An overhead image of The New Home Company's 40-unit Oliva community. The nine units within the outline are new additions. The other 31 were approved by the City Council in 2005. Courtesy of The New Home Company
An overhead image of The New Home Company’s 40-unit Oliva community. The nine units within the outline are new additions. The other 31 were approved by the City Council in 2005. Courtesy of The New Home Company

By Brian Park

The San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved changes to an already-approved housing project, as well as additional units on an adjacent lot, that combined would create a 40-home community.

The commission voted 3-0, with Commissioners Ian Gardiner and Roy Nunn absent, to accept changes for The New Home Company’s 31-unit development, Olivia, located on 17 acres at 32281 Del Obispo Street. Additionally, the commission approved the developer’s plan to add nine homes on an adjacent 4.5-acre lot.

The larger project was approved by the City Council in 2005. Both projects would be built together as one community. The changes, which include eliminating a southwestern access point and creating a turnaround for a gated entryway off Del Obispo, aim to internalize traffic in the neighborhood.

Following the commission’s approval of architectural control in February, the developers worked with an ad-hoc committee of Commissioners Tim Neely and Nunn on landscaping and design.

The additional nine-unit lot will be considered by the council in August, according to city planner David Contreras.

Across the street, Spieker Senior Development’s proposal to build a 418-unit senior community, including a health care center, is ongoing.

A draft environmental report is available for public review until Tuesday, July 22. That night, the project will be introduced to the commission and the public will be allowed to comment.

The community would be built on a 35-acre site currently occupied by Armstrong Garden Center, which would be closed and relocated closer to the company’s headquarters in Ventura County, according to the report. Farm to Market, also located on the site, closed in July.

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