Current Projects and Recent Decisions

Updated as of May 21, 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
CP 03-19-5256 AL Admin Addition of new EV charging stations and new equipment enclosure in a section of the Wal-Mart parking lot.  26502 Towne Centre Drive Scott Horsley, Black & Veatch Approved on May 21, 2019. Appeal period to end on  June 5, 2019.
CP 04-19-5273 JA Admin T-Mobile Wireless Monopole modifications including the removal and replacement of 3 antennas, installation of 2 RRUs, and upgrades to existing equipment. 200 Spectrum Center Drive, Suite 1700  Mike Peluso, Crown Castle Approved on May 15, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 30, 2019.
EP 04-19-5270 JA Admin Bigshots Billard Bar is requesting to renew their Entertainment permit. Entertainment includes karaoke, bands and disc jockey.  23512 El Toro Road Chance Betor, Bigshots Billiards Bar and Grill Approved on May 15, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 30, 2019.
EP 04-19-5265 JA Admin Rush Bar and Grill is requesting entertainment that includes karaoke, bands and disc jockey. 23532 El Toro Road # 23 Jarrod Schulz, Rush Bar an Grill Approved on May 15, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 30, 2019.
UP 11-18-5238/TTM 18188 DD PC A request for 95 single-family Detached Enclave Urban Court development, in conjunction with Tentative Tract Map 18188 (Soria at Serrano Summit) in the previously-approved Serrano Summit residential development. South of Commercentre Drive, between Civic Center Drive and Serrano Summit Drive Jaren Nuzman, Lennar Homes of CA Approved on May 9, 2019.  Appeal period to end on May 28, 2019.
SDP 01-19-5241/UP 02-19-5247 ML PC Request to establish a 3,935 square-foot drive-thru restaurant (“Raising Cane’s”) with outdoor dining and late night hours in the Foothill Ranch Towne Center.  26782 Portola Parkway Ruben Gonzalez for Cane’s Chicken Fingers Approved on May 9, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 28, 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.
SDP 04-18-5152 AL Admin Exterior water hose and parking lot improvements for loading area for 3D Chemicals and Equipment, an automobile detail and accessory retail store.  23366 El Toro Road  Elizabeth Pilori, 3D Chemical and Equipment 
Approved on May 6, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 21, 2019.

CP 03-19-5262  AL Admin Expansion of deck area outside of the portable “Green Room” building on the Saddleback Church Campus. Additional improvements include new building paint, lighting, and landscaping.   1 Saddleback Parkway  James Thayer, Timeless Architecture  Approved on May 6, 2019. Appeal period to end on May 21, 2019.