It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning has already started.
Have you been hearing all the sonic booms?
The first salvo was the recently approved but hotly contested artist live-work project. Right on its heels was a massive public storage proposal, which failed to get past initial planning reviews but is not necessarily dead yet.
In the background is the ever-expanding Laguna College of Art + Design, and coming Tuesday to the City Council is the Friendship Shelter's proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna's homeless.
All of this in the "rural" canyon.
All on a two-lane road that is already gridlocked.
All of these projects are perfectly legal, necessary and likely to eventually pass.
Will they be approved as is? Probably not. But the question remains: What is acceptable development in Laguna Canyon?