Update given on proposed residential development in Carmel Valley area

By Karen Billing

The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board heard plans for more homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch at its Aug. 23 meeting. While the plans have not yet been submitted to the city, developers Taylor Morrison and Latitude 33 wanted to ensure they started working with the planning board early in the process.

The proposed residential development includes 177 homes on 26.3 acres near Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road, just east of the future Pacific Highlands Ranch Village Center.

The developers were drawn to the area for its central location and its proximity to the town center.

“Even though the market took a dip, this area was really good in the market and performed really well,” said April Tornillo, project manager at Taylor Morrison.

The development will be single family detached homes which Randi Coopersmith, senior principal planner with Latitude 33, feels will take off in this market. The homes will be built in an“American Ranch” style, with several design products like “coastal cottage” and “craftsman.”

The development will have public streets and make a strong connection to the Village Center through an access road.

An affordable housing component of 32 units on five acres is also included on the piece of their property that extends to the south side of SR-56, accessed off the Rancho Santa Fe Farms frontage road.

Board member Anne Harvey expressed concerns that the affordable housing units will have the least easy access to services at the village center as they will be separated by a freeway. She said it may make more sense to put some affordable units closer to the center.

Coopersmith said they would attend the planning board’s regional issues subcommittee meeting on Sept. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library to look into these issues further. They hope to submit the plans to the city in late September.