The 122-acre (ac) proposed Project site is located at 20261 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630 (Assessor's Parcel Number [APN] 612-221-01) and is currently operating as Nakase Brothers Wholesale Nursery, an agricultural wholesale plant nursery. The proposed Project site is located in the north-central portion of Lake Forest in Orange County, California. The areas surrounding the proposed Project site consist of a mix of land uses, including commercial, office, open space, industrial, and residential uses. The proposed Project site is bounded on the northwest by Bake Parkway, on the northeast by Rancho Parkway, on the southeast by Serrano Creek Trail, and on the southwest by commercial, industrial, and office uses, with Dimension Drive beyond. Although not immediately adjacent to the proposed Project site, single-family and multifamily residential uses exist to the northwest, northeast, and south of the proposed Project site.
The Nakase Property Area Plan would facilitate the development of the 122 ac proposed Project site as a master-planned community. Implementation of the Area Plan would include development of residential uses, a potential elementary school site, and over 28 acres of parks, open space, and habitat restoration area. While the Area Plan identifies the potential school site, the Saddleback Valley Unified School District will decide whether a school is required.
The Area Plan would establish guidelines for the future development of the planned community, which would consist of single-family residential units (contained in five distinct neighborhoods), affordable apartment units for senior citizens, an elementary school site, parks and open space, an internal circulation system, and a multipurpose water quality basin. The proposed Project would entitle development of up to 675 two- and three-story, single-family residential units on approximately 61.4 acres of the site. In order to meet the City's affordable housing policy as stipulated in the Housing Element (2014), up to 101 senior affordable housing units would be constructed on 3.9 acres in a two to three story building with an elevator. The units would be available for rent.
The proposed elementary school site would accommodate a school for approximately 800 to 1,000 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The school site would be located on the northwestern portion of the proposed Project site, at the corner of Bake Parkway and Rancho Parkway.
Access to the proposed Project site would be provided at three proposed locations: two entries at Bake Parkway and one entry at Rancho Parkway. The two entries at Bake Parkway would line up with existing roads (Rancho Parkway South and Orchard Street).
On Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., the Community Development Department of the City of Lake Forest will host a "Scoping Meeting" for the Nakase Project General Plan Amendment and Zone Change. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Community Room B, at Lake Forest City Hall at 25550 Commercentre Drive.
The purpose of the scoping meeting is to request input from resource agencies and the general public regarding the scope and content of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) being prepared for the project. Your ideas and comments will contribute to the completeness and relevance of the analysis. While the scoping meeting provides a forum for gathering comments on the environmental analysis for the project, it is not a public hearing. No formal action will be taken regarding the project at the scoping meeting. The City invites you to submit written comments describing your specific environmental concerns, if any. The comment review period will run from July 16, 2018 to August 15, 2018, and all written comments will need to be submitted by August 15, 2018, by email to Marie Luna, Senior Planner.
Additional opportunities for public input regarding the project will be provided later in the environmental review process when the EIR is available for public review and comment. The City's Planning Commission and City Council are both expected to hold public hearings on the project during Spring/Summer 2019.