Laguna Woods General Plan and Zoning Code Update


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Laguna Woods
Document Title
Laguna Woods General Plan and Zoning Code Update
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Various - Project covers entire City boundaries
Document Description
The proposed project would: • Create the following four new overlay zoning districts that allow housing development: o Residential High Density Overlay – would allow 30 to 50 dwelling units per acre o Residential Medium Density Overlay – would allow 20 to 30 dwelling units per acre o Residential Medium-Low Density Overlay – would allow 15 to 20 dwelling units per acre o Residential Low Density Overlay – would allow 8 to 10 dwelling units per acre Creation of the new overlay zoning districts also includes the creation of development standards for each. • Rezone 17 properties (a total of 18 parcels) to allow housing development in addition to the uses already allowed under the existing zoning on those properties. This action would accommodate the City’s 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) housing needs allocation. The City plans to apply one of the four new overlay zoning districts to each parcel; no change in General Plan land use designation is proposed. See summary table below. • Change the General Plan land use designation and rezone 12 properties (a total of 14 parcels) to better correlate existing uses with land use designations and zoning. See summary table below. • Update the City’s General Plan Circulation Element and Noise Element to ensure internal consistency with the City’s General Plan Housing Element, update background and existing condition information, update the identification of priority issues, update goals and policy objectives, and make other changes intended to modernize the documents while also promoting clarity and ease of use.

Contact Information

Christopher Macon
Agency Name
City of Laguna Woods
Job Title
City Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Ryan Bensley
Agency Name
Job Title
Associate/Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Laguna Woods
Cross Streets
State Highways
I-5, SR-133, SR-73
LOSSAN Rail Corridor
Aliso Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 8, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Other (Overlay Zoning Districts or Zoning Districts for 32 parcels)
Local Actions
General Plan Update, General Plan Amendment, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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