Mission Viejo Garden Plaza Redevelopment Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Mission Viejo
Document Title
Mission Viejo Garden Plaza Redevelopment Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Office Park / Industrial
Document Description
The Proposed Project proposes to redevelop the 6.5-acre site with a mixed-use development featuring ground-level market and retail shops, and four-levels of residential uses. The Proposed Project consists of demolishing the existing buildings and constructing 40,000 square feet of grocery store uses, with an additional 3,120 square feet designated for a loading area, and 8,000 square feet of retail uses. The Proposed Project would also include 275,891 square feet of residential uses, totaling 234 multi-family residential units, which would consist of 26 studio units, 131 one-bedroom units, 66 two-bedroom units, and 11 three-bedroom units. The project would have a density of 36 dwelling units per acre with a 20% housing bonus. The project includes a 20 percent density bonus on 195 units with 5 percent of the total units being affordable (12 units). The residential units would be built over the grocery store, retail structures, and parking deck. The project also includes outdoor seating outside of the grocery retail store area with a canopy/trellis structure overhead. The Proposed Project would also provide 22,891 square feet of open space areas in the Project Site. This would include a 6,003 square foot corner park adjacent to the La Paz Road and Marguerite Parkway intersection, at the southeast portion of the Project Site. This park would include space for a permitted project event area and a food truck location. Another common area includes Marguerite Park which would be 16,888 square feet and would occur between the proposed Whole Foods Market and Marguerite Parkway at the northeastern portion of the Project Site. An additional 21,628 square feet of residential open space would also be provided in the form of two amenity decks on Level 3 and on amenity deck on Level 7. The Proposed Project would include the following discretionary actions: (1) Certification of Environmental Impact Report and adopt Findings, a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and Mitigation Monitoring Program; (2) General Plan Amendment; (3) Zone Change to New Zoning Designation of Mixed Use (MU); (4) Vesting Tentative Tract Map; (5) Conditional Use Permit (6) Permits to construct and/or permits to operate new stationary sources of equipment that emit or control air contaminants; and (7) Issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit to implement the project.

Contact Information

Larry Longenecker
Agency Name
City of Mission Viejo
Job Title
Planning Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Mission Viejo
Cross Streets
La Paz Road and Marguerite Parkway
Total Acres

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT)
Development Types
Residential (Units 234, Acres 6.5), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 48000, Acres 6.5, Employees 30)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Site Plan, Rezone
Project Issues
Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Transportation
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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