Laguna Woods General Plan and Zoning Code Update

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Laguna Woods
Document Title
Laguna Woods General Plan and Zoning Code Update
Document Type
EIR - 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: -Residential High Density Overlay – would allow 30 to 50 dwelling units per acre; -Residential Medium Density Overlay – would allow 20 to 30 dwelling units per acre; -Residential Medium-Low Density Overlay – would allow 15 to 20 dwelling units per acre; and -Residential Low Density Overlay – would allow 8 to 10 dwelling units per acre. -NOTE: 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) 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. These sites are referred to as the Potential Housing Sites in the PEIR. • Update the General Plan Land Use Element to change the land use designations of 12 properties (a total of 14 parcels), and undertake a corresponding rezone of the 12 properties, to better represent their existing uses. These locations are referred to in the PEIR as the Sites Proposed for Land Use Designation Changes and Rezoning to Reflect Existing Uses. • Update the City’s General Plan Circulation Element, Land Use 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. Change the name of the Circulation Element to “Mobility Element.” Required discretionary actions associated with the proposed project include the following: certification of the Program Environmental Impact Report (“PEIR”); approval of amendments to the Laguna Woods General Plan Circulation Element; approval of amendments to the Laguna Woods General Plan Land Use Element; approval of amendments to the Laguna Woods General Plan Noise Element; and, approval of amendments to the Laguna Woods Zoning Code.

Contact Information

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


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

Notice of Completion

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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 Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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
Development Types
Other (Land Use Designation/Zoning Changes 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, Mandatory Findings of Significance, 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
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Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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