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  • City Council Chambers 505 Forest Avenue Laguna Beach, CA, 92651 United States (map)


City Council Agenda

Item 14: HISTORIC PRESERVATION ORDINANCE TASK FORCE Proposal to establish and make appointments to a Historic Preservation Task Force. 

Recommendations: Establish a Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force and appoint the members through a nomination process. 

Staff Report

Hearing Item A

APPEAL OF THE DECEMBER 13, 2017 PLANNING COMMISSION APPROVAL OF DESIGN REVIEW 17-2506 AND COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT 17-2507 VILLAGE ENTRANCE Proposal to construct improvements within City-owned property for the Village Entrance project California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Determination: The Planning Commission approved a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines. There was no public testimony concerning the proposed CEQA determination, nor does the appeal raise a CEQA issue. 

Recommendations: (1) Sustain the Planning Commission’s approval of the project with modifications as proposed by the Planning Commission Subcommittee listed as items 1 through 5 and 7 on pages 2 and 3 of the staff report to be included in the final design of the project; and (2) Review recommendations listed as items 6, 8 and 9 on page 3 of the staff report and provide direction to staff as to their inclusion in the final design of the project.

Staff Report

Hearing Item C: Coast Inn and Liquor Store Project at City Council

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 16-2479, PLANNING COMMISSION DESIGN REVIEW 16-2475, COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT 16-2480, VARIANCE 16-2482, AND MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR REMODELING PROJECT AT 1391 AND 1401 SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY Proposal to remodel an existing 24-room hotel (The Coast Inn) and a convenience store and retail cottage (The Coast Liquor Store and an Olympic Cottage.) California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Determination: The Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study found that although the proposed project could have potentially significant impacts on the environment, the incorporation of mitigation measures would reduce any potential environmental impacts to a level of insignificance. Since the preparation of this initial study, although the project has been modified, the project has only been reduced in size; therefore, staff believes that the findings in the initial study are still valid and that the project will not create a significant impact as conditioned. The Mitigated Negative Declaration/Initial Study has been attached as pp. 201-235. If the City Council adopts the Planning Commission’s recommendation, no CEQA determination need be made. (Public Resources Code Section 21080(b)(5).) 

Recommendations: It is recommended by the Planning Commission to adopt the Resolution entitled “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, DENYING CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 16-2479, PLANNING COMMISSION DESIGN REVIEW 16-2475, COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT 16-2480, AND VARIANCE 16-2482 AT 1391 AND 1401 SOUTH COAST HIGHWAY.” Because denial of the proposed project is recommended, no determination need be made pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

Staff Report



Coast Inn Proposed Plans

Coast Liquor Proposed Plans

Please let our City Council know your views before the 23rd. Here are the email addresses for the City Council members and also for Martina Caron at the City.  (You can also drop letters at City Hall, one copy for each.) Please send to all:

Kelly Boyd       
Rob Zur Schmiede
Toni Iseman     
Steve Dicterow
Bob Whalen     
Martina Caron  

Speaking at the hearing:  We need EVERYONE to show up, if possible, to speak for 1-2 minutes at the hearing. It has a huge impact on City Council members when they see that residents care enough to show up and be heard. If you spoke before, please speak again. If you weren't able to speak at the Planning Commission meeting, please try to make it on the 23rd.  

Later Event: January 25
Design Review Board