Historic Town Center Master Plan Repeal, General Plan Amendment, and Ordinance Change Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Juan Capistrano, City of (City of San Juan Capistrano)
Document Title
Historic Town Center Master Plan Repeal, General Plan Amendment, and Ordinance Change Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation

Document Description
The implementation of the HTCMP introduced land use inconsistencies between that document and the City of San Juan Capistrano General Plan. The Proposed Project will reconcile the identified discrepancies between the HTCMP, the Form Based Code (FBC), and the General Plan. The elements included in these proposed clarifications include: • Maintaining the General Plan's prohibition of residential uses in the HTCMP area and amending the FBC to remove the residential standards. • For the HTCMP Project Area, increasing the Floor Area Ratio (FAR) to 0.75, with a cap of 1.5 FAR for buildings that include provisions for public gathering space. • Amend the FBC to remove all residential standards. • Clarify the FBC to limit the height of two-story buildings to 35 feet and the height of hotel buildings to 45 feet. • Use the Park Once Program in the Project Area, replacing the existing parking standards in the existing FBC parking table with the Park Once standards. • Clarify the setback requirements for new buildings adjacent to all historic buildings in the Project Area. Specifically, that new construction on properties adjacent to historic buildings would require any portion of the new building to have a setback of one foot for every foot in new building height. • Repeal the HTCMP due to inconsistencies with the General Plan. • Clarify land uses and parking requirements identified within the FBC Table 2B. • Establish standards to address existing nonconforming buildings or conditions. • Eliminate the Town Center Edge and Freeway Edge Overlays. - Maintain the existing roadway network and not construct the roadway connections proposed in the HTCI\1P including the proposed extensions of Forster Street, Yorba Street, and Avenida Los Amigos.

Contact Information
Sergio Klotz
City of San Juan Capistrano
32400 Paseo Adelanto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 443-6331


33°30'1.21"N 117°39'40.6"W
San Juan Capistrano
Cross Streets
Ortega Highway to the north and El Camino Real to the east
Total Acres
State Highways
Trabuco Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Land Use Changes/Clarifications)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Ordinance
Project Issues
Cumulative Effects Landuse Growth Inducing Wetland/Riparian Water Supply Water Quality Vegetation Tribal Cultural Resources Traffic/Circulation Toxic/Hazardous Solid Waste Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Sewer Capacity Septic System Schools/Universities Recreation/Parks Public Services Population/Housing Balance Noise Minerals Geologic/Seismic Forest Land/Fire Hazard Flood Plain/Flooding Biological Resources Archaeologic-Historic Air Quality Agricultural Land Aesthetic/Visual Energy
Reviewing Agencies
Native American Heritage Commission Caltrans, District 12 Air Resources Board, Transportation Projects California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Department of Conservation Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Office of Emergency Services, California Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 8 Resources Agency State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water


Environmental Document
summary   PDF 63 K project   PDF 804 K 2_HTCMP Initial Study Final for Public Review 041519   PDF 1765 K 1_HTCMP NOP Final for Public Review 041519   PDF 564 K
letter   PDF 403 K noc   PDF 650 K
State Comments
2019049084 nahc   PDF 4760 K 2019049084 caltrans   PDF 866 K
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