Transition to District Elections

District Elections 

On January 16, 2024, to complete the transition from at-large citywide election to by-district elections and comply with state law, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2023-226, establishing by-district elections, defining district boundaries, and scheduling elections within the districts. With this action, all five City Council members shall be elected on a "by-district" basis from the Council districts shown and numbered on the adopted map titled, 'City of Laguna Niguel District Map'. 

Commencing with the November 2024 General Municipal election, and every four years thereafter, the following three City Council districts shall be elected by-district: District 1;  District 3; and District 5.  In November 2026, and every four years thereafter, the following two City Council districts shall be elected by-district: District 2 and District 4.  

While the district formation process is now complete, this webpage shall remain live to serve as an archive of the election changes including the schedule, draft maps submitted/considered, and background information.

City of Laguna Niguel District Map

Please click the website button below to view the adopted District Map: 

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The District Formation Process & Background Information 

The City of Laguna Niguel, like numerous of other cities and school districts across the state, had to change the process of how voters elect its City Council Members. As of 2024, voters will vote for one City Council Member who lives in their district. This has replaced the City's previous system of at-large citywide elections in which voters had the ability to vote for all City Council Members.

Local governments use data from the U.S. Census Bureau to draw district lines to reflect the changing local population demographics. State law requires cities  to engage communities in the districting process by holding public hearings and conducting public outreach.

One of the City's primary goals when drawing City Council Districts was to draw lines that respect neighborhoods and communities of interest. 

Public Participation

The City held 4 Public Hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Those public input hearings were held on:

Date & TimePublic Hearings & LocationMeeting Documents
September 5, 2023 at 7 p.m.Public Hearing #1 
(Pre-Map)

Laguna Niguel Council Chamber
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Public Hearing Notice

PowerPoint Presentation - Districting 101

Public Hearing #1 

September 19, 2023 at 7 p.m.Public Hearing #2 
(Pre-Map)

Laguna Niguel Council Chamber
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Public Hearing Notice

PowerPoint Presentation - Public Hearing #2

Public Hearing #2
November 7, 2023 at 7 p.m.Public Hearing #3 
Introduce Draft Maps

Laguna Niguel Council Chamber
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Public Hearing Notice 

PowerPoint Presentation - Public Hearing #3

Public Hearing #3
December 5, 2023 at 7 p.m.Public Hearing #4
Revised Draft Maps 

Laguna Niguel Council Chamber
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Public Hearing Notice

PowerPoint Presentation - Public Hearing #4

Public Hearing #4
January 16, 2024 at 7 p.m.Meeting to Adopt
Final Vote  

Laguna Niguel Council Chamber
30111 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Staff Report

Ordinance No. 2023-226

City Council Meeting 

Public Map & Demographer Map Submissions

The City Council was the ultimate decision-making authority throughout the districting process, and the City Council reviewed every map submitted by the public. 

Additionally, the City contracted a professional demographer to assist as an educator and facilitator during the process to transition to a District-based election system.  The professional demographer also provided draft map submittals to the City Council based upon themes found in the public map submittals and known communities of interest. 

Below are all the maps that were submitted by the public and the demographer. 

MAP NAME,  SUBMITTED DATE & TIMEMAP PACKET WEB MAP
Public Plan 1 (4 Districts)
09/19/23
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School Boundaries ID: 197512
09/20/23, 3:38 p.m.
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Balanced Districts ID: 198185
09/26/23, 7:43 a.m.
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ID: 198698
09/28/23, 10:23 a.m.
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4 Districts ID: 198783
09/28/23, 3:17 p.m.
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ID: 198819
09/28/23, 10:52 p.m.
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ID: 199726
10/04/23, 10:08 a.m.
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ID: 199731
10/04/23, 10:20 a.m.
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ID: 199999
10/05/23, 4:11 p.m.
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ID: 200931
10/11/23, 12:54 p.m.
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ID: 201331
10/13/23, 9:40 a.m.
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ID: 201897
10/16/23, 12:58 p.m.
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Fair District Map ID: 203004
10/20/23, 4:37 p.m.
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ID: 203079
10/20/23, 2:52 p.m.
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Balanced Fair District Map ID: 203521
10/23/23, 2:58 p.m.
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ID: 203848
10/24/23, 3:05 p.m.
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Citizen ID: 207599
11/06/23, 12:38 p.m.
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Best Guess ID: 207774
11/07/23. 8:53 a.m.
View PDFView Web Map

NOTE:  Per the requirements of the law, the City’s map drawing process began following the initial two public hearings held on September 5, 2023, and September 19, 2023.  The public was encouraged and permitted to utilize ranking criteria to create proposed district maps for consideration; and, was also provided with an opportunity to submit said maps prior to October 25, 2023. In accordance with state law, all public submittal and draft maps for Council’s consideration at the third public hearing (November 7, 2023), were posted on the City website on or before October 31, 2023, at least seven days prior to the public hearing. In accordance with state law, all public submittal and draft maps for Council’s consideration at the fourth public hearing (December 5, 2023), were posted on the City website on or before November 28, 2023, at least seven days prior to the public hearing.

On June 16, 2023, the City of Laguna Niguel received a letter (PDF) challenging the City’s current election system and asserting that the City’s at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). 

The City of Laguna Niguel is not unique in this situation. Agencies throughout the State have received similar demand letters prompting a shift from at-large to district-based elections. While it is unclear if the City’s current system runs afoul of existing law, the cost of litigation to defend the at-large system, coupled with the track record of other public agencies that have fought similar challenges, poses a significant financial and legal risk to the City. 

In light of the letter and to protect the City from financial and legal risks, Laguna Niguel is taking steps to consider transitioning its election process to district-based elections. To read the City's Official Press Release, please CLICK HERE.  


To read the Mayor Kelly Jennings' official statement on the City's response to the demand to convert to district-based elections, please CLICK HERE or click the image below.

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