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By Allison Jarrell

San Juan Capistrano City Council members are getting closer to deciding what type of development will go on the 15-acre Lower Rosan Ranch property off of Stonehill Drive, and on March 29 they asked members of the public for input.

The Council has been reviewing 13 development proposals for the property since January and recently narrowed the field to five bids. In order to gauge interest and get input on those five proposals from the community, the Council held a workshop on March 29 at City Hall.

The following are the five development bids currently under consideration (as described by the potential developers):

  • Frontier Real Estate Investments, LLC: A Home Depot and restaurant pad on the front 10 acres, and a secondary non-retail use on the rear 5 acres.
  • Ganahl Lumber Company: Retailer of lumber, building materials and hardware. The products carried and services offered are aimed primarily at contractors and other professionals.
  • REDA Acquisitions, LLC: The Stonehill Commons—a mixed-use business park that incorporates service retail, medical and creative office/R&D uses along with light industrial and mini-storage or ancillary auto parking for neighboring auto dealers.
  • Synerglenn Community, Inc.: Special needs housing and active senior apartments (55+). The proposal also includes an agricultural buffer between the neighborhood and Capistrano Valley Mobile Estates, a parking structure for the neighboring dealerships and a storage facility.
  • Williams Family Partners, LLC: A master planned neighborhood comprised of residential small lot detached homes and attached town homes for first-and second-time home buyers. The proposal also includes a business hotel on the southern part of the property near Stonehill Drive.

During the workshop, members of the public listened to presentations on each proposal and shared their thoughts during public comment.

The Council will continue discussing the bids in closed session on April 4.

To view complete summaries of each proposal, visit


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