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.

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 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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