Community Associations of Rancho Meeting: February 2, 2021

The Community Associations of Rancho (CAR) is an organization comprised of the seven master homeowners associations in Rancho Santa Margarita. CAR’s mission is to create a synergy that will build and strengthen the Rancho Santa Margarita community from within. CAR meets on a regular basis to discuss matters that could impact the community and homeowners associations. The most recent CAR meeting was held on February 2, 2021 and included discussion of the following presentation and update.

South Orange County Economic Coalition Survey

CAR recognizes that successful communities are able to adequately fulfill commercial and residential needs. The guest speaker, Steve LaMotte with the South Orange County Economic Coalition (SOCEC), provided a presentation regarding the results of a survey entitled California’s Political Climate has Negatively Impacted Businesses in South Orange County. The negative impact is primarily in the areas of increased taxes, legislative impacts, another government and increase costs of business. Additionally, the survey addressed the impacts that COVID-19 and related closures, restrictions, and relief funding have affected businesses’ viability. According to the survey results, the positive partnership of local elected officials and agencies with small businesses continues to play a key role in keeping these businesses – and thousands of livelihoods – afloat. As an advocacy and business development organization, SOCEC is committed to building a strong local business climate in South Orange County. The Coalition encourages elected leaders to facilitate the development of clear guidelines and best practices for businesses to stem the pandemic and help businesses succeed. To learn more about the SOCEC survey, please visit the SOCEC website.

City of Rancho Santa Margarita Housing Update

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita Development Services department provided an update regarding the State of California’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation and Housing Element Update. The State requires cities to update their Housing Element every eight years; the State has also required that the City of Rancho Santa Margarita add 680 more housing units within this update. Throughout 2021, the City will host a series of surveys and workshops to seek insight on impacts, locations, and types of developments. The City invited CAR to participate in this process as a focus group, as each CAR Member represents a master-planned community with unique Governing Documents. CAR will also look for collaborative opportunities with the City, SOCEC and the Orange County Chapter of the Building Industry Association to identify collaborative opportunities as these organizations map out the future of the Orange County housing industry. Homeowners can obtain additional information and learn how they can be part of the process through visiting the City’s website.

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