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Review Begins for 100-Unit Apartments

An analysis of the project's environmental consequences — which may take as long as a year — began Wednesday.

The environmental review process for a 100-unit apartment complex planned for next to San Juan Hills High School began Wednesday night.

San Juan Capistrano city officials held the first public meeting to discuss how the project, dubbed the Rancho San Juan Apartments, will be scrutinized for its potential environmental impacts and make its way to an ultimate decision before the City Council.

That process could take as long as nine to 12 months, said Keeton Kreitzer, a consultant hired by the city to oversee the environmental review, which will include close analysis on everything from air quality to noise to soils studies to traffic impacts.

“Traffic has been a huge issue in San Juan,” Kreitzer said, promising a “rigorous” review.

Here’s what we know about the proposed apartment complex on a 4.6-acre parcel in its current state so far:

  • 100 units
  • 26 to be affordable housing 
  • The applicant is Woodbridge Pacific Group of Mission Viejo
  • The location is the northeast corner of Vista Montana and La Pata Avenue, on the right as one turns the high school, across from the new Valinda project
  • 284 parking spaces, 100 of those in garages
  • 68 two-bedroom
  • 32 one-bedroom units

The public is invited to submit any concerns or questions about the project to city Associate Planner Nick Taylor at ntaylor@sanjuancapistrano.org.

renee ritchie October 18, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Our once nice "bubble" that we use to call A gem is being bursted and should be called a quagmire. With the widening of La Pata at Ortega travelling south and extending into San Clemente this will become an Ortega Highway. The citizens of San Juan taxed themselves for a Bond that was to "preserve Open Space" one of the problems is with the widening of ortega going South it will take a nice chunk of the "RANCHO MISSION VIEJO RIDING PARK in San Juan Capistrano" entrance and parking with it, I don't care if it is a foot of OS that is ours we are paying for it. However, that was part of the Ranch's obligation with the County that our City had to take on when the property was purchased. Now we have thousands of cars who will be communting from the new development of the Ranch to the high school and beyond but also we are sooo lucky we get 100 more apartments. I am on the Open Space Trails and Equestrian Commission for SJC and a priority for me is our multi-use trails; enhancement/safety/signs So now one of the proposed trails that we have been discussing, which was to go outside the paramenter of the riding park so folks could meander along is pretty much not an option. However, there was and still is one proposed that will run along the south side of the riverbed behind some of the horse stalls, not VERY INVITING. So there ya go, don't know who is looking out for our residents and equestrians. So sad SJC! Yes I am FINALLY VENTING , Trust me this is nothing! Happy Trails?

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