Laguna Niguel City Center Mixed Use Project

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Applicant Team

Laguna Niguel Town Center Partners, LLC (Burnham Ward Properties/Sares Regis Group). To view the Applicant team's website for the project, please CLICK HERE.

Project Location

The project site (APN 656-242-18), approximately 25 acres in area, is owned by the County of Orange. The property consists of the South County Justice Center (closed in 2008), Orange County Library, County maintenance yard, Orange County Fire Authority Station No. 5, and undeveloped land. The site is immediately adjacent to City Hall. The site is generally bounded by Pacific Island Drive to the north, Alicia Parkway to the east, Crown Valley Parkway to the south, and multifamily residential communities to the west.

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Project Description

As described by the Applicant team (Laguna Niguel Town Center Partners, LLC), the general vision of the Laguna Niguel City Center Mixed Use Project is to create a “downtown” environment that features specialty retail, restaurants, office, community-oriented event/programmable spaces, integrated residential apartment homes, a new community library, and extensive walkable open spaces, paseos, and plazas.

The proposal includes approximately 175,000 square feet of commercial and civic uses and 275 multifamily residential units. The commercial component would include approximately 158,600 square feet of commercial space with a wide range of uses, such as restaurants, retail shops, health/wellness-focused retail and medical office, and creative office space. The civic space is comprised of a new and larger county library (approximately 16,300 square feet with over 2,600 square feet of additional outdoor programmable space), which would replace the existing library (approximately 14,400 square feet with limited outdoor space). The residential component of the proposed project would consist of two separate apartment buildings, one 200-unit apartment building and one 75-unit apartment building. 

Current Project Status 

The project is scheduled for Planning Commission consideration on May 24, 2022. The Planning Commission is an advisory board to the City Council, the final decision-making authority on this item. Following the Planning Commission's consideration, the project will be scheduled for City Council review (meeting date TBD). 

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) analyzing the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has been prepared and is available for review online at Printed copies of the document are available for public review at the following locations during normal business hours:

City of Laguna Niguel
Community Development Department
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
County Library (Laguna Niguel Branch)
30341 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

If you wish to submit comments on the DEIR, please submit them in writing no later than April 29, 2022 at 5:00 PM to the attention of John Morgan, Development Services Manager, Community Development Department, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 or via email to Comments should specifically identify what environmental impacts you believe would result from the project, why they are significant, and what changes or mitigation measures you believe should be adopted to eliminate or reduce these impacts. 

Future Meetings

  • Planning Commission - TBD (May 24, 2022)
  • City Council - TBD (Estimated: Spring/Summer 2022)

Past Meetings

  • July 23, 2019 - Community meeting in which the Applicant team provided an overview of their vision for the mixed use project. Following the meeting, the Applicant team had a Press Release
  • November 4, 2019 - City staff hosted an open house meeting in which the community was able to learn more about the mixed use project and City review process (EIR and associated entitlements) from City staff and the Applicant team.
  • November 13, 2019 - Scoping Meeting for the City Center Mixed-Use Project EIR.

City Staff Contact

John Morgan, Development Services Manager
Telephone: 949-362-4332

Important Documents

Laguna Niguel Library FAQs

Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting, November 1, 2019

Notice of Availability

Laguna Niguel City Center Mixed Use Project - DEIR

Project Renderings

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