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By: Dan Beighley | September 30, 2005
St. Mary's Episcopal Church is seeking approval of a variance for a new structure on the 400 block of Mermaid Avenue that would be eight feet higher than is permitted in the area. The church has proposed to demolish a 1930s-era Italian Renaissance-style building and replace it with a new Craftsman-style three-story structure. The building would be used for classrooms, offices and a social hall that would host activities such as weddings and funerals.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
The vote still isn’t in, but the Planning Commission is closer to approving an amendment to the zoning code that would eliminate the variance requirement for legal non-conforming elements on residential structures. After rigorous — sometimes heated — debate Wednesday, the Planning Commission settled on wording for an amendment, most of which was proposed by Laguna Beach architect Kirk Saunders, based on a previous version written by Development Director John Montgomery.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 2, 2010
Testimony by a team of highly regarded professionals assembled by designer-builder Gregg Abel convinced a council majority March 23 to approve a retaining wall in a blufftop setback and the variance needed to make it legal. The council’s 3-2 vote overturned the Design Review Board’s unanimous decision that the proposed retaining wall was not needed to prevent soil erosion on a Three Arch Bay oceanfront parcel or to protect the safety of people using the beach access next to it. The variance required legal justifications for construction of the wall in the setback and to raise the grade of the side yard adjacent to the wall.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 12, 2007
The city Planning Commission unanimously rejected Jack’s Surf & Sport’s application to open a store in downtown Laguna Beach. This was the second denial of Jack’s proposal to take over the empty building on Ocean Avenue most recently occupied by Big Dog. “The main things were that the store could not provide the necessary parking, which required a variance, and it is a formula-based store, which is discouraged in...
NEWS
August 2, 2002
Barbara Diamond The City Council will pick up a piece of Driftwood at the Aug. 13 meeting. Councilwoman Toni Iseman has appealed the Planning Commission determination that a variance is required for indirect access to the proposed Driftwood Estates project. It's not that Iseman doesn't agree with the commission, she said she just believes that the council should take a close look at the interpretation. City staff took the position in May of 2000 that a variance would be required and has not wavered from that position.
NEWS
August 16, 2002
WHAT HAPPENED: The council denied an appeal by the Driftwood Estates developers seeking a waiver for an indirect access variance. WHAT IT MEANS: The council upheld the the Planning Commission's ruling. WHAT HAPPENED: The council authorized negotiation for the purchase of property for a public parking facility. WHAT IT MEANS: The city seeks to develop the property for a public parking facility. WHAT HAPPENED: The council approved an investigation of a possible parking partnership at Neighborhood Congregational Church.
NEWS
November 27, 2008
The following is from the Nov. 18 Laguna Beach City Council meeