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Press Release “Announces” the Launch of

New Development Gets New Website” says the headline on the San Juan Capistrano Patch today.  Perhaps Rancho Mission Viejo Company “officially” announcied its newly redesigned web site yesterday, as the Patch article says, although the website first went live a month ago.  Our regular readers knew about back on November 14th when it actually launched.  Some of us even got a sneak peak on November 8th when (we assume) a web developer’s mistake left the beta version of the RMV web site open to the public.  Judging from the content of the Patch article, the RMV press release (which we haven’t seen yet) doesn’t contain much that we didn’t already know about Sendero:

  • 17,000 out of the remaining 23,000 acres will be preserved as open space
  • The Village of Sendero will include approximately 940 homes plus an apartment complex (for a link to all floorplans, see here)
  • Gated active adult community called “Gavilan” which will offer 285 single story homes with private clubhouse and amenities (for speculation on pricing, see here)
  • Community core named “El Prado” that will be at the center of linear parks and feature clubhouses and pools (for more, see here)
  • A new fire station
  • The “Ranch Marketplace” – a 10-acre retail plaza with 100,000 square feet of retail space (for more, see here and here)
  • 15-acre park at the corner of Ortega and Antonio currently called “Sendero Field” that will contain sports fields and and a play area
  • Access to regional hiking and biking trails (more here)
  • Office space and a day care facility

The article does mention that the superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District expects existing schools to absorb the estimated 500 new students resulting from phases 1 (Sendero) and 2.  If so, the predictions we made in this April 6th post about area schools look to have been accurate:

If the current school boundaries depicted in the maps above are retained, most students living in the new Rancho Mission Viejo Village of Sendero will attend Oso Grande Elementary School, Ladera Ranch Middle School and San Juan Hills High School.  It is possible that students living in the apartments on the south/east corner of Ortega and La Pata would be zoned to Harold Ambuehl Elementary in San Juan Capistrano, and Marco Forster near Dana Point for middle school, before returning to San Juan Hills High School.  We are told that there are no new schools contemplated as a result of Planning Area 1, in part because the high number of “age qualified” housing units in Gavilan will not result in a substantial increase in the number of school aged children in the area.

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