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Saddleback Church Seeks New Home For San Clemente Flock

City Planning Commission will decide whether to give a permit to allow Saddleback Church of San Clemente to hold services at 1311 Calle Batido.

The Planning Commission will discuss Wednesday whether can build a new place of worship in San Clemente.

On June 6, commissioners are scheduled to consider a permit that would allow the Lake Forest-based megachurch to use land at 1311 Calle Batido for a church facility and associated parking.

Located in the Talega Business Park, the site currently houses a vacant lot, a parking lot and a two-story, 89,544-square-foot office building, originally occupied by medical research company Quest Diagnostics.

Saddleback Church's congregation in San Clemente currently meets at , at 700 Avenida Pico.

If commissioners approve the permit, the church would operate on both floors of the south half of the office building, according to the city staff report.

Church officials estimate the building, after remodeling, would hold 916 parishioners. It also would provide Sunday school nursery space for 110 children and seven Sunday school classrooms for as many as 462 children.

The church also plans to build a 166-space parking lot on the vacant land on site to increase available parking to 466 spaces.

City staffers recommend that city officials approve the permit.

To read the city staff report on the item, click here.

Other Business

  • Officials will also vote on whether to recommend that the City Council vote to lower the speed limit on the portion of Avenida Pico between El Camino Real and Calle De Los Molinos. Following the results of a traffic speed survey, city staff supports lowering the limit from 40 mph to 35 mph. To read the staff report on the item, click here.
  • Jim Kempton, executive director of the San Onofre Foundation, is scheduled to give a presentation on the organization.

The meeting takes place at 6 p.m. at San Clemente City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio, in council chambers. To see the full agenda, click here.

Lindsey Hanson June 06, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Didn't this church nearly go bankrupt just a few years ago? Rick Warren was begging the congregation for cash to keep it afloat? An all too familiar scenario for meg churches (theft, manipulation and scandal oh and taking advantage of the weak). Now he wants to build a new mega church in San Clemente? Looks like he's looking for more sheep to fleece. Hey folks, you don't need a mega church with bells and whistles. Your very own Deity Christ was totally against it. It should be a major red flag when the leaders of you your socialist religion fleece the people and build castles rather than taking care of the less fortunate.
Pastor Pondo Vleisides June 07, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Welcome Saddleback! If people only knew members only give 1%, and that the wealthy subsidizes the poor, whom are the less fortunate, whom are the church members. Jesus gathered thousands and feed them too, our Diety. Lindsey, the church is not building a new building but taking over an empty building. We need church partners to help the less fortunate in San Clemente. I believe also, actions speak louder then word, buildings or even mega churches. In San Clemente, we are being OVERTAKEN by drugs, alcohol, and financial brokenness. Saddleback has some great programs. The CUSD is asking for 50 million dollars for this years budget alone, that's not from building too many schools but the current recession, which is not caused by "the Church" but the lack of spending discipline by almost every American. GOD BLESS SADDLEBACK CHURCH OUR ACTIONS DO SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Sr. Pastor, Talega Life Church, Preschool, Afterschool, Hunger Bank
Lindsey Hanson June 07, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Thanks for the reminder, I forgot to add using scare tactics to my list of religious manipulation. You don't need God to make good decisions. Nor do you need Jesus to help the poor or downtrodden. Any where on Earth did you come up with the idea that someone was accusing the Church for the recession? Actions do speak louder than words, like fraud, molestation, and manipulation.

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