of Leisure World began in the 1960s on 2,095 acres
formerly known as the Moulton Ranch. It was designed
to offer a full range of cultural and recreational
experiences for active adults within a safe and
efforts were initiated unsuccessfully - independently
and in conjunction with surrounding communities
- on several occasions. In 1996, threatened with
the development of a major commercial airport
on its borders, the Leisure World community hired
a consultant to explore future governance options.
The final report convinced community leaders to
pursue cityhood once again.
June 22, 1998, the Orange County Local Agency
Formation Commission approved the community's
application for incorporation; local voters ratified
the proposal on March 2, 1999.
History by City
of Laguna Woods