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Status Update on Planning Area 2

Those interested in following the progress at Rancho Mission Viejo’s Planning Area 2 have to do so from afar.  From what we understand, here is the current status of development in Planning Area 2, dubbed the Village of Esencia.  Underway now is phase 2.1 of Planning Area 2, covering 464 acres.  This phase will eventually include 870 residential units, an affordable housing site, and a Capistrano Unified K-8 school that will be named after the community.  We believe all residential parcels in phase 2.1 are already under option by home builders.  Grading on these parcels is in progress with estimated deliveries to the home builders next month.  In addition, crews are working on Cow Camp Road, the primary roadway that will connect Esencia to points west.  Completion of Cow Camp Road, including the bridge segment, is scheduled for the first half of 2015.

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