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San Juan Capistrano City SealBy Allison Jarrell

A roundabout is officially on its way to the intersection of northbound Interstate 5, La Novia Avenue and Valle Road, following approval at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Developer LV Pacific Point LLC—the successor developer for multiple land parcels within the Pacifica San Juan development—is required by California Environmental Quality Act regulations to design and construct mitigation measures to combat the additional traffic the development will produce, including at the specified intersection. At buildout, Pacifica San Juan will add 416 residential units, and to date, 98 of those building permits have been issued, according to city staff.

On June 3, 2014, the City Council approved the roundabout proposal, and on Sept. 8, 2015, Planning Commission passed its recommendation on to the City Council to adopt the project’s mitigated negative declaration.

With the council’s approval of the mitigated negative declaration, construction on the single-lane roundabout can start as early as February 2016, according to city staff. City Engineer George Alvarez said construction will take about nine months and will include some closures. Alvarez said the city will do extensive outreach to the community and impacted businesses in November.

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