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Public Meeting for Draft Environmental Impact Report Review for Proposed La Pata Gap Closure, Camino Del Rio Extension

For Immediate Release
Date: October 22, 2010

Media contacts:
Debbie Kroner, OC Public Works

SAN CLEMENTE--The County of Orange is hosting a public meeting on November 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the City of San Clemente's Community Center's Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 100 North Calle Seville in San Clemente. The meeting is being held to solicit community input on a proposed project associated with the La Pata Gap Closure between Ortega Highway, just outside of San Juan Capistrano, and Calle Saluda in San Clemente. The project also includes extending Camino del Rio from where it currently ends, to connect it with the proposed La Pata extension. Upon completion, the project will relieve traffic congestion, minimize environmental impacts and improve south Orange County's quality of life.

This is the second public meeting the County has hosted on the proposed project. On December 2, 2009, a scoping meeting gave residents and interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed scope and content of the environmental information to be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).

The DEIR evaluates potential environmental impacts of the proposed project that would widen La Pata Avenue from three to five lanes from about 2,700 feet south of Ortega Highway to the County's Prima Deshecha Landfill and extend it by constructing four new lanes from the landfill south to Calle Saluda and Avenida La Pata in San Clemente. The DEIR also evaluates potential environmental impacts of the extension of Camino del Rio Street, to its future connection with La Pata Avenue.

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed La Pata Gap Closure and Camino del Rio Extension is available for a 45-day public review period that began on November 3, 2010. The DEIR is available at the following locations for review and on the County website provided below:

  • County of Orange OC Public Works/Planned Communities Section
    300 North Flower Street, Room 622 Santa Ana, CA 92703
  • San Juan Capistrano Regional Library
    31495 El Camino Real San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • San Clemente Library
    242 Avenida Del Mar San Clemente, CA 92672
  • City of San Juan Capistrano
    32400 Paseo Adelanto San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
  • City of San Clemente
    100 Avenida Presidio San Clemente, CA 92673

The public has until December 17, 2010 to comment on the DEIR. Public comments can be submitted through the County's website at La Pata; e-mailed to LaPata ; or mailed to:

County of Orange, OC Public Works
Attn: Mr. Harry Persaud
300 North Flower Street, 6th floor
Santa Ana, CA. 92703

For more information about the DEIR, please contact Harry Persaud at 714-834-2694 or LaPata Project.