Planned Laterra, Rancho Milagro offer different housing for Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board reviewed two Pacific Highlands Ranch housing developments at its Jan. 22 meeting: Rancho Milagro, 10 single-family homes planned for Carmel Valley Road just past the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, and Laterra, a 69-home development on Village Center Loop Road.

Both projects are being developed by Latitude 33.

Rancho Milagro is at the end of the process with the city and expects to go before the planning commission for approval soon, according to Tara Lake of Latitude 33. The 10 two-story homes will be situated on a slice of land known as a “jelly bean” parcel for its odd shape. The land was originally approved for 55 affordable housing units but 45 have instead been transferred into the Village.

“We think it’s a substantial improvement,” said Randi Coopersmith of Latitude 33.

Lot sizes range from 4,000 to 5,600 square feet.

Lake said one of the development’s nicest features is its connection to the open space across Carmel Valley Road through a walking path that will go underneath the road.

Laterra, on a 3.5-acre lot across from the Airoso development on Village Center Loop Road, will have 69 townhomes, including 11 affordable housing units scattered throughout. Thirty-eight percent of the units will be four bedrooms.

Coopersmith said residents in the Airoso development had concerns about the view from across the street, but they have met with neighbors and they have responded positively to the renderings.

All of the homes will have their own garages, although five will have tandem parking garages. The tandem garages have allowed the developers to have more articulations in the buildings and space between the buildings for better pedestrian access through the development.

Coopersmith said they hope to bring the tentative map before the city by May and will be back before the planning board with updates.