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February 25, 2005
Barbara Diamond The Planning Commission is urging the public to participate in a review of the land use element of the city's general plan. A workshop will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday in the City Council chambers. "The main purpose of the workshop is to get community input," Commissioner Anne Johnson said. "We are not interested in what we think; we want to hear what they think." The land use element coordinates and synthesizes the polices of the other six other mandated general plan elements: circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise and safety, and may even go beyond physical planning to address social and economic issues.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 11, 2006
Home buyers looking for a "really big" house — or site on which to build one — will not find it in Laguna if supporters of a limit on single-family residence sizes prevail. "Mansionization" looms large in the minds of many Laguna Beach residents, with an absolute limit on home sizes seen as the key to the preservation of the prized "village character." The selection and study of the best methods to preserve the integrity of the city's distinct qualities was one of the top priorities of the Planning Commission's subcommittee tasked with updating the land use element of the general plan.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
The City Council will get a different perspective this week on what it approved in June for the new Lifeguard Headquarters, public restrooms and sewer lift station on Main Beach. Stakes will outline the footprint of a conceptual plan that is 50% larger than structures the city's general plan allows on the beach. The proposal required a revision to the city's Local Coastal Program, which was granted this month by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners accepted the city's premise that the project was worthy of special consideration because it provides the significant public benefit of beach and bluff restoration.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Barbara Diamond Planning Commissioners Linda Dietrich and Norman Grossman were reappointed Tuesday by the City Council for another two-year hitch. This will be Dietrich's second term on the commission. "It has been a huge learning curve," said Dietrich, who previously served on the Arts Commission. "I am on two commission sub-committees -- the land use element and artist live/work. "I'd like to see the projects through completion." Grossman has served the city since 1984.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Most folks haven?t a clue about the city?s Land Use Element in the General Plan and couldn?t care less that it was recently updated. They should. The land use element dictates the policies for all development in the city: what and where you can build or operate. It is one of the major tools used to determine how the city will look, feel and function in the years to come. To be effective, it must reflect the needs and desires of the community, and the updated element approved July 7 by the City Council meets that goal, city officials said.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Transition Laguna is doing amazing things. The edible garden installs have been a catalyst in community building. On April 12, Transition is producing a solar power roundtable with three companies on the leading edge of new technologies that can save homeowners money and reduce our reliance on the grid. It's at 7 p.m. at Bridge Hall of Neighborhood Congregational Church, and it's free. Then on April 21, Transition and SEEDS are producing Laguna's inaugural Earth Day celebration in conjunction with Nancy Caruso's Kelp Fest.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 3, 2013
The Environmental Sustainability Committee has had a busy year since its creation after the Environmental Committee abruptly imploded in 2011. Chairman Martin Taylor reported that committee activities included the development of a draft environmental sustainability document that is under consideration by the City Council for inclusion in the city's general plan. The document is subject to hearings and a recommendation by the Planning Commission. "This is a large undertaking and will take a substantial amount of time," Taylor told the City Council at the March 19 meeting.
