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Shorecliffs Via Ballena Storm Drain Project
The case of Arriola v. City of San Clemente, et al. arises from a dramatic slope failure that occurred on January 6, 2011. The slope that failed is within Cascadita Canyon and is immediately adjacent to 12 single family residences that front on Via Ballena. The slope failure immediately undermined and eliminated lateral support to the backyards and houses of those 12 homes. The slope that failed descends to the bottom of Cascadita Canyon and both the bottom of the canyon and the slope were owned by Shorecliffs Golf Course. The 5th and 6th holes of the golf course were located within the canyon. Via Ballena and all of the utilities in that area (water supply lines, storm drain lines, sewer lines) are owned and maintained by the City.

N. El Camino Real Street, Class I Bicycle and Pedestrian Path
The City received a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant to help construct a 0.9-mile long Class I bicycle path project on the ocean side of North El Camino Real between Camino Capistrano and Avenida Estacion. The project also consists of repaving the entire segment of roadway, restriping, upgrading existing ADA ramps, curb modifications, new sidewalk, landscaping, irrigation, and modifications to two traffic signals.  The project will increase the safety and efficiency of the roadway for all users of the roadway.    

Beaches, Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update
The Beaches, Parks, and Recreation Master Plan will set the framework for decision makers in the planning, maintenance, and development and/or rehabilitation of San Clemente’s beaches, parks, and recreation facilities. Equally important will be that the Plan provide a systematic and prioritized approach to implementation of beaches, parks, and recreation projects. More information:

Outlets Freeway-Oriented Signage:  The proposed project is a request to consider 1) an amendment to a previously-approved Discretionary Sign Permit to allow 34 freeway oriented signs comprised of 25 tenant signs, four project identification signs and five hotel signs; and 2) a Sign Exception Permit to allow freeway- oriented signs, signs to exceed 64 square feet, and sign areas in excess of one square foot per lineal foot of building frontage at the Outlets at San Clemente. Click Here for links

I-5 HOV Extension and Pico Interchange: This $275 million Caltrans project will widen the I-5 freeway to extend the existing carpool (HOV) lane from San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano to just south of Avenida Pico in San Clemente. The project also includes complete reconstruction of the I-5 / Pico interchange. All three segments are under construction, and the last phase of the project is expected to be completed by early 2018. For more information and to sign up for construction alerts please visit the project website at:

Pardon Our Repairs:  The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Section provides environmental engineering services, engineering and public facilities design, administration and construction of public works and projects, including infrastructure, CIP and replacement projects.