State law requires that all counties and cities adopt and maintain a “comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the county or city, and of any land outside its boundaries which in the [county’s or city’s] judgment bears relation to its planning” (California Government Code Section 65300). State law further requires that general plans include a minimum of seven elements (or “chapters”) – circulation, conservation, housing, land use, noise, open space, and safety (California Government Code Section 65302).
The City’s General Plan was initially adopted in October 2002, following adoption of an Interim General Plan in January 2001, and reliance on planning by the County of Orange prior to and immediately following the City’s incorporation in March 1999. While most of the General Plan elements have been updated since 2002, the General Plan, as a whole, was adopted anticipating a planning horizon of 2015. The City is currently completing a comprehensive update of the General Plan to establish a new, 25-year vision for Laguna Woods.
Current General Plan Documents
2002 General Plan Documents