The Village at Laguna Hills is situated in an area of the City which is zoned “Village Commercial” (VC). The VC zone is implemented by the UVSP. Adopted in 2002 and amended in 2011, the UVSP permits between 30 and 50 dwelling units per acre. MGP’s new plan proposes a range of 1,200 to 1,500 units on 30 acres. This equates to 40 to 50 dwelling units per acre in the area designated for residential/mixed use and 18 to 22 units per acre spread over the entire site.
While housing is one element of the UVSP, the UVSP also contains objectives that require the development of other uses as well. Any project proposed by MGP would be evaluated against the policies of the UVSP to ensure the community’s original planning goals for the area are met.
The primary goals of the Urban Village Specific Plan are:
- To encourage and facilitate new uses in the area;
- To create new pathways and open space areas and add landscaping to existing sidewalks to foster a pedestrian-friendly environment;
- To create an identity for the area through the use of entry features, area wayfinding signs, consistent landscaping, and street furniture;
- To facilitate private investments in the development of desirable and planned activity nodes;
- To take full commercial and market advantage of the Urban Village’s central location in the Saddleback Valley;
- To increase the employment opportunities and tax revenues, and ensure the long-term viability of the Urban Village; and
- To provide the framework for a public/private partnership to implement the goals of the specific plan.
The goals described above are further supported by objective development standards including a land use plan, design guidelines, and an infrastructure plan. Certain goals benefit the on-going development of the UVSP specifically, such as fostering a pedestrian environment, while other goals would have community-wide benefits (increasing tax revenues).
March 2021 Update: The final Village at Laguna Hills plans have been modified to eliminate the 1,200 – 1,500 range for multi-family dwellings. The proposed number of dwelling units is 1,500 units. This represents a 512 unit increase in the number of multi-family units approved for Five Lagunas.
Source: Linscott, Law & Greenspan Traffic Impact Analysis for the Addendum to the City of Laguna Hills General Plan Program Environmental Impact Report for the Village at Laguna Hills Project, Table 6, September 1, 2020.