In 2013, the Commission initiated the South Orange County Governance Visioning Process.  This multi-year project was designed to provide a forum for stakeholders to identify viable future governance alternatives for the established and developing communities in the unincorporated territory of South Orange County.  The Visioning Process is a continuation of ongoing discussions between the Commission and local stakeholders regarding service impacts and governance issues in the area.  The process reflects the Commission’s commitment to a proactive and open approach of engaging stakeholders collaboratively.  At the meeting on June 8, 2016 the Commission received the Visioning Process Final Report which provides an overview of the information exchanged and feedback provided by the stakeholders during this process.

As an outcome of the Visioning Process, the Commission established new boundaries for two study areas:  South County Study Area 1 which will include the developed communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Stonecliffe, and Wagon Wheel; and South County Study Area 2 which will contain the Rancho Mission Viejo communities.

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The establishment of two study areas will allow the Commission to stay engaged and informed to meet its legislative intent of encouraging efficient service delivery and ultimately approving governance structures that support logical boundaries.   To further this goal, the Commission directed staff to engage the stakeholders of these study areas on a bi-annual basis to discuss current service related issues and the timing of future governance alternatives.  The announcements and agendas for those meetings will be provided on this page.


July 9, 2014 Commission Hearing: Presentation of South Orange County Governance Financial Model and Visioning Process Schedule (Click here to view)