The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

Hundreds attended the Oct. 21 San Juan Capistrano city council meeting to support or show opposition to a proposed senior living community. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Hundreds attended the Oct. 21 San Juan Capistrano city council meeting to support or show opposition to a proposed senior living community. Photo: Steve Breazeale

By Steve Breazeale

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the San Juan Capistrano City Council approved a project to build a continuing care retirement community on a 35-acre plot of land off Del Obispo Street.

Mayor Sam Allevato and council members Larry Kramer and John Taylor voted for rezoning the land from agricultural business to allow for the development. Councilmen Roy Brynes and Derrick Reeve opposed.

The council vote went against the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s Sept. 30 recommendation to deny Spieker Senior Development’s Laguna Glen community. The site currently serves as the distribution site for Armstrong Garden Center. The council has the right to amend the General Plan four times a year.

The Planning Commission voted 2-1 against certifying the developer’s environmental impact report, citing increased density, impact on traffic and water demand among the proposal’s negatives.

The proposed continuing care retirement community will feature 407 living units for seniors age 60 and up at 32382 Del Obispo Street. There will also be a health care center with 39 assisted care units, 21 memory-support care units and 41 nursing-care rooms.

Full story to come. Re-visit for updates.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Capo Dispatch

comments (11)

  • This is the worst City Council decision ever! The public should vote to RECALL the 3 who voted in favour of this detrimental project.

    • I know how to vote now. With not enough water and huge traffic jams, the last thing San Juan needs is more people and cars!!! So very disappointed in this City Council.

      • Thank you Bonnie for your comments. They will not post mine. This paper is tilted towards Allevato and his team. Spieker (Troy Bourne) arrived at 2:30 with his “fake residents” and began coaching them on what to say. Bourne graduated from BYU, the school with an honor code. How honorable was it to manipulate the city council meeting? To provide box lunches for over 100 people and a blue t-shirt and to tell them how to lie? Residents of SJC arrived at 4:00pm and there were no seats. No food. Residents waited for 6 hours to speak against the development. Our town is being run by a political machine. There will be much more traffic. And, SJC is the only town in California who is ignoring the warnings of the California Water Board. Montecito is rationing and says no new water permits. Allevato just issued 500 permits.

      • Ah, Rose…..keep posting! I read your posts, and I’m sure many others do as well. You are an important voice in the community as are all the other folks who take the time to express their opinions. Now is the time to talk to your friends and neighbors.

    • Incurable Optimist

      Hmm…could Rose Stone possibly be Donna Fleming??? These are exactly the same snarky comments she made in her letter to the editor. Instead of denigrating and insulting citizens of our town, it might be more useful to provide constructive input.

  • I had been opposed to the recall of Allevato. Now I wish he were gone. I will vote Reeve, Patterson and Ferguson.

  • I have been a resident of SJC since 1969 and have seen much in this city, but the audacity of the 3 council members to rezone and allow this retirement center to proceed makes me angrier than even the under water debacle . Allieveto, Kramer and Taylor don’t care about this once beautiful city. It seems to be more important to them to have developers in their pockets.

    I, for one, will vote for Reeve, Patterson and Ferguson in the upcoming election., who I believe care about this city.

    • What doesn’t make ANY sense is WHY would the City Council completely ignore the Planning Commission decision? They at least asked for a better traffic study. Reeve, Patterson, and Ferguson were the only candidates who expressed concerns about the project. The rest were vague or had NO opinion at all. One told me “you have to elect me first, then I’ll tell you”.

  • Ah, Rose….keep posting. Your voice is important and should be heard. Now is the time to talk to your friends and neighbors.

Comments are closed.