How does the Manual affect existing objective standards?

The Objective Development and Design Standards (ODDS) Manual only applies to qualifying residential projects that can only be reviewed for compliance with objective standards. The Manual adds to our existing standards within the Laguna Niguel Zoning Code – they do not remove or modify existing objective standards. Development standards, such as density requirements (number of dwelling units per acre), building height restrictions, site/lot coverage, and Floor Area Ratio (amount of building square footage in proportion to site/lot square footage) still apply as required by the City’s General Plan, Zoning Code, Building Code, or Specific Plan (if applicable).  

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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?