Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of April 20, 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
CP 11-16-4981 AL Admin New fuel cell server and 8-ft. tall sound wall in a landscaped area in the rear parking area of Home Depot. 23651 El Toro Road Cheree Naes, Copre States Group Approved on April 20, 2017. Appeal period ends on May 8, 2017.
ZC 1-17-4998 AS Planning Commission Amend the City's Zoning Code related to Transitory Lodging. Citywide City of Lake Forest At their April 13, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission continued this item to the May 11, 2017 Planning Commission meeting.
SDP 6-16-4923 JM Planning Commission Modification to approved SDP 6-12-2697 for exterior and patio modifications for Avila’s Restaurant. 24406 Muirlands Boulevard Sal Avila At their April 13, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission continued this item to the May 11, 2017 Planning Commission meeting.
ZC 3-17-5023 NW Planning Commission Amend Section 2.060.010 and Chapter 9.02 of the Lake Forest Municipal Code to establish the Planning and Traffic Commission. Citywide City of Lake Forest At their April 13, 2017 meeting, the Planning Commission recommended approval of this item to the City Council.  City Council to review item at their May 2, 2017 meeting.
SDP 3-17-5015/ PSP 3-17-5014 JM Planning Commission Proposed amendment to SDP 2-16-4879 to modify the material, design and height of the community entry walls. Tracts 17707/17963- northwest corner of Portola Parkway and Rancho Parkway Rachel Lenz, Toll Brothers Inc. Approved on April 13, 2017. Appeal period to end on May 1, 2017.
CP 3-17-5024 BT Admin New retail automobile dealership with 2 vehicles or fewer 20371 Lake Forest Drive Farzad Jilany, First Carco America, Inc. Approved on April 6, 2017. Appeal period to end on April 24, 2017.
CP 03-17-5025 AL Admin Cittadina Trattoria Outdoor Patio 27412 Portola Parkway David Hall Approved on April 11, 2017.  Appeal period to end on April 26, 2017