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Case Study 127 - Encouraging social interaction through the internet

127 - Ladera Life Community Intranet -

Ladera Life, an intranet site for the community living at Ladera Ranch, California, offers a range of services and opportunities to the residents and is a key source of interaction between neighbours, organisations and local businesses.

The site hosts community services, links to local businesses, information on the development and its environs and direct contact with the development’s management. The site also contains details for clubs, message boards and online booking for community events, restaurants, sports facilities and medical appointments.

The site is today managed and operated by the Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS). LARCS is a non-profit public benefit corporation that coordinates activities, events, formation of clubs, and facilitates distribution of community information to the residents. LARCS is funded by Community Enhancement Fees collected at the original sale and resale of homes (at 0.125% of the house prices) within Ladera Ranch, and business sponsorships.

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  • Location: Ladera, California
  • Project Team: Developer: DMB Ladera Masterplanner: Rancho Mission Viejo-Managing Partner Architect: Huitt-Zolars, EDAW
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UDC2 Section - Managing Quality Placesace 

Ladera Life Community Intranet was set up using fees generated from the sale of development. It hosts community links to local businesses, information on the development and messaging facilities