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City Council Meeting

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

Items of Interest

16.ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT PROCESS RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF HERITAGE, DESIGN REVIEW APPROVED AND PRIVATELY MAINTAINED TREES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY Proposed introduction of Ordinance to establish a tree removal permit process. 

Recommendations: Introduce the Ordinance entitled “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, TO ESTABLISH A TREE REMOVAL PERMIT PROCESS RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF HERITAGE, DESIGN REVIEW APPROVED AND PRIVATELY MAINTAINED TREES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY” by (1) asking the City Clerk to read the title of the Ordinance, and (2) approving a motion to waive further reading of the Ordinance and pass it to a second reading.

Staff Report

17. ZONING ORDINANCE AMENDMENT 17-1932 AND LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAM AMENDMENT 17-1933 TO AMEND SECTIONS 25.08.002, 25.08.010, 25.08.020, 25.08.022, 25.08.028, 25.10.004, AND 25.52.004(C)(2) AND CHAPTER 25.17 OF THE LAGUNA BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS AND JUNIOR ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS; and statutory exemption from CEQA. 

Recommendations:

1. Define “public transit” as “ a fixed-route service open to the public at large and includes transit stations, bus stations, bus stops, such as Orange County Transportation Authority, or another fixed route service as adopted by City Council resolution as it pertains to Chapter 25.17 of this title.”

2. An ADU within an existing structure shall:

A. (Staff recommendation) Comply with all other standards of the ADU ordinance related to lot size, unit size and parking; or

B. (Alternative) An ADU within an existing structure shall be permitted provided it meets the minimum size restriction; or

C. (Alternative) All development provisions are no longer applicable if an ADU were incorporated into an existing single-family residence or accessory structure, including lot size, unit size, parking, and within a zone for single-family use on a single-family lot.

3. Consider one the following three options regarding lots located in impaired access areas:

A. (Staff recommendation) Approve the draft ordinance to not allow a parking exemption for lots located within impaired access areas and that parking must be provided for the ADU; or

B. (Alternative) Exclude lots in the R-1 and RHP zones located within impaired access areas from having an ADU; or

C. (Alternative) Maintain existing ordinance requirements for a minimum lot size of 6,000 square-feet with no exclusions within impaired access areas identified within the General Plan.

4. Approve an incentive to establish affordable units by reducing the minimum lot size from 6,000 square-feet to 4,000 square-feet when deed-restricted for low- to moderate-income persons or seniors (62 years and older).

5. Direct staff to develop an enforcement and monitoring program that will be brought back for the City Council’s consideration at a future meeting.

6. Ask the City Clerk to read the title of the Ordinance, as presented or as may be amended: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, AMENDING SECTIONS 25.08.002, 25.08.010, 25.08.020, 25.08.022, 25.08.028, 25.10.004, 25.52.004(C)(2) AND CHAPTER 25.17 OF THE LAGUNA BEACH MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS AND JUNIOR ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS.”

7. Approve a motion to waive further reading of the Ordinance and pass it to a second reading.

Staff Report

18. SOUTH LAGUNA COMMUNITY GARDEN Status update and request for direction regarding possible acquisition of the South Laguna Community Garden. 

Recommendations: Councilmember Dicterow and Mayor Pro Tem Zur Schmiede recommend that the City Council discuss and provide direction to the City Manager regarding: (1) Duration for funding earmark for the South Laguna Community Garden; and (2) Next steps in potential acquisition of the South Laguna Community Garden parcels.

Staff Report

PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR APPEALS – (Noticed for 6:00 p.m.)


A. APPEAL OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION TO DENY ADMINISTRATIVE USE PERMIT 17-2630 FOR ONE SHORT-TERM LODGING UNIT AT 590 NORTH COAST HIGHWAY Proposal to establish one short-term lodging unit in the Residential High Density Zone.  California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Determination: Staff determined that, if approved, the project would qualify for a Class 1 (Existing Facilities) categorical exemption pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15301, since the project involves minor alterations to an existing structure with negligible or no expansion of use beyond that which is existing.  The property is not located within an environmentally sensitive area and there is no evidence of any unusual environmental conditions. 

Recommendations: Conduct a public hearing; and determine if approval of AUP 17-2630 is warranted based upon the merits of the application and inclusion of conditions that adequately address potential neighborhood impacts.

Staff Report

Earlier Event: May 5
Village Laguna Board Meeting
Later Event: May 10
Design Review Board