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Aliso Viejo Community InformationAliso Viejo
is a 6,600-acre planned community in south Orange County, California. The master plan for the community, approved by the county in 1979, included development of a total community covering nearly seven square miles. This plan established that 36 percent of the land would be devoted to residential neighborhoods; 51 percent to open space, parks, recreation and schools; and 13 percent to business, office and retail uses. The goal was to provide a balance between businesses and residential areas.
The first known inhabitants of the Aliso Viejo area were members of the Juaneno and Acjemem native american tribes. In 1842, the Mexican government granted to Juan Avila the land upon which Aliso Viejo was developed. In 1848, the Guadalupe Hidalgo treaty was signed, making California a territory of the United States, and the Moulton family in the 1890s took title of the land, which became part of the 22,000-acre Moulton Ranch.
Eventually, the Moulton family sold portions of the ranch, which became Leisure World (now part of Laguna Woods), Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel. In 1976, the Mission Viejo Company purchased the remaining 6,600 acres for the planned community of Aliso Viejo. The first residential units were offered for sale in March, 1982, and the first residents moved in that November.
At that time, the community had little control over the municipal services provided on a day-to-day basis by the County of Orange. In March 2001, voters went to the polls to vote on the incorporation of Aliso Viejo. On July 1, 2001, the City of Aliso Viejo became the 34th city in Orange County.
The city offers a plethora of amenities that mirror its motto of "Live, Work, Learn, Shop and Play;" and its slogan: "Aliso Viejo: Experience it All." Aliso Viejo is well-known as a lively community designed to meet the growing needs of individuals, families, professionals and enterprising businesses. It is a balanced community with plenty of housing, jobs, future-planned multi-modal transportation and recreation. An abundance of parks and trails, cultural and recreational activities and youth sports programs further enhance the quality of life for a community with a vision to ensure long-term viability.
With rolling terrain boasting picturesque views of mountains, streams, lush trails, pristine parks and city lights, Aliso Viejo is a beautiful spot to make your home in Orange County