Planning Projects & New Developments

Below you will find information on planning projects that are currently being reviewed by Planning Department Staff. If you have any questions regarding the projects you can contact the Planning Department at 949-707-2662 or 949-707-2672.

Verizon Saddleback Memorial Central Utilities Plant

 24451 Health Center Drive
 Laguna Hills, CA 92653

APN: 621-141-33

About the Project

   New central utilities plant (CUP) at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, including demolition of the existing CUP, relocation and reconstruction of the CUP on the site, and associated parking and site improvements.

  • Date Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Applicant: Alexander + Hibbs AIA, Inc., for Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
  • Planner: Katie Crockett
  • Public Hearing Scheduled For: November 22, 2016

Verizon Wireless

25565 La Paz Road
 Laguna Hills, CA 92653

APN: 625-121-16

About the Project

  New Verizon Wireless WCF (Wireless Cell Facility) on Southern California Edison Lattice Tower
  • Date Submitted: July 16, 2014
  • Applicant: Core Development Services
  • Planner: Ed Knight
  • Public Hearing Scheduled For: Tentatively Scheduled for October 25, 2016

Farmer Boys Drive-Thru

 23952 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

About the Project

Demolish former Carrow's restaurant on 0.87 acres of commercial property and re-develop for Farmer Boys drive-thru (3,143 square feet) restaurant, including new site parking and landscape improvements.

  • Date Submitted: February 2, 2016
  • Applicant: HC&D Architects
  • Planner: Katie Crockett
  • Planning Agency approved the project at the Public Hearing on September 13, 2016

Laguna Hills Mall Redevelopment (Five Lagunas)

 24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

APN: 621-051-33
About the Project

The Project encompasses the redevelopment of the existing Mall property through the following activities: 1) Demolition of approximately 449,000 square feet of existing building area at the southern portion of the central Mall building (the location of a former Sears store); 2) Exterior façade renovations encompassing the remaining in-line retail space to remain; 3) The construction of approximately 410,000 square feet of new commercial buildings between 25 and 75 feet in height on development pads in various locations throughout the project site consisting of +/- 60,300 square feet of restaurant uses, +/- 155,000 square feet of retail uses, a +/- 40,100 square foot fitness use, a 2,068 seat movie theater encompassing +/- 109,000 square feet, and allowance of +/- 45,800 square feet of flex space for retail or medical office uses; 4) The construction of a six-story parking structure containing over 1,500 parking stalls; 5) The development of three multifamily buildings (one-mixed use retail/ residential building and two residential buildings) containing a total of 988 dwelling units up to 75 feet in height; 6) The renovation of existing landscape areas and installation of new landscaping and pedestrian walkways throughout the site totaling over +/- 363,000 square feet including the construction of several pedestrian plaza areas; 7) Rehabilitation of existing private streets and private parking areas;  8) Installation of various wall signs and freestanding signs including a free-standing 75 foot tall freeway oriented sign; and 9) The removal, replacement and/or construction of  utility systems (water, sewer, storm drain, and other public utilities) necessary to support the project.

The entitlements requested by the Applicant encompass a Site Development Permit for new construction over 20,000 square feet, approval of a Master Sign Program for project signage, approval of a CUP/PUP to allow shared parking, approval of a CUP for the operation of a fitness facility, approval of a 16-lot Vesting Tentative Tract Map for residential/ commercial purposes, and approval of a Precise Plan establishing the permitted mix of uses and development standards for the project.

The proposed project is known as “Five Lagunas” (the Project).

The Five Lagunas project is a subsequent activity covered by the City of Laguna Hills General Plan Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certified on July 14, 2009. An addendum to the EIR is proposed and documents how the Project is within the scope of the project analyzed by the 2009 General Plan Program EIR.  No additional CEQA is required. 

  • Date Submitted: February 13, 2015
  • Applicant: Merlone Geier Management, LLC
  • Planner:  Julie Molloy, David Chantarangsu, 949-707-2671
  • Public Hearing Scheduled For: March 22, 2016