In September of 2023, the City of Costa Mesa initiated the preparation of a Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report to coordinate and facilitate transition of the Fairview Developmental Center (FDC) to a mixed use, mixed income housing community. The FDC is a State-owned property and the State Department of Developmental Services, State Department of General Services, and the City of Costa Mesa will partner on future disposition of the site.

The City’s 6th Cycle Housing Element lists the FDC as a housing opportunity site and estimates 2,300 housing units for the location. Through this process the State will likely sell or lease the FDC site to an owner/developer who would develop the site consistent with the Specific Plan. The Plan is expected to be completed in late 2025. The FDC Housing Plan is an exciting opportunity for the City to plan for a new neighborhood for Costa Mesa.

Satellite view showing the study area of the Developmental Center as it sits in the nearby neighborhoods. An orange dotted line shows the outline of the whole site, with a purple overlay in the southwest corner for the Emergency Operations Center, which is not part of this project.

Please continue to check this site for ongoing project updates and information about how to participate in the planning process.

Workshop #3

Topic: FDC Open House

Please join us for a project Open House! Come with your questions about the FDC site; bring your ideas and input to share. The Open House format gives the community the opportunity to walk through various stations to learn more about a variety of topics related to the FDC Specific Plan- there will be not a formal presentation, participants are welcome to drop in at any time from 6 pm to 8 pm at the locations below.

  • In-Person – Spanish and English:
    • Date: Thursday February 29, 2024
    • Time: 6-8 pm
    • Location: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive (Google Maps link)
  • In-Person – Spanish and English:
    • Date: Monday March 4, 2024
    • Time: 6-8 pm
    • Location: Iglesia Harbor Church, 740 W Wilson Street (Google Maps link)
  • Virtual:
    • Date: Wednesday March 6, 2024
    • Time: 6-8 pm
    • Location: Zoom, link to be announced later