Planned as a sustainable and walkable community, Pacific Highlands Ranch is one of the City’s newest residential developments. Bounded by Fairbanks Ranch to the north, Torrey Highlands to the east, Del Mar Mesa to the south and Carmel Valley to the west, Pacific Highlands Ranch preserves as open space about half of its 2,650 acres. The heart of the community is a planned Village Center, which will include walkable streets, neighborhood shopping, restaurants, entertainment, multi-unit affordable housing and a civic meeting place. Beautiful, drought tolerant landscaping characterizes street medians and common areas, and many of the houses have photovoltaic solar panels. The nearly 5,000 residents of this growing community are actively participating in implementing and sustaining their community vision.