Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of October 11, 2019

Most decisions 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 Community Development 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, AICP
Director of Community Development (949) 461-3463 Email Gayle Ackerman
Niki Wetzel, AICP Assistant Director of Community Development (949) 461-3479 Email Niki Wetzel
Ron Santos
Senior Planner (949) 461-3449 Email Ron Santos
Marie Luna Senior Planner (949) 461-3466

Email Marie Luna

Debbie Drasler Contract Senior Planner (949) 461-3466 Email Debbie Drasler
Jennifer Mansur, AICP
Associate Planner (949) 461-3472 Email Jennifer Mansur
Amanda Lauffer
Associate Planner (949) 461-3491 Email Amanda Lauffer

Current Projects

View a list of projects (PDF) that the Planning Division is currently processing. 

Nakase Nursery

Public Comment Period: August 20, 2019 to October 3, 2019

Click here for Draft Environmental Impact Report and Appendices

If you have any questions about this project or the following environmental information, please email Marie Luna, Senior Planner, or call at (949) 461-3466.

Description of Nature, Purpose, and Beneficiaries of Project:

Pursuant to Public Resources Code Sections 21091 and 21092 and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) State Guidelines Section 15105 and 15087(a), notice is hereby given that a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (State Clearinghouse No: 2018071035) for the Nakase Nursery/Toll Brothers Project (proposed Project) is available for public review during the public comment period (August 20, 2019 through October 3, 2019). The City of Lake Forest (City) has prepared the Draft EIR to analyze environmental impacts associated with implementation of the proposed Project; to discuss alternatives; and to propose mitigation measures for identified potentially significant impacts that will minimize, offset, or otherwise reduce or avoid those environmental impacts.

The applicant (Toll Brothers Southern California Division) proposes the approval of the Nakase Property Area Plan, which would establish guidelines for the future development of a master-planned community on the 122 acre Project site and would consist of the following: up to 675 single-family residential units; up to 101 senior affordable apartment units; an elementary school site accommodating up to 1,000 students; parks, open space, and habitat restoration area; an internal circulation system; and a multipurpose water quality basin. As part of the Project, a General Plan Amendment would change the land use designation from Business Park to Low-Medium, Medium, and High Density Residential, Public Facilities, Community Park/Open Space, and Regional Park/Open Space. Up to 10 of the residential units on the Project site would be permanent supportive housing (PSH) units. The Project proposes to change the Project site’s zoning classification from A1 (Agriculture) to Planned Community. A Vesting Tentative Tract Map, Development Agreement, and Planned Sign Program are also required. The Project Applicant intends to dedicate approximately 11.5 acres to the Saddleback Valley Unified School District for development of a public elementary school on the Project site.

Kingdom Halls Project Environmental Documentation (23061 and 23071 El Toro Road)

Public Review Period from January 4, 2019 to January 23 ,2019.

This project includes General Plan Amendment 03-18-5133, Zone Change 03-18-5134, Site Development Permit 03-18-5137, Tentative Parcel Map 03-18-5135, and General Plan Conformance 12-18-5240 for the construction of two new buildings (Kingdom Halls), which will be used for religious purposes. If you have any questions about this project or the following environmental information, please email Jennifer Mansur, Associate Planner or call at (949) 461-3472.

Notice of Intent (NOI) (PDF)

Kingdom Hall Final Mitigated Negative Declaration - Initial Study (PDF)

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Public Review (PDF)

Appendix A: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Analysis (PDF)

Appendix B: Cultural Resources Inventory & Paleontology Records Search (PDF)

Appendix C: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (PDF)

Appendix D: Noise Impact Analysis (PDF)

Appendix E: Traffic Impact Analysis (PDF)

Appendix Fax: Preliminary Hydrology Report (PDF)

Appendix G: Geotechnical Engineering Report (PDF)

Appendix H: Conceptual Water Quality Management Plan (PDF)

Appendix I: Proposed Project Plans (PDF)

Recent Decisions

The following table is a list of recent decisions and corresponding appeal periods, when applicable.

Case Number Planner Approving Body Description Location Applicant Status
PSP 08-19-5299 AL PC Planned Sign Program for Stater Brothers wall signage. The Planned Sign Program requests a deviation from the Sign Code requirements for the maximum letter height and total number of signs along the front elevation.  22351 El Toro Road Barbara Cohen, Architectural Design & Signs, Inc.  Approved on October 11, 2019.  Appeal period to end on October 28, 2019.