Housing Element

 Housing Element 6th Cycle Update

The City is in the process of updating the Housing Element and Safety Element of our General Plan to ensure that we are prepared to meet the future housing needs of our community for the 2021-2029 planning period (6th Cycle). The Housing Element is a section of the City’s General Plan that addresses housing needs and conditions within Lake Forest. It identifies goals, policies, and programs that the City uses to guide actions related to housing.

We want to learn more about our community’s existing housing options, housing priorities, and opportunities available to best address the housing needs of all our residents, at all economic levels. 

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Through this link, you will find educational material related to the Housing Element, answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and other information to keep up to date on the process. 

The Draft Housing Element is currently available for review. The 30-day public comment period began September 22, 2021, and will extend through Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5 pm. 

The draft can be accessed by clicking here.

Public comments on the draft Housing Element can be submitted by the following methods: 

    Mailing written comments to: Amy Stonich, AICP, Assistant Director of Community Development, City of Lake Forest, 100 Civic Center Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630

    Emailing comments to: AStonich@lakeforestca.gov   

    Delivering written comments to the City during public counter hours. 

Public comments will be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council at a series of public hearings which have been tentatively scheduled as follows:

    Planning Commission on November 4, 2021

    City Council on January 4, 2022

Contact Us


  1. Gayle Ackerman, AICP

    Director of Community Development
    Phone: (949) 461-3460
  2. Amy Stonich, AICP

    Assistant Director of Community Development
    Phone: (949) 461-3479
  1. Planning Division

    Phone: (949) 461-3535
    Fax: (949) 461-3511

The Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) and the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) have collaborated to create a video series designed to communicate the ins and outs of California’s complicated housing policies.  The first two videos in the series introduce and provide an overview of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The third video outlines new California housing legislation.