone, they are having to spend over $1 billion dollars in order to turn salt water into drinking water for 3.1 million people, however by 2016 it will only be servicing 300 thousand people. That's 7% of water required. Then there is Santa Barbara that is restarting their system at $20 million. This is a multibillion dollar effort to having water for California. And yet, our infamous city leaders wish to keep building homes. Who do they think will be footing the bill for all of this? Doesn't matter what it's zoned for. Development needs to stop until we have plenty of water and less congestion. Idiots
Donna Fleming February 20, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Thank you Rob. We need a moratorium on building new homes. There is not enough water.
Jonathan Volzke February 20, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Roy Brynes voted for it. Is he on the take, Donna? Is he an "idiot" Rob? Sunshine, did Roy not think it through?
Donna Fleming February 20, 2014 at 05:06 PM
JV,, there is not enough water for new developments in the San Juan Basin. If Roy voted for it, I would say it was a mistake. We all make them. But since we now know there is not enough water, should we continue to build homes?
Jonathan Volzke February 20, 2014 at 05:20 PM
Donna, I just wanted to see how hypocritical you could be. Sam's on the take, an idiot, etc. Roy votes for it and he 'made a mistake.'
rob February 20, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Idiot? Apparently. So JV you agree Roy made a mistake?
Jonathan Volzke February 20, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Rob, I'm just clarifying whether the comments applied to all who supported the project. If yours does, great.
Richard April 01, 2014 at 06:06 PM
If a property is zoned for residential, the property owner has the right to develop the property. If you don't like development, feel free to purchase the property and keep it "undeveloped".
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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