What does the City Council see as a viable solution for the development of the site? When considering a new development, does and can the City Council factor in the greater good of the community?

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 has a duty to 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, 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.

Sources:

Laguna Hills General Plan:  https://www.lagunahillsca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/133/ Laguna-Hills-General-Plan

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1. Explain the current zoning, conditional use permits, and land use for the 68-acre property [Village at Laguna Hills] and adjacent developments. What can/can’t the City Council control?
2. What is the status of the plan MGP showed the community at their April 2019 Community Forum? How does it compare to the approved 2016 plan?
3. How much housing does the City’s Zoning Code allow on the property?
4. Does the City consider traffic in evaluating development proposals in the UVSP?
5. In 2016, the City approved over 926,000 sq. feet of retail and office building area and 988 dwelling units. If MGP is an established developer, why has Five Lagunas taken so long to get started?
6. What does the City Council see as a viable solution for the development of the site? When considering a new development, does and can the City Council factor in the greater good of the community?
7. How do the new and future proposed/approved Oakbrook apartments factor into any decision making?
8. What are current vacancy rates for existing apartment complexes?
9. Why doesn’t the City insist MGP provide more retail space and less office and housing space?
10. What creates the most value for the city and community: High-density multifamily housing, retail, or commercial office?
11. What kind of retail space can residents expect to see since the outlook for traditional storefronts is so negative?
12. How much revenue has the City lost from the mall closing?
13. How has the City responded to this loss of revenue?
14. How will property taxes benefit the city and how much will the city actually receive?
15. How does more development on the site, especially more residential development, impact community infrastructure such as police services, fire and paramedic services, traffic, water, schools, etc.?
16. What were the projected traffic levels for the originally approved Five Lagunas Project? What is the difference between retail development and apartment development with respect to traffic?
17. How will high-density apartments/multifamily housing benefit residents? Did the 09 General Plan call for 200 apartments w/ options to add more in future phases? Are the approved 988 units mandated
18. What if residents do not want to see more housing developed beyond the 988 units approved in 2016 in a future project?
19. Why doesn’t the City simply ignore State housing element law?
20. What is the City’s obligation to help address the Statewide/federal affordable housing shortage, including low-income and homeless shelters?
21. What exactly is the Housing Crisis Act (SB 330) and how does it impact the new project submitted by MGP?
22. What are the key steps involved in the entitlement process?
23. How long will it take for the project to reach the public hearing?