Rancho La Habra

New homes, parks, trails and benefits for all of La Habra

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Benefits

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 25 acres of new public parks and open space, Rancho La Habra will help the City meet, and even exceed, its goal for public parks.

Park fun and activieties

Rancho La Habra’s park and open space dedications include:

  • Public Community Center and Park,Public Community Center and Park – 4.1 acres – Lennar will donate the existing golf course clubhouse to the City for use as a new public Community Center
  • Public Park and Picnic Area – 10.4 acres
  • Public Linear Park – 10.6 acres
  • 2.6 miles of new public multi-use trails through the property connecting Idaho Street to Beach Boulevard

Rancho La Habra’s conservation dedications include:

    • Upland Wildlife Viewing and Education – 12.2 acres
    • Central Streambed and Pond Within Public Park and Picnic Area – 2.1 acres
Upon plan approval, Lennar has offered to improve Westridge Golf Club’s parking lot and surrounding open space, and donate the clubhouse to the City at no cost. The clubhouse could provide an ideal venue for meetings, weddings, public concerts, outdoor movies and other great ways for families to get together with friends and create memories for a lifetime.

Water Savings and Sustainable Design Elements

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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 our plan 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.

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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: Three entry points, to the west, north and east, are designed to disperse traffic and reduce the impact at any one entry point. The proposal eliminates cut-through traffic from Beach Boulevard to Idaho Street by the gating of all four of the new neighborhoods. We are working with Caltrans and the City to mitigate the effects of traffic generated by the new homes, and the results of these efforts will be detailed in the traffic section of the City’s Draft Environmental Impact Report.

SCHOOLS: State-mandated school fees, which are based on the square footage of new residences, are designed to generate funds local school districts can use to accommodate student population increases from new homes. The City’s Draft EIR will include a thorough analysis of Rancho La Habra’s new student generation, and local school districts will work with Rancho La Habra to address the accommodation of these students.

Financial Benefits for La Habra

collage3According to a recent financial analysis, when completed, Rancho La Habra would provide over $1 million in new revenues to the City of La Habra, and $220,000 annually in new net revenues for the City (total new revenues, minus the City’s cost of providing service to Rancho La Habra). That’s five times more net revenue than Westridge Golf Course currently generates.

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.

Opportunities to Hear and Be Heard

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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.

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As you can see in the accompanying table, we are currently at the point in the process when a comprehensive Draft Environmental Impact Report is being circulated for public review. Already, many members of the public participated in two public Scoping Meetings, and their suggestions and comments were recorded and are addressed in the Draft EIR, which the City’s environmental consultants prepared based on technical studies submitted by Lennar.

The Draft EIR is now being circulated for public review during a 45-day comment period, which will close on April 9, 2018. Once the comments received are incorporated, a 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.