See FAQ No. 1. In addition, development of the site is required to follow the City’s development codes and policies contained in the community’s General Plan and the UVSP. The vision for the UVSP area is to have a variety of uses working together to create an urban village consisting of civic, retail, recreational, housing, hotel, medical offices, and general offices. The former mall property accounts for nearly 30 percent of the land area within the UVSP under a single property ownership, and is the critical site within the UVSP in determining whether or not the goals of the city’s General Plan and UVSP will be realized. The City Council will evaluate any proposal brought forward by MGP to determine whether or not it fits within the broader objectives of the General Plan and UVSP requirements, and will always consider the good of the community.
However, it must be noted that the State legislature has become increasingly aggressive in redefining local control of zoning and other measures affecting housing, and could affect the City’s ability to regulate development of the site.
Laguna Hills General Plan: https://www.lagunahillsca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/133/ Laguna-Hills-General-Plan