What is the status of the plan MGP showed the community at their April 2019 Community Forum? How does it compare to the approved 2016 plan?

After the community forum, MGP heeded community concerns regarding the amount of high-density housing and overall project intensity, and submitted a development application to the City on November 4th showing significantly reduced levels of development. For comparative purposes, the table below depicts the uses and building areas of the Laguna Hills Mall, Five Lagunas, and The Village at Laguna Hills including the plan presented at MGP’s April 2019 Open House. Where indicated, building areas reflect gross floor area.

 

Uses

 

 

2013 LH Mall

 

 

2016 Plan

(Five Lagunas)

 

 

April 2019 Plan

 

November 4th 2019 Plan

(Village at Laguna Hills)

Retail/Restaurants

965,512 s.f.

926,429 s.f

248,000 s.f.

225,000 s.f. – 300,000 s.f.

Office

-

45,890 s.f,

525,300 s.f.

390,000 s.f. – 520,000 s.f.

Dwelling Units

-

988

2,100

1,200-1,500

Hotel

-

-

125 Rooms

125 Rooms


Ranges are indicated since the final square footage actually developed could change with market conditions.  The plan submitted on November 4th is on the City’s website at: https://www.lagunahills.ca/176/Planning-Projects-New-Developments.

The new plan has been named “The Village at Laguna Hills” and will replace the 2016 Five Lagunas plan, if approved.

March 2021 Update: The final Village at Laguna Hills plans have been modified to eliminate the ranges described above with the exception of the proposed hotel. The intensity of uses and building areas proposed are as follows:

  • Retail: Up to 250,000 square feet (including existing restaurants totaling +/- 23,000 square feet - King’s Fish House/ In-N-Out/ BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse)
  • Office: Up to 465,000 square feet
  • Multi-Family: Up to 1,500 dwelling units
  • Hotel: 100-150 Rooms

The revised uses and building areas are described below along with previously proposed plans for comparison:

 

Uses

 

 

2013 LH Mall

 

 

2016 Plan

(Five Lagunas)

 

 

April 2019 Plan

 

November 4th 2019 Plan

(Village at Laguna Hills)

March 2021 Revised Plans

Retail/Restaurants

965,512 s.f.

926,429 s.f

248,000 s.f.

225,000 s.f. – 300,000 s.f.

Up to 250,000 s.f.

Office

-

45,890 s.f,

525,300 s.f.

390,000 s.f. – 520,000 s.f.

Up to 465,000 s.f.

Dwelling Units

-

988

2,100

1,200-1,500

Up to 1,500

Hotel

-

-

125 Rooms

125 Rooms

100-150 Rooms


The multi-family units include 200 units of affordable housing – 100 units for Moderate Income Households and 100 units for Low Income Households. If possible, seniors and veterans who are currently residents of Laguna Hills will have first priority to rent these units. Any resident of Laguna Hills would have second priority. 

For Orange County “Low Income Household” means a household earning no more than $71,750 for a single-person, and up to $102,450 for a family of four. A “Moderate Income Household” means a household earning no more than $86,500 for a single-person, and up to $123,600 for a family of four. The income levels described above are published annually by the state and can be found at: https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/income-limits/state-and-federal-income-limits/docs/income-limits-2020.pdf.

Also see FAQ 20 below.

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1. Explain the current zoning, conditional use permits, and land use for the 68-acre property [the former Laguna Hills Mall] and adjacent developments. What can/can’t the City Council control?
2. What is the status of the plan MGP showed the community at their April 2019 Community Forum? How does it compare to the approved 2016 plan?
3. How much housing does the City’s Zoning Code allow on the property?
4. Does the City consider traffic in evaluating development proposals in the UVSP?
5. In 2016, the City approved over 926,000 sq. feet of retail and office building area and 988 dwelling units. If MGP is an established developer, why has Five Lagunas taken so long to get started?
6. What does the City Council see as a viable solution for the development of the site? When considering a new development, does and can the City Council factor in the greater good of the community?
7. How do the new and future proposed/approved Oakbrook apartments factor into any decision making?
8. What are current vacancy rates for existing apartment complexes?
9. Why doesn’t the City insist MGP provide more retail space and less office and housing space?
10. What creates the most value for the city and community: High-density multifamily housing, retail, or commercial office?
11. What kind of retail space can residents expect to see since the outlook for traditional storefronts is so negative?
12. How much revenue has the City lost from the mall closing?
13. How has the City responded to this loss of revenue?
14. How will property taxes benefit the city and how much will the city actually receive?
15. How does more development on the site, especially more residential development, impact community infrastructure such as police services, fire and paramedic services, traffic, water, schools, etc.?
16. What were the projected traffic levels for the originally approved Five Lagunas Project? What is the difference between retail development and apartment development with respect to traffic?
17. How will high-density apartments/multifamily housing benefit residents? Did the 09 General Plan call for 300 apartments w/ options to add more in future phases? Are the approved 988 units mandated
18. What if residents do not want to see more housing developed beyond the 988 units approved in 2016 in a future project?
19. Why doesn’t the City simply ignore State housing element law?
20. What is the City’s obligation to help address the Statewide/federal affordable housing shortage, including low-income and homeless shelters?
21. What exactly is the Housing Crisis Act (SB 330) and how does it impact the new project submitted by MGP?
22. What are the key steps involved in the entitlement process?
23. How long will it take for the project to reach the public hearing?