2. ARTISTS’ LIVE/WORK: A two-year extension of time for a previously approved Conditional Use Permit 13-1047, Coastal Development Permit 13-1376 and Planning Commission Design Review 13-1375 to allow a 30-unit artists’ work/live development, including eight units that will be reserved for occupancy by low-income artists, at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road. This is the first request. An Initial Study with a determination of a Mitigated Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the Provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. The public review and comment period concerning this environmental document was from August 12, 2013 through September 20, 2013.
Staff Recommendation: Approve the proposed two-year time extension of the previously approved applications to construct a 30-unit artists’ work/live development, including eight units that will be reserved for occupancy by low-income artists, at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road.
9. SHORT TERM LODGING: Zoning Ordinance Amendment 15-2253 and Local Coastal Program Amendment 15-2254 – Planning Commission consideration on a draft ordinance reflecting City Council suggested possible amendments to Chapter 25.23, Short-Term Lodging, including prohibition of short-term lodging in residential zones, added standard conditions and requirements for short-term lodging permits, and grandfathering existing legal short-term lodging permits that would be converted to run with the owner rather than with the land. The City Council requested that the Planning Commission look into homesharing, home exchanges and allowing short-term lodging in selected R-3 zones. The Planning Commission will consider the draft provisions and will provide further direction to City staff for final City Council consideration. This proposal is exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Article 19 (Statutory Exemptions), Section 15265(c) Adoption of Coastal Plans.
Staff Recommendation: Find that (1) homesharing is a form of short-term lodging and should be considered a commercial use that should not be allowed in residential zones and (2) allowing short-term lodging in R-3 zoned properties should not be allowed because it will further deplete a limited supply of rental housing in Laguna Beach. Staff also recommends that the Planning Commission review and recommend City Council approval of the attached ordinance that includes, but is not limited to, prohibition of short-term lodging in residential zones, addition of commercial zones where they may be located, addition of conditions for approval, modification of the permit to run with the applicant and provisions to grandfather existing approved AUPs to the existing owner.