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Sendero Residents Get An Insider’s View at Rodeo 101

Rancho Mission Viejo gave some lucky Sendero residents an insider’s look at this year’s Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, including a visit to the historic cow camp and an opportunity to see some of the rodeo participants practice. You can read the full article and see some photos here.

Irvine Swim Team Dispute Holds Cautionary Tale for South County’s HOA-Governed Communities

If you didn’t see it, the Register has published an article describing a four-year-long war between residents, the HOA and a local swim team within Quail Hill, an Irvine master planned community. The article is here, and reads in part:

It all started, Chemers said, because he and other homeowners didn’t like the swim team’s [...]

LA Times Article Describes Sendero as an Example of an Agrihood

The LA Times has published an interesting article about Rancho Mission Viejo’s community of Sendero. The article is here, and it focuses on Sendero as an example of an emerging trend in residential development described by the Times as “a trend by land developers nationally to design communities that center around sustainable farms rather than [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

OCTA Seeking Comments on its Draft Long Range Transportation Plan at Public Meeting Tonight

There is a ton of construction going on in South County right now. For the next few years, South County residents will need to deal with construction on I-5 at Avenida Pico, Ortega Highway and El Toro just for starters. We will also watch as the Rancho Mission Viejo transportation infrastructure is built out over [...]

NEVs Have Arrived at Sendero

Over a year ago, we wrote extensively about the NEV paths and lanes planned for the Ranch Plan. That article is here. First, if you don’t know what an NEV is, NEV stands for a “Neighborhood Electric Vehicle.”

Neighborhood Electric Vehicles are categorized by the Department of Transportation as a “low speed vehicle,” meaning a [...]

Trail Guide: Sendero Loop Trail

Recently, while Don Juan Ortega was out on one of his evening constitutionals, he happened upon a new trail marker that he hadn’t previously seen before. It seems that the trail elves at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo have been busy. Two new trails have been built that now connect the Village of Sendero [...]

Rancho Mission Viejo Blog on Sendero Fire Station

We wrote an article mentioning last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station No. 56. If you are interested in more details, Rancho Mission Viejo has published a blog post with some additional information about the ceremony and the station. For example:

Designed by Architect Irving Gill, the Spanish Progressive style of simplicity and minimalist form [...]