OC Development So Big it Might Be Named a City


Image: ranchomissionviejo.com

A new massive housing development planned for South Orange County is expected to open this summer. Once open, Rancho Mission Viejo will be a 14,000-home community that is so large it will have it’s own ZIP code, and may even become Orange County’s 35th city.

According to The Orange County Register, the development is 22 years in the making due to “a particularly complex approval process” and developers “waited out the worst recession since the Great Depression.” The development is now nearing completion and area leaders have been meeting to discuss governance options, including forming a community service area or district, and joining a nearby unincorporated community to create a new city, as “long as that city would have a tax base large enough to support services such as public safety and road improvements.”

“There’s a strong revenue base for the development of an incorporated city,” said Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates. “I think Ladera (Ranch) and Rancho Mission Viejo probably do make sense in terms of combining into a city down there.”

The potential incorporated city would include Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Wagon Wheel Canyon and Coto de Caza, according to The Orange County Register.

Rancho Mission Viejo is an extremely complex project that includes “a county highway, a state highway and a creek cutting through the property.”

According to Rancho Mission Viejo’s website, the ranch and farm has “real cowboys, herds of cattle, a sustainable farm, a native plant nursery, and acres of citrus and avocado groves…” The development includes Sendero and Gavilan neighborhoods. Sendero offers six fresh neighborhoods and recreation at the Ranch House and The Outpost. The neighborhood also has a marketplace, trails, paths, fields, a farm and community garden and more. Gavilan is a gated enclave at Sendero that offers single-story homes and recreation at the Hacienda for the 55+ crowd.

For more information, visit Rancho Mission Viejo’s website.

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