Rancho La Habra

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Creating Value for La Habra Residents

In keeping with the Rancho La Habra vision of being a good neighbor and being a partner with the City of La Habra, the proposed plan would incorporate these benefits:

New Public Parks, Open Space and Trails

With Rancho La Habra, the commonly stated complaint that North Orange County suffers from a deficit of parks will no longer apply to La Habra! La Habra falls short of its current General Plan goal for public park space. By providing a new 16.6-acre City Park as part of more than 86 total acres of open space, Rancho La Habra will help the City meet, and even exceed, its goal for public parks acreage.

Park fun and activieties

Rancho La Habra’s new City Park and open space dedications include (all figures approximate pending City approval):

  • New City Park and Community Center – 16 acres – In addition to building the park, Lennar will expand the existing clubhouse by a third, renovate it, and donate it to the City as a Community Center
  • 4.2 miles of new City trails, including 2.6 miles of City multi-use trails through the property connecting Idaho Street to Beach Boulevard and 1.6 miles of walking trails within the new City Park
  • Nearly 10 acres of conserved wildlife habitat with viewing area
Rancho La Habra’s new City Park will provide an ideal venue for meetings, weddings, public concerns, outdoor movies and other great ways for people to get together and enjoy living in La Habra.

Water Savings and Sustainable Design Elements

Water usage Infographic chart
In drought-prone Southern California, all eyes are on water use, as they should be. Lennar is thinking longer-term to make sure Rancho La Habra will conserve precious water resources in drought and rainy years alike through:

  • High-efficiency toilets, faucets, showerheads and appliances in the homes
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping in public areas with an emphasis on drip and micro-spray irrigation

Replacing a thirsty golf course that uses approximately 90 million gallons of drinking water a year with water-efficient homes and drought-tolerant landscaping would lead to a 31.3 million gallon annual reduction in La Habra’s water use. That will help the City meet its water conservation goals, and free up drinking water for use elsewhere in the City.

Planning with Our Neighbors in Mind

VIEWS: Our planning team has given special attention to the edges of Rancho La Habra to make sure the placement of open space, slopes, landscaping, streets and homes are all used to reduce potential impacts on existing distant views.

Wide buffers are designed to separate proposed new homes from existing neighborhoods. Rancho La Habra’s new home sites are at lower elevations than most of the existing surrounding homes, to reduce impacts on distant views of the Puente Hills and San Gabriel Mountains.


Click on any of the letters in the accompanying illustration to view the current view from each point and a computer simulation of the view after completion of Rancho La Habra.

TRAFFIC: Each of Rancho La Habra’s four neighborhoods will have its own entry/exit points, so traffic will be dispersed, reducing the impact at any one entry/exit point. This design also eliminates cut-through traffic from Beach Boulevard to Idaho Street by the gating of all four of the new neighborhoods.

Rancho La Habra will pay for the construction of roadway and intersection improvements to offset the new neighborhood traffic we will generate. These improvements are spelled out in nine pages in the Environmental Impact Report, including these important improvements that would be delayed without Rancho La Habra’s funding:

  • Beach Blvd. at Artesia
  • Hacienda Road at Whittier Blvd.
  • Beach Blvd. at Rosecrans Blvd.
  • Beach Blvd. at La Mirada Blvd./Malvern Ave.
  • Beach Blvd. and La Mirada Blvd./Malvern Ave.
  • Beach Blvd. between Rosecrans Ave. and La Mirada Blvd.
  • Euclid St. at Imperial Highway
  • Beach Blvd. at Lambert Road
  • Euclid St. and Imperial Highway
  • Imperial Highway between Euclid St. and Harbor Blvd.
  • SR-57 SB South of Imperial Highway

The traffic study is here. The mitigations are detailed on pages 98-106, or PDF pages 235-243.

Financial Benefits for La Habra

collage3According to a recent financial analysis, approximately $1.2 million in new annual revenues to the City of La Habra will be generated by Rancho La Habra’s property and sales taxes. The golf course currently generates only about $42,000 a year in revenues to the city. Several millions of dollars will also be paid to the City for various development, processing and permitting fees.

The City can use these new General Fund revenues for whatever programs and services it chooses.

In addition, state-mandated school fees will generate more than $3,850,000 for local school districts. Local school districts can use these fees to improve their school facilities, to the benefit of all the La Habra children who attend them. The districts will also receive a share of Rancho La Habra’s new property tax revenue.

Opportunities To Be Heard

Like all new development proposals in California, Rancho La Habra must go through a rigorous review process that provides the public with many opportunities to ask questions, raise concerns and be heard.


As you can see in the accompanying table, we are currently at the point where the comments received during the public review process for the Draft Environmental Impact Report are being considered by the City’s independent environmental consultants.

After the responses to comments have been completed and incorporated into Draft EIR, the Draft Final EIR will be considered in public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.

In addition, Lennar is committed to an open public process, so we have been meeting with the community, and will continue to do so. To request a presentation before your group, click here. We also will answer questions and comments we receive via the Contact/Comments page.