Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of February 15, 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
Director of Community Development (949) 461-3463
Niki Wetzel Assistant Director of Community Development (949) 461-3479
Ron Santos
Senior Planner (949) 461-3449
Marie Luna Senior Planner (949) 461-3466

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

Current Projects

For a list of projects that the Planning Division is currently processing, click here.

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 contact Jennifer Mansur, Associate Planner at or (949) 461-3472. 
Notice of Intent (NOI)
Kingdom Hall Final Mitigated Negative Declaration - Initial Study
Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for Public Review
Appendix A: Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Analysis
Appendix B: Cultural Resources Inventory & Paleontology Records Search
Appendix C: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
Appendix D: Noise Impact Analysis
Appendix E: Traffic Impact Analysis
Appendix F: Preliminary Hydrology Report
Appendix G: Geotechnical Engineering Report
Appendix H: Conceptual Water Quality Management Plan
Appendix I: Proposed Project Plans

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
PSP 11-18-5237 AL/JM PC Planned Sign Program for wall signage at an existing office building. 23161 Lake Center Drive  Corry Enyart, Saddleback Signs Approved on February 14, 2019. Appeal period to end on March 4, 2019.
UP 03-18-5138 AL PC Request for an attended donation center including two donation containers for Laura’s House, a non-profit organization, located in the Twin Peaks Shopping Center. 23635 El Toro Road, Suite F Teresa Schickling, Laura’s House Approved on February 14, 2019.  Appeal period to end on March 4, 2019.
SDP 02-18-5120/ UP 08-18-5203/PSP 02-18-5123/ PSP 08-18-5123 JM PC Construction of a new 1,710 square- foot drive-through restaurant (Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf) in an existing shopping center. The project also includes a request to open at 4:00 a.m., a planned sign program for the drive-through signage and amendment to the Planned Sign Program 2010-02 to modify the wall sign regulations and allow an additional monument sign. 22441 El Toro Road Kane Sawtelle, MerloneGeier Partners Approved on February 14, 2019. Appeal period to end on March 4, 2019.
GPA 03-18-5133/ ZC 03-18-5134/ TPM 03-18-5135/ SDP 03-18-5137/GPC 12-18-5240 JM PC/CC A General Plan Conformance making certain findings regarding the disposition of real property; A General Plan Amendment to change the General Plan designation from Transportation Corridor to Public Facility; A Zone Change to change the zoning of the property from General Agriculture (A-1) to Community Commercial; A Tentative Parcel Map to subdivide the parcel into two separate parcels; A Site Development Permit for the construction of two 3,312 square foot, single-story buildings, which will be used for religious purposes. The project includes grading, landscaping, and a parking lot with 140 parking stalls. 23061 and 23071 El Toro Road Gregg Winer, JW Congregation Support, Inc Planning Commission recommended approval of the project to City Council at their February 14, 2019 meeting.  City Council public hearing tentatively scheduled for April 2, 2019.
SDP 11-18-5231 JM Admin Request to reconfigure and restripe the entire parking lot at the Hunter Court Shopping Center. The new parking lot includes a new driveway entrance at the traffic signal on Rockfield Blvd (across from the Orchard Shopping Center). The plans includes new parking lot lighting, landscaping, cart corrals, and one new trash enclosure. 23812 El Toro Road, 24332-24422 Rockfield Blvd Greg James, McKently Malak Architects Approved on February 14, 2019.  Appeal period to end on March 1, 2019.