Three years after the City incorporated in 1991, Lake Forest adopted its first General Plan to help guide the City’s physical development. Since then, the City has undergone a number of significant changes including the annexations of Portola Hills and Foothill Ranch, the closure of the El Toro Marine Corps Base, and the launch of the Opportunities Study Area. The 1994 General Plan guided the decisions that led to the transformation of Lake Forest into a thriving, well-balanced and sustainable community. The General Plan promoted economic revitalization of aging commercial areas such as Heritage Square and The Orchard, street and landscape beautification efforts, modernization of traffic circulation systems, and expanded recreation opportunities. Just as the City’s 1994 General Plan guided the City’s growth and development, the City’s 2035 General Plan will serve as a roadmap for the City’s future growth over the next 20 years.
Community Engagement – “Join the Conversation”
As the City embarks on the next comprehensive update of its General Plan, community members will play a key role in the visioning process. Areas of focus will include promoting business development, attracting jobs, preserving natural resources, and enhancing the community character and quality of life - everyone is a stakeholder. A General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) will be formed in early 2017 comprised of a diverse group of volunteers to ensure that the General Plan reflects the community’s vision for the future. The City encourages community involvement and participation at any level. For more information about how you can get involved and to receive the latest information about the project, register today.