Housing Element Update

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NEW!  HCD Letter of Statutory Compliance, May 8, 2023:  The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has determined the City of Laguna Hills revised Housing Element meets the statutory requirements of State Housing Element Law, as stated in this May 8, 2023, letter from HCD

Public Review Draft

The Fifth revised Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element, dated March 2023, is available for review here, with a revised Appendix A here

On June 28, 2022, the City of Laguna Hills adopted a substantially compliant Housing Element. The City has made revisions to the document to address comments provided by HCD on September 28, 2022; revisions are shown in track changes and highlighted in blue.

The 4th revised City Council-adopted 2021-2029 Housing Element, dated August 8, 2022, is available for download here

The City Council of the City of Laguna Hills adopted the 2021-2029 Housing Element (3rd Revised) on June 28, 2022.

The 2nd Revised Public Review Draft of Laguna Hills’ 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, dated May 2022, is available for download here.  

The Revised Public Review Draft of Laguna Hills’ Safety Element Update, dated May 2022, is available for download here.


The City of Laguna Hills General Plan Housing Element is a mandatory General Plan element that identifies housing policies and programs aimed at meeting the identified housing needs of the City's current and anticipated future population.  The General Plan Housing Element is required by state law to be updated every eight years. Housing Elements must include a housing plan to accommodate a predetermined “fair share” allocation of housing units, at various income levels, determined by the state through a Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA) process.  The City of Laguna Hills RHNA allocation for the 6th Housing Cycle, covering 2021-2029, is 1,985 new housing units. The City requests input from residents to determine how and where to best plan for the housing units allocated to the City.

If you would like more information or have any questions or comments, please email the Planning Division at planning@lagunahillsca.gov, or contact City staff as follows (please note all comments provided are public record):

Staff Contacts
Larry Longenecker, AICP
Community Development Director
Jay Wuu, AICP
Senior Planner

Opportunities for Public Involvement

Workshop No. 4

Agenda Packet
Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:00pm
Laguna Hills Community Center, Heritage Room
25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills

Workshop No. 3

Agenda Packet
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1:00pm
Laguna Hills City Council Chamber
24035 El Toro Road, Laguna Hills

Workshop No. 2 (In Person/Open House Format)

Thursday, August 5, 2021, 6PM - 9PM

Laguna Hills Community Center - 25555 Alicia Parkway

The following handouts were provided to participants:

Housing Element Overview

RHNA Overview

Housing Element Non-Compliance Overview

Fair Housing Descriptions

Density and Mixed Use Examples

The following documents are PDF versions of presentation boards that were displayed at the Workshop:

Zoning Map
Potential Future Housing Locations
TCAC HCD Opportunity Areas
Median Income (2015-2019)
Diversity Index (2018)

Workshop No. 1 (Virtual/Zoom)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 6:00pm

Meeting Recording

Community Survey

The City’s Planning Division created a survey in June 2021 for residents of Laguna Hills to help determine how the Housing Element should plan for the City’s share of the RHNA. 

City Council Meetings

May 24, 2022

Staff Report and Attachments


January 11, 2022

Staff Report and Attachments

October 26, 2021

Staff Report and Attachments

November 10, 2020

Staff Report and Attachments

  1. What is the Housing Element?
  2. What is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)?
  3. What will the Housing Element evaluate?

The City’s housing plan is contained in a “Housing Element” which is included in the City’s General Plan. The City’s General Plan is a comprehensive long-range planning document that directs the physical development of the City. The General Plan represents the community’s view of its future and becomes a blueprint for creating the view envisioned by the community. The City last completed a comprehensive update of the Laguna Hills General Plan in 2009, which sought to preserve and enhance the community’s existing strengths such as its beautiful natural setting of rolling hills, miles of trails and connected open spaces, attractive and safe neighborhoods, and sound local economy given the work and shopping destinations located in the city at the time.

The General Plan is considered comprehensive because it addresses a wide range of issues that affect the city such as new development, or social concerns that can affect the overall quality of life in the community. The General Plan is considered a “long-term” plan since it looks 20 years or more into the future. The General Plan is also divided into specific “elements” that address various topics including land use, housing, circulation, conservation, open space, noise, and safety. Of the elements mandated to be included in the City’s General Plan only the Housing Element is required to be updated by State law on a regular basis. In addition to the Housing Element, the City will likely need to update portions of the General Plan to ensure consistency between the new Housing Element and older portions of the General Plan.

2014 - 2021 Housing Element