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In accordance with recent changes to State housing laws, the City is proactively developing objective standards for the design and development of new housing projects that are eligible for a streamlined approval process. To formalize these standards, the City is proposing a Zoning Code Amendment (ZCA 23-02), which introduces an Objective Development and Design Standards Manual (“the Manual”). This Manual will govern the design of multifamily and mixed-use projects that are eligible for expedited review under State law. Designed to benefit developers, design professionals, and the general public, the Manual provides clear, objective criteria for various aspects of residential development, including site planning, building design, landscaping, and architectural features. By doing so, the Manual aims to maintain the integrity of Laguna Niguel’s community character, while promoting high-quality design in eligible affordable housing projects.

Upcoming Meeting

At their December 5, 2023 regular meeting, the Laguna Niguel City Council will consider the second reading and adoption of Ordinance No. 2023-225 amending Laguna Niguel Municipal Code Section 9-1-95 to establish multifamily and mixed-use residential objective development and design standards for projects that qualify for streamlined ministerial review under State law. During the meeting, the City Council will consider any public comments on the project. If approved, the Ordinance will take effect thirty (30) days after the meeting. The latest version of the proposed Manual is available for public review online by clicking the button to the right:

Questions? Should you need further information on the project, please contact Stephanie Tomaino, Contract Planner, by phone at (949) 362-4329, or by e-mail at: stomaino@cityoflagunaniguel.org.

Past Meetings

November 7, 2023 – City Council Public Hearing

October 24, 2023 – Special City Council Meeting

October 10, 2023 – Planning Commission Public Hearing

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