Happy Anniversary,

Highlands Ranch!

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of modern-day Highlands Ranch—but the history of this community dates back more than 100 years, to when it was first settled. In celebration of this anniversary year, enjoy a stroll back through time with some fun historical facts, articles, and photos curated by DCL’s own Archives & Local History department.

Fun Facts

Highlands Ranch History Spotlight

How to Implement a Master Plan


Forty-three years after it was first conceived, Mission Viejo’s dream has come to fruition. With more than 20,000 developed acres, Highlands Ranch is one of the largest planned communities in the United States. Starting with the first completed home in 1981, Highlands Ranch now comprises 35,510 houses with a population of around 100,000. Read More »

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