Economic Development

What is Economic Development?



Economic Development activities are intended to maintain and improve the economic sustainability of Rancho Santa Margarita by addressing economic growth and development, business attraction and retention, and fiscal strength and stability.   Economic Development is guided by the goals and policies established in the Economic Development Element of the General Plan.

Rancho Santa Margarita’s City leaders take pride in being business-friendly. Our processes are clear and streamlined to enable new businesses to establish and existing businesses to expand in the shortest amount of time possible.  

Our Retail Fact Sheet (PDF) contains information for prospective retailers and our Available Commercial Space tool will help you find the best location.

Location and Amenities


Rancho Santa Margarita and its surroundings offer an excellent location for businesses of all types. This mid-sized City complements its natural setting with a variety of local shopping and dining opportunities and ample services, along with a successful Business Park for office and light industrial users.   The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is a bustling community of 50,000 residents with nearly 45,000 additional residents in the surrounding areas of Trabuco Canyon and Coto de Caza. 

This strategic location within the heart of the Saddleback Valley in south Orange County is master planned with homes and businesses situated around parks and golf courses such as:

O'Neill Regional Park
Lago Santa Margarita
Tijeras Creek Golf Course
Dove Canyon Golf Course
Coto de Caza Golf Courses

With convenient access to State Route 241 Foothill Transportation Corridor, you are never far from anywhere in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Business Park and Retail Centers



Business Park 
Rancho Santa Margarita’s centrally located Business Park contains over 270 acres comprising approximately 3.5 million square feet of light industrial and office buildings. The business park is easily accessed from the Santa Margarita Parkway and Antonio Parkway off-ramps from the 241 Toll road.  To learn more, view the Business Park Map (PDF) and Traffic Volumes.

Retail Centers
Rancho Santa Margarita has over 173 acres of developed commercial land comprised of 11 shopping centers.  With fantastic local businesses and national retailers alike, residents and employees can find what they need any time of day.  To learn more, view the Commercial Retail Centers Map (PDF).

Visit our Available Commercial Space and Business Resources pages for additional information.