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Updated Map of the Ranch Plan

We recently came across a high-resolution, updated map of the Ranch Plan, embedded below. The map includes details for Sendero and a nice overlay of the Ranch Plan roadways (we’ve annotated Chiquita Canyon Parkway at “A Street” where we believe it will be). You can click here for the full size image.

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The Ranch Plan Promises New Trails and Bikeways

As you may know, Orange County has a “General Plan” that describes its long-term goals for growth and development. The General Plan is comprehensive in that it covers seven core aspects of County life: land use, transportation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety. Today, we are going to look at the impact of the [...]

Speculating on a Revised Ranch Plan Timeline

Like most major real estate projects, the Ranch Plan was a victim — at least temporarily — of the Great Recession and real estate crash. Originally, the Ranch Plan was scheduled to break ground in 2005 with an estimated date for completion in 2025. While we don’t pretend to know Rancho Mission Viejo’s revised development [...]

The Impact of the Ranch Plan Development on Area Views and Ridgelines

For many current residents, one of the most treasured benefits of living on the Ranch is the ability to enjoy vast, panoramic views of unspoiled mountainous wilderness. Indeed, where other Southern California cities have allowed their ridgelines and hilltops to be cut, flattened and terraced in pursuit of more real estate for development, we have [...]