Which projects are eligible for streamlined ministerial review?

In the City of Laguna Niguel, projects eligible for streamlined ministerial review are primarily new multifamily and mixed-use residential developments with an affordability component. These projects must meet specific criteria as outlined by applicable State laws, such as Senate Bill 35, which may include location requirements, specified affordability levels, and/or prevailing wage. If a project is not mandated by State law to be exclusively reviewed against objective standards, it will be subject to the City’s discretionary design review process. We advise applicants to consult the California Government Code and applicable State laws to confirm eligibility for streamlined review. Failure to meet any of the criteria will require the project to undergo the standard discretionary process.

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1. What are objective development and design standards?
2. Which projects are eligible for streamlined ministerial review?
3. How do I submit a project that qualifies for streamlined ministerial review?
4. How does the Manual affect existing objective standards?
5. What if a project does not comply with the Manual?
6. Are developers required to follow a set design style as per the Manual?