Paloma Square (Dove Canyon Plaza) Proposed Project

RSM 19-010 Paloma Square – An Application to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita for Zone Change, General Plan Amendment, Site Development Permit, and Tentative Tract Map

The owners of Dove Canyon Plaza with their consultant, William Lyon Homes, submitted a proposal to the City for a change in use from commercial to residential on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. A deposit to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project was also submitted, and a Specific Plan is forthcoming.

The purpose of this webpage is to allow for convenient public access to the application materials and for City staff to provide regular updates on the status of the application review.  The City is committed to conducting a very open and thorough review with public notification and input at various stages of the process.  Please direct any questions or concerns regarding the proposed project to David Blumenthal, Project Planner, at dblumenthal@sagecrest.us or 949-635-1800 extension 6708.

July 24, 2019 update:  An initial submittal requesting a change in use from commercial to residential was received on 07/24/2019 from Raintree Investments/William Lyon Homes.  Any application submitted to the Planning Department is a public document and subject to review upon request.  Due to the high level of interest in the potential future redevelopment of Dove Canyon Plaza, and to ensure a completely transparent process, the City will post all submittals and related correspondence on this webpage.  Hard copies of the records may be reviewed by appointment at City Hall.  Please contact (949) 635-1800 x6701 for an appointment to review the hard copy file.           

Process:  Applicants for any proposed project must submit a Development Case Application and provide all of the required information, exhibits, and deposits to initiate the City’s review.  Pursuant to State law, City staff has 30 days to review the application and determine whether all of the required information has been provided.  If the City determines that all required information is not present, a letter is sent to the applicant listing the information necessary to complete the application.  When the applicant responds to the letter with a re-submittal, the City has another 30 days to review the application and determine whether all of the required information has been provided.  This cycle is repeated until a complete application is received. The environmental review process and staff analysis of the project does not commence until the application is deemed complete.

A flow chart which illustrates this process is found here

Public hearing dates for Planning Commission and City Council have not been determined and will not be scheduled until the environmental review is complete.

Schedule Milestones:

July 24, 2019 – Application Submitted

August 23, 2019 – Completeness Determination Due from Staff to Applicant

RSM 19-010 Paloma Square – An Application to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita for Zone Change, General Plan Amendment, Site Development Permit, and Tentative Tract Map

This is the first submittal received from Raintree Investments/William Lyon Homes on July 24, 2019. Staff will be reviewing all submittals between July 24, 2019 and August 23, 2019,  and will issue a written determination regarding the completeness of the application on or before August 23, 2019. The City’s determination will be posted here when available.

Once the application is deemed complete, staff will begin to analyze the project and will commence the environmental review process. 

Public hearing dates for Planning Commission and City Council have not been determined and will not be scheduled until the environmental review is complete.

Please note, this is the first submittal and may not be complete. It is also subject to revision by the applicant.

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