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 City Council adopted the City's 2021-2029 Housing Element on January 4, 2022.  Subsequent revisions were made based on comments from HCD. Public hearings are scheduled for Planning Commission on July 7, 2022, and City Council (tentatively) on August 16, 2022.  The adopted document and revisions can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

6TH CYCLE "2021 - 2029 HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN (submitted to HCD on January 6, 2022)

Revised 6TH CYCLE "2021 - 2029 HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN (June 2022)

Revisions to Housing Element

Environmental Analysis

City's Public Safety Element Update ("Safety Element") - The Planning Commission made a recommendation at the March 3, 2022, public hearing. City Council adopted it on April 5, 2022.

The Safety Element can be referenced here:


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.