Historical Timeline

City Council approved the Second Reading of Ordinance No. 290 to permit the use of Design-Build Project delivery method.
City maintenance contractor completed the removal of the remaining trees and non-native vegetation within the designated mitigation area. The trees were left so nesting birds would not be disturbed and removed immediately after nesting season concluded. Temporary fencing has been placed to identify the mitigation area for future planning.
City Council approved a design-build process for the construction of the single deck parking structure at the Lake Forest Civic Center Site.
City Council approved renaming Indian Ocean Drive to Civic Center Drive. This will serve as the primary point of access to the future Lake Forest Civic Center. This change would become effective in 2018.
The City held a special joint meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Senior Advisory Board on Thursday, October 20. The meeting provided the public an opportunity to solicit feedback regarding public spaces as laid out in the schematic design. The presentation included the review of major project milestones, the landscape master plan, the Senior Center, and the Community Center.   
On September 20, the City Council approved the Schematic Design, which shows concept renderings of City Hall, the Community Center, the Policing Center, and a two-story parking structure. A schematic design focuses on the "big idea," providing drawings that help the community visualize the buildings and their relationships with each other. It shows the overall general floor plan, simple elevations, and 3D views of each building. 
City Council received and filed presentation from architect Carrier Johnson. The architect provided a detailed overview of the interior plans for the major facilities, as well as additional visuals to illustrate the schematic design development of the Community Center's proposed partially covered, enclosed courtyard.
City Council approved the schematic design for comments and the First Amendment to the Bernards Bros. construction management contract modifying the scope of work and increasing compensation.
Civic Center Community Workshop II held to build upon key themes from the March 19, 2016 workshop.
City Council approved a three-year agreement with P2S Engineering for Civic Center Technology Design and Project Management Services in the amount of $348,500. The design of the Civic Center’s technology infrastructure will be critical to the functionality, flexibility, and usability of the Lake Forest Civic Center. This infrastructure includes physical infrastructure, hardware, communications systems, security systems, and audio-visual systems.
Senior Center Community Workshop II held to build upon key themes from the February 25, 2016 workshop.
Civic Center Community Workshop I to discuss potential amenities for the new Civic Center.
City Council authorized staff to pursue Green building certification/LEED Certified Status for the Civic Center to to promote sustainable design, thereby reducing environmental impacts.
City received approval to begin cutting invasive vegetation marking the first steps towards clearing the site for the future Civic Center. As part of the environmental measures, the City is required to remove all non-native vegetation located in the mitigation area. The City will not move or disturb any nesting birds located in the area. Once complete, temporary fencing will be placed around the mitigation area.
Senior Center Community Workshop I to discuss potential amenities for the new facility.
City Council reviews schematic plans for Civic Center from Carrier Johnson and requests follow up presentation on floor plans for Civic Center buildings. 
City resumes negotiations with Irvine Ranch Water District to address the loss of 1.5 acres of buildable land at the Civic Center site.
City awards contracts for Construction Management (Bernards Bros.) and Architectural Design (Carrier Johnson + CULTURE) services.
City receives Fish and Game Code Section 1600 Streambed Alteration Agreement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
City receives Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification from the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board.
Negotiations with Irvine Ranch Water District are suspended.
Army Corps of Engineers determines a Letter of Permission will not suffice and states the project now requires an Individual Permit.
City Council authorizes the release of RFPs for Architectural and Design services and Construction Management services.
Army Corps of Engineers indicates Civic Center project will qualify for a Letter of Permission.
City and Irvine Ranch Water District present Army Corps of Engineers with a revised Conceptual Plan which reduces the 9-acre buildable area by approximately 1.5 acres.
Staff requests authorization from the City Council to begin negotiations with Irvine Ranch Water District to amend the Development Agreement to address the reduction in net usable acres due to the Special Area Management Plan.
Army Corps of Engineers implements a new "Special Area Management Plan" for the San Diego Creek Watershed.
City and Irvine Ranch Water District jointly begins effort to obtain necessary regulatory permits.
City Council approves the Area Plan, Tentative Tract Map, and Environmental Impact Report for the Serrano Summit Development.
City develops a preliminary Conceptual Site Plan.
City Council affirms Planning Principles for the Project.
City accepts Offer of Dedication for the Civic Center site.
City conducts Opportunity Study Analysis to determine City Hall, Community Center, and Sports Park Needs Assessment and Program.