Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of June 5, 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. 

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
SDP 01-19-5246 AL PC A request to review thirteen existing businesses that were established without proper zoning approval in the Canada Business Center. 22600-22741 Lambert Street Clark Pickford, PS Business Parks Approved on June 13, 2019. Appeal period to end on July 1, 2019.
SDP 04-19-5271 / PSP 05-19-5279 RS PC Convert an existing 7,536 sq. ft. single-tenant restaurant building in the Foothill Ranch Towne Centre (Miguel's) into a three-tenant building, addition of a new drive-through pick-up lane and window, new landscaping, outdoor dining, and a new trash enclosure; and permit drive-through signage. 26592 Towne Centre Drive Mike McCanless, Thomas English Retail Real Estate Approved on June 13, 2019. Appeal period to end on July 1, 2019.
CP 01-19-5244 DD PC A request to modify Serrano Summit Drive from its approved concept as depicted in the Serrano Summit Area Plan and Tentative Tract Map 17331 including street design sidewalk, parkway, landscaping, and wall height and type in the northerly portion of the Serrano Summit Development (Area Plan 2009-01) Southwest of Commercentre Drive and Civic Center Drive and north of Olympus Aseel Danan, Lennar Homes of California, Inc. Approved on June 13, 2019. Appeal period to end on July 1, 2019.
CP 04-19-5272 JA Admin The addition of a fenced patio area with 16 seats for the existing business Café Du Jour.  20672 Lake Forest Drive, Suite B Michael Darwich, Cafe Du Jour Approved on June 5, 2019. Appeal period to end on June 20, 2019.
ZC 04-19-5269 RS PC Ordinance amending Chapters 9.162 and 9.184 as pertinent to wireless communication facilities in the public right-of-way, as necessary for consistency with recent FCC order; Resolution adopting design standards for wireless communication facilities in the public right-of-way. Citywide N/A Continued to the meeting of June 13, 2019.