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Traffic Workshop Set For Proposed Portola Center Project

Citizens are invited to discuss traffic-related concerns including speed, traffic calming and vehicular access Wednesday evening.

Interested residents are invited to a Wednesday workshop at to discuss traffic concerns connected to a proposed 930-home development in Portola Hills.

As the project has worked its way through the planning process, area residents have expressed serious concerns about the traffic the additional homes would add to their area.

From 7 to 9 p.m. at 25550 Commercentre Dr. comments and feedback about traffic-related matters such as speed, traffic calming and vehicular access with regards to the Portola Center project will be gathered from the community.

The proposed development would include as many as 930 homes, a 5-acre sports park, various neighborhood parks, and up to 10,000 square feet of mixed commercial/residential units.

The 243-acre project site is at the intersection of Glenn Ranch and Saddleback Ranch roads.

This is the latest in a number of meetings held to get public feedback on the project.

In June, representatives of at to discuss plans for the development. A July meeting brought residents to City Hall for a drawn up for the project.

That month a group of Portola Hills residents also toured the vacant land slated for the . Many expressed their concerns about the  they believe the new homes would worsen at a workshop hosted that same week by the city's Planning Commission. 

Wednesday's workshop is meant to focus specifically on that part of the project.

Community members unable to attend the workshop can submit written comments via email to rsantos@lakeforestca.gov, or by mail to the City of Lake Forest, Planning Division, 25550 Commercentre Drive Suite 100, Lake Forest CA, 92630.

Previously submitted comments have already been recorded, so there is no need to resend in connection with this specific workshop, according to city staffers.

Captain Jerry September 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
How about discussing the horrible timing and duration of the traffic lights. It can sometimes take me 20 minutes to get the mile to the freeway and 10 minutes to make it the 10 miles to work! The minor street traffic lights change red for every bike, dog, or Volkswagen that trips it... just saying!]
Jessica Slifca September 12, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Volkswagen?
Marion Anderson September 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
930 houses = 400+ more dogs. Please, lets have a dog park in this area.
MisturChips September 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I agree Lake Forest is in dire need of a 'real' dog park. As a resident affected by this debacle, I would LOVE to be able to walk my dog to the park and let 'em scamper, frolic, and play with others. Putting him in the car for a ride to Irvine, Laguna Beach, or Rancho is an entire afternoon / evening affair, and I'd best not try it at all when I get home from work, as traffiq is even worse!
Jim Gardner September 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Hi Marion. I can't understand why we don't have a dog park. Almost all of our neighbors have dog parks - Irvine, Mission Viejo, RSM, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Costa Mesa, etc. Cities much smaller than us (Ladera Ranch, Seal Beach, Laguna Woods, RSM, San Clemente, Buena Park, Laguna Niguel) have dog parks. Our city has 28 parks, but nowhere can your dog run off leash. The reason is that the City Council is not "pet friendly". They have consistently refused to work with others and use a no-kill shelter, while just about everyone else in our area (Irvine, Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Laguna Woods, etc.) has access to one. They turned down a "Trap, Neuter, Release" program that the "Friends of Lake Forest Animals" tried to establish. etc. The people in Lake Forest are pet friendly. More than 50% of our homes have dogs and more than 70% have a pet of some kind. We have nearly 10,000 dogs that are licensed (and of course, many that aren't licensed). So it's time we got a dog park.
MisturChips September 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I asked about a dog park at he planning meeting for Concourse park, and what I was told was "We don't want everyone from around the county bringing their dogs here".. Odd, that's what we have to do is cart our dogs all over the county. When we do, typicall, lunch or other shopping duties are combined, and Lake Forest loses out on tax revenue... Thinking about it, a Knowlwood burger in Irvine sounds tasty - I wonder if the Sand Canyon construction is finished, yet? My puppe would surely enjoy a tiny bite after some good frolicking!
MFriedrich September 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
MisturChips, Unbelievable. They just don't get it. Availability of a dog park actually creates opportunity for a family outing, and everything that goes with it - more families meeting up, visiting local grocery stores, buying lunch for takeout, filling up with gas to head home, on and on.... Congratulations, Lake Forest City Council, for sending a message loud and clear. Take your dogs and discretionary income elsewhere!

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