NEWS
March 4, 2005
Barbara Diamond The Planning Commission wants the community to participate in revisions to the land use element of the general plan -- which will determine the course of the city's development for the next 10 to 20 years. A workshop will be held March 23 to set goals for the element, based on concerns voiced by the public at the first land use workshop, held Feb. 16. "We are undertaking important work for the city," commission Chair Anne Johnson said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 2, 2012
Getting around Laguna Beach can be a headache for some, particularly at this time of the year. City officials want to figure out how people can more efficiently get from one place in town to another and they want the help of residents and business owners. The public is invited to attend a Planning Commission subcommittee meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Third Street Community Center to discuss the operation, cost and funding of the city transit system, an important component of the city's new Mobility Element of the General Plan.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
The following is from the Feb. 1 Aliso Viejo City Council meeting. * Policy for freebies The council approved a recommendation to enact a policy for free tickets and passes given to city officials, City Manager Mark Pulone said Thursday. Tickets and passes are defined as complimentary admission to events, shows or performances, according to the staff report. The Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) requires a policy "that identifies the legitimate public purpose for which the ticket or pass was distributed," according to a staff report, so as not to be considered a gift.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 3, 2013
The Environmental Sustainability Committee has had a busy year since its creation after the Environmental Committee abruptly imploded in 2011. Chairman Martin Taylor reported that committee activities included the development of a draft environmental sustainability document that is under consideration by the City Council for inclusion in the city's general plan. The document is subject to hearings and a recommendation by the Planning Commission. "This is a large undertaking and will take a substantial amount of time," Taylor told the City Council at the March 19 meeting.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2012
A proposal to convert a portion of Glenneyre Street into a complete street — one considered to be safe, accessible and comfortable for walkers, the disabled, cyclists and motorists — wasn't complete enough to win Planning Commission approval. The commission voted 4 to 1 at its Dec. 12 meeting to approve crosswalk striping on Glenneyre between Thalia and Calliope streets, but rejected other options sent to them by the City Council for comment. The options were culled from a study prepared by the transportation consulting firm of Fehr & Peers to identify opportunities to make all of Glenneyre more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 2, 2012
Getting around Laguna Beach can be a headache for some, particularly at this time of the year. City officials want to figure out how people can more efficiently get from one place in town to another and they want the help of residents and business owners. The public is invited to attend a Planning Commission subcommittee meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Third Street Community Center to discuss the operation, cost and funding of the city transit system, an important component of the city's new Mobility Element of the General Plan.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Transition Laguna is doing amazing things. The edible garden installs have been a catalyst in community building. On April 12, Transition is producing a solar power roundtable with three companies on the leading edge of new technologies that can save homeowners money and reduce our reliance on the grid. It's at 7 p.m. at Bridge Hall of Neighborhood Congregational Church, and it's free. Then on April 21, Transition and SEEDS are producing Laguna's inaugural Earth Day celebration in conjunction with Nancy Caruso's Kelp Fest.
NEWS
February 2, 2012
The following is from the Feb. 1 Aliso Viejo City Council meeting. * Policy for freebies The council approved a recommendation to enact a policy for free tickets and passes given to city officials, City Manager Mark Pulone said Thursday. Tickets and passes are defined as complimentary admission to events, shows or performances, according to the staff report. The Fair Political Practice Commission (FPPC) requires a policy "that identifies the legitimate public purpose for which the ticket or pass was distributed," according to a staff report, so as not to be considered a gift.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 12, 2012
In 2012, the City Council has planned to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7% below 1990 levels, as outlined in the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, which Laguna adopted in 2007. The city has taken steps recommended in the city's Climate Protection Action Plan to achieve the goal, but staff is hard-pressed to calculate the reduction in emissions, according to environmental analyst Michael Phillips, who updated the council Tuesday night on the implementation of recommendations in the city's plan.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
The City Council will get a different perspective this week on what it approved in June for the new Lifeguard Headquarters, public restrooms and sewer lift station on Main Beach. Stakes will outline the footprint of a conceptual plan that is 50% larger than structures the city's general plan allows on the beach. The proposal required a revision to the city's Local Coastal Program, which was granted this month by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners accepted the city's premise that the project was worthy of special consideration because it provides the significant public benefit of beach and bluff restoration.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Most folks haven?t a clue about the city?s Land Use Element in the General Plan and couldn?t care less that it was recently updated. They should. The land use element dictates the policies for all development in the city: what and where you can build or operate. It is one of the major tools used to determine how the city will look, feel and function in the years to come. To be effective, it must reflect the needs and desires of the community, and the updated element approved July 7 by the City Council meets that goal, city officials said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 14, 2009
City officials will take their case to the Coastal Commission to try once again to get approval of an amendment to the Local Coastal Plan first submitted in 1995. A proposed amendment to the Open Space/Conservation Element of the General Plan is intended to provide biological resource information for South Laguna and Laguna Canyon areas that has been annexed to the city before the amendment was proposed. Commission staff dithering and modifications that city officials found unacceptable have delayed the approval of Laguna’s proposal, an approval staff contends is not necessary.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 26, 2007
Supporters and opponents of a preliminary plan for the development of the Aliso Creek Golf Course property had their say Tuesday night. The City Council held an unprecedented special meeting to allow community members a chance to voice their opinion of a proposed Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan for property owned by Athens Group in South Laguna, still at the starting gate of the approval process. “It was extraordinary,” Community Development Director John Montgomery said.
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