Senator Patricia Bates Announces Housing Planning Grant for Laguna Niguel

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded a $300,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant to the City of Laguna Niguel to help create more housing supply.

“I thank the Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding a planning grant to my hometown of Laguna Niguel,” said Senator Bates, a member of the Senate Housing Committee. “Advocating for local governments to access state funding and grant resources continues to be a priority. I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders to address vital needs.”

Funding for the grant comes from the 2019-20 state budget, which allocated $250 million to help prioritize planning activities that accelerate housing production. HCD established LEAP with $119 million in one-time grant funding for cities and counties.

Laguna Niguel will use its grant to conduct outreach and design guidelines concerning accessory dwelling units (ADUs), meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, fund geographic information system (GIS) upgrades, and more.

Senator Bates previously announced LEAP grants for Aliso Viejo, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, and Rancho Santa Margarita. The LEAP grants are in addition to SB 2 (2017) planning grants that she announced for Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.