A development project that would construct affordable housing apartments and a new San Juan Capistrano City Hall building at the current City Hall location on Paseo Adelanto is inching closer to reality.

The City Council approved regulatory steps—including a zoning variance and a floodplain use permit—during a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15. Final approval of the project is expected to come before the City Council this spring. Construction will likely start in early 2023, and it could take 1½-2 years to complete.

The project will include 49 permanent supportive housing apartments and a two-bedroom unit for the on-site property manager. The apartments are intended for very low-income individuals who are at risk for being homeless or have experienced homelessness, including military veterans.

Sustainable housing advocates spoke in favor of the project, including Becks Heyhoe, executive director of United to End Homelessness—an initiative of Orange County United Way that launched in 2018.