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Cow Camp Road Bridge Taking Shape

We’ve been told that the Cow Camp Road bridge that will connect Antonio Parkway to Planning Area 2 (and beyond) is a long bridge — it’s length being necessary to preserve the environmentally sensitive habitat in the watershed below it. The photo below illustrates just how expansive the Cow Camp Road bridge will be when [...]

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LAFCO Convenes Stakeholders for Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita Local Governance Study Areas

We have frequently mentioned LAFCO, Orange County’s Local Agency Formation Commission, in articles relating to South County governance and cityhood. After all, “LAFCO is the most important government agency you have never heard of.” There have been a couple recent developments at LAFCO that illustrate how much the agency is thinking about Rancho Mission Viejo [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4526

Register Article Confirms Details about Planning Area 2: Esencia

We’ve been talking more about Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan lately, and judging by the search results, more of you are looking for information about PA2 as well. We introduced you to Planning Area 2 here, and updated you (and revealed its name, Esencia) here. Below is a map of the full Planning [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4502

Register Article on Downtown Hotel Project

The OC Register has published an article regarding the proposed hotel and townhome project in downtown San Juan Capistrano. It is not behind the paywall, so read the whole article here.

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San Juan Planning Commission Approves “San Juan Hotel & Villas” Project

The OC Register has an article ($) on the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s 3-2 approval of the “other” downtown hotel project: a mixed use development dubbed the “San Juan Hotel & Villas” on a little over 3 acres near the Judge Egan House and the Esslinger Building, and adjacent to Historic Town Center Park. [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4478

A Topographical View of Planning Area 2

Google Maps has a cool new feature where you can tilt the map and get a topographical view of an area. We decided to have some fun and lay the boundaries for Planning Area 2 over a topographical map of the region. Below is the result — note the boundaries aren’t perfect. We were just [...]

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Planning Area 2 Development Update; Esencia Will be Built in Phases

Chatter about Planning Area 2 is beginning to pick up and we are hearing additional details about development plans there. We previously introduced you to Planning Area 2 here, and more recently updated you on PA2 here. Below is a further status update on Planning Area 2:

Planning Are 2 will be known as the [...]

http://www.ranchoortega.com/blog/archives/4417

Property Owner, City Leaders Clash Over New Retail Proposal for “Plaza Banderas” Site

Gretchen Stroscher Thomson owns property in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Her family is one of the ranch owning families on which much of San Juan Capistrano was built. In fact, the famous Walnut Grove restaurant was on her family’s land, as were the actual walnut groves for which the legendary San Juan restaurant was named. [...]

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Updating What We Know About Planning Area 2: The Village of Esencia

We have noticed a sudden, recent uptick in the number of internet searches related to Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan, what Rancho Mission Viejo has named the Village of Esencia.

We are also learning more about Rancho Mission Viejo’s plans for Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan. It is being called “Esencia” [...]

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State of South County: Transportation, Public Safety and Economic Development

Sponsored jointly by the Chambers of Commerce of Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the 2014 State of South County networking luncheon will feature a speech from Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates. In addition to Supervisor Bates’ keynote speech, the lunch event will also feature three panelists discussing the ”Three Pillars [...]