Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of June 15, 2017

Most appeals are effective 15 days after the date of the City’s Notice of Decision unless an appeal is filed.

Administrative approvals by the Director of Development Services may be appealed to the Planning Commission. Planning Commission decisions may be appealed to the City Council. Any appeal must set forth in writing the specific grounds for the appeal and be directed to the City Clerk. Refer to the Municipal Code for more information regarding the appeals process, or contact the City Clerk at (949) 461-3420.
For information on a specific project, please contact the planner assigned to that project.
Planner Title Phone Email
Gayle Ackerman
Director of Development Services (949) 461-3463 gackerman@lakeforestca.gov
Niki Wetzel Planning Manager (949) 461-3479 nwetzel@lakeforestca.gov
Ron Santos
Senior Planner (949) 461-3449 rsantos@lakeforestca.gov
Marie Luna Senior Planner (949) 461-3466

mluna@lakeforestca.gov

Amy Stonich Contract Senior Planner (949) 461-3466 astonich@lakeforestca.gov
Jennifer Mansur
Associate Planner (949) 461-3472 jmansur@lakeforestca.gov
Amanda Lauffer
Assistant Planner (949) 461-3491 alauffer@lakeforestca.gov
Bryan Tung Planning Intern (949) 461-3496 btung@lakeforestca.gov

Current Projects


For a list of projects that the Planning Division is currently processing, click here.
  

Recent Decisions



The table below is a list of recent decisions and corresponding appeal periods, when applicable.
Case No. Planner Approving Body Description Location Applicant Status
SDP 04-17-5031 ML Admin Model home complex for SDP 6-16-4954: Brookhaven, a single family residential development in Portola South, Planning Area R-5. Tract 17946 Brian Frame, Landsea Approved on June 13, 2017. Appeal period to end on June 28, 2017
SDP 05-17-5038 RS Admin Model home complex for Tract 17543 (Sagebrush) consisting of 4 model homes, 1 in-garage temporary sales office, 11 off-street parking spaces, 1 portable restroom, and a temporary shade structure. Tract 17543 Tara Freese, Shea Homes Approved on June 12, 2017. Appeal period to end on June 27, 2017
SDP 04-17-5029 AL Planning Commission New Montessori school for 56 children including new outdoor play area. 20651 Lake Forest Drive. #101A Brittney Lafontaine, New Thought Montessori Approved on June 8, 2017. Appeal period to end on June 26, 2017.
SDP 3-17-5013 AL Planning Commission Establish the required number of off-street parking spaces for Miracle Recovery Center, a permitted medical office use, located within an existing 2,500 sq. ft. office space. 23331 El Toro Road, Suite 102 Aaron Goldberg, Miracle Recovery Center Called up for review by the City Council.  Public hearing to be held on July 18, 2017.
UP 11-15-4854 AS Planning Commission Request to construct a new self-storage facility and warehouse storage building with vehicle rentals (UHaul). 25290 Jeronimo Road Jim Lorimer Approved on June 8, 2017. Appeal period to end on June 26, 2017.
ZC 03-17-5009 AS City Council Amend the City's Zoning Code related to Accessory Dwelling Units. Citywide City of Lake Forest City Council introduced item and conducted first reading at their June 6, 2017 meeting.  Second reading and adoption scheduled for the June 20, 2017 meeting.
ZC 01-17-4998 AS City Council Amend the City's Zoning Code related to Transitory Lodging. Citywide City of Lake Forest City Council introduced item and conducted first reading at their June 6, 2017 meeting. Second reading and adoption scheduled for the June 20, 2017 meeting.
SDP 06-16-4923 JM Planning Commission Modification to approved SDP 6-12-2697 for exterior and patio modifications for Avila’s Restaurant. 24406 Muirlands Boulevard Sal Avila Approved on June 8, 2017.  Appeal period to end on June 26, 2017.