Mayor’s first message of the year

Mayor Bill Phillips talks about goals for the coming year in his first Mayor’s Message of 2015, which follows:

As a founding City Council member and longtime resident, I have been privileged to witness — and have a part in — the transformation of Aliso Viejo from a slice of unincorporated Orange County to a vibrant city that is recognized regionally, statewide and beyond for its innovative, business-friendly government, high quality of life, pristine landscape and unsurpassed potential.

It’s no wonder Forbes.com rated our city among the “Top 25 cities to live well” and the Orange County Register’s Best of OC guide voted Aliso Viejo as the best city to live in. I am proud to serve as Mayor once again. 2015 will be an exciting year in Aliso Viejo, and we have much to look forward to.

In the coming year, we will continue to improve our City’s economic development program and partnership with local businesses and the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce.

We will continue to look at various options for the Aliso Viejo Ranch site that will benefit the community as a whole.

We will look at new ways to expand our communication with the public in an effort to reach even more people with news and information that impacts the way you live, work and play.

We will look at establishing a popular car show at the Aliso Viejo Town Center to bring more people to our community to shop and dine and increase tax dollars.

Along the same lines, we are working on implementing the Town Center Vision & Opportunities Plan to attract new businesses and add amenities so folks will have a more “shopper-friendly” environment at Town Center.

We will see new development in 2015 with a new hotel and luxury apartments at Vantis near Aliso Viejo Parkway and Enterprise. The plan by Shea Properties and Stonebridge Companies includes a 129-room hotel and 435-unit apartment complex. The hotel will be an upscale extended-stay facility.

This year, a senior housing project with 200 senior affordable multi-family units and two manager units within a four-story 218,523-square-foot building will be under construction at 2C Liberty. The housing development will help accommodate our ever-growing senior population.

In 2015, we will continue to build community and embrace and promote the attributes that make Aliso Viejo so great.

I look forward to a productive year and will expand upon these topics and others throughout 2015 in an effort to educate and inform the community.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at wphillips@cityofalisoviejo.com.

Posted in 2015, eNews.