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An Introduction to Planning Area 2

With the success of Sendero (originally known to some of us as Planning Area 1), Rancho Mission Viejo is already working on Planning Area 2:

For those who are just starting the home shopping process, Rancho Mission Viejo would still welcome you out. As Johnson explained, “We’re already working on Planning Area 2 to begin [...]

Let’s Not Forget the Outpost

We haven’t focused a lot on the Outpost — the portion of Sendero that lies east of Antonio Parkway. That’s not intentional. The Outpost is not a copy of “mainland” Sendero banished to the opposite side of a six lane parkway. Rather, it is a unique concept implemented in a location that allows it to [...]

The Sendero Apartments at Antonio and Ortega Have a Name: Sendero Gateway Apartments

We’ve emphasized the importance of the intersection at Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway before and we are excited about recent developments. First, Rancho Mission Viejo Company has done a beautiful job with the “Rancho Mission Viejo” entry monument, the new orchard plantings and the ranch-style fencing painted in a dark green color that I am [...]

Supervisors Approve $8.3 Million for Cow Camp Road Construction

Today, the Orange County Board of Supervisors earmarked $8.3 million to help fund construction of Cow Camp Road between Antonio Parkway and the proposed Tesoro Extension of the 241 toll road. Articles are available at the Register (behind the paywall) or at the Patch (free). Cow Camp will be the primary east-west arterial road through [...]

Huevos, Jamon and a Bottle of Chardonnay: Having Fun with Street Names

For half a century, Rancho Mission Viejo Company (and its predecessors) has been building communities in South Orange County. With residential development comes the responsible to name the thousands of new streets built on Rancho Mission Viejo land. At the outset, developers used simple Spanish words for the streets of Mission Viejo. Many of those [...]

Mountain Biking Ladera Ridge Trail

As if you needed any further evidence that we live in a special place, check out this video from YouTube user (and obvious mountain biking enthusiast) Lonnie Hoyle. The video depicts an exhilarating mountain bike ride down the Ladera Ridge single track trail to its terminus at Antonio Parkway.

Video re-distributed pursuant to the YouTube [...]

Anticipating the Integration of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) into the Ranch Plan

In the past, we have alluded to Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and their role in Ranch Plan planning. With reference to the Ranch Plan Alternative Development Standards document originally issued March 14, 2007 and most recently amended September 14, 2011, we want to describe in a little more detail what NEVs might mean for the [...]

More Speculation on the Ranch Marketplace

We discussed the size and potential tenants of the Ranch Marketplace (the proposed ten acre retail center at the corner of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway) in this post. We’ve done some more thinking and researching and wanted to further explore two questions relating to the layout of this new retail center.

First, will the [...]

What Might the Retail Plaza at Antonio and Ortega Look Like?

Rancho Mission Viejo’s new website offers us a hint at the retail component of Planning Area 1. The site invites future residents to “[l]oad up on supplies at our 10-acre retail plaza (planned for 2015)” and promises that “[y]ou’ll find everything you need from groceries and gas to take-out and dry cleaning right here on [...]

Predicting Congestion on Cow Camp Road

Have you driven Antonio Parkway between Covenant Hills Drive and Ortega Highway lately? If so, you have probably noticed some changes. Gone is the unobstructed downhill drive towards to Ortega — that stretch of Antonio where you could easily hit 70 if you weren’t paying attention. Freshly landscaped, Antonio is now punctuated with new stop [...]