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.


22912 El Pacifico Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 APN: 588-061-16

About the Project

Addition of vehicle towing and impound services to an existing approved vehicle body repair and paint business. All towed/impounded vehicles will be stored inside the existing building.

  • Date Submitted: August 3, 2017
  • Applicant: Mehdi Motadi
  • Planner: Katie Crockett
  • Public Hearing Scheduled For: January 9, 2018 (tentative)

Project Documents

Apiary/Backyard Bee-keeping Permitting Modification

Estate Residential Zone
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

About the Project

Apiaries have always been permitted in the ER zone with approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Staff is evaluating whether that permit is the best method for reviewing and permitting the keeping of bees in backyards in the ER zone.

  • Date Submitted: August 9, 2017
  • Applicant: City of Laguna Hills
  • Planner: Katie Crockett
  • Public Hearing Scheduled For: February 13, 2018

Project Documents

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