The Ladera Ranch Civic Council is the precursor to a local incorporated government that provides input to the Orange County governing boards as the Ladera Ranch civic representation. The purpose of the Council is to encourage and gather public comment on a range of topics which may affect the community and represent the interests of Ladera Ranch residents as their Council. Meetings discuss and provide input on: p
lanning and land use,a public safety, public works, and other municipal related services. The Council consists of seven elected council members.

The Council meets the third Monday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Santa Margarita Water District board room located at 26111 Antonio Pkwy.

Our Next Public Meeting will be Monday, April 17th

Please, join the Ladera Ranch Civic Council for its upcoming meeting, on Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 7pm at the Santa Margarita Water District building.  The agenda for the meeting will be posted not less than 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Agenda is available here.

Toll Road Extension Update

TCA came in and presented to the LRCC at the January 2017 meeting. In response to the information currently circulating online about potential routes, we asked for an official update and received the following:

First, no alignments or alternatives have been formally analyzed, assessed, or studied in any detail. In December, TCA began what is called the “Project Initiation” phase of the process, which simply means that over the next several months they will continue to receive community input and conceptual ideas for solving the region’s excessive traffic problem. At some point towards the end of 2017, TCA will gather these ideas and begin a formal technical assessment and environmental review of the ideas as required by state and federal laws. We anticipate the environmental review and regulatory approval process of any traffic relief solution will take several years.

The informal public engagement process began in 2016. We have archived and will continue to archive the forums, presentations, handouts, ideas and comments received so far at www.GetMovingOC.com. At this site, people are welcome to learn more about the solution ideas proposed by the public and TCA’s cursory assessment of their potential impacts.

We will be holding our next public forum on June 5th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Saddleback College to continue to receive public input and ideas for traffic relief solutions. We’ll also have experts on hand to explain this process to everyone in attendance. We will provide you with the invitation to share with your community.

We will be taking community input at that public meeting in a variety of forms including written comments and video testimony as well.

We look forward to meeting with the Ladera Ranch Civic Council again in the very near future to provide you with the latest update.

Thanks again and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have further questions.

Jeff Corless
On behalf of the Transportation Corridor Agencies

Chiquita Ridge – Rancho Santa Margarita

Chiquita Ridge RSM

Chiquita Ridge is a 92-acre undeveloped parcel owned by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. It is located along Antonio Parkway south of Canada Vista Park at the southern boundary of the City. The Civic Council spoke with the City on January 24, 2017, and at this point, there are no established plans for development. The City hired a consulting firm to prepare the preliminary traffic, fiscal, and environmental studies, which could result in a variety of potential development options. However, the City Council has not voted to take further action and there is no developer for any potential project.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita Director of Development Services, Cheryl Kuta, is open to answering questions by the public. Please visit www.cityofrsm.org for more details on the status of this project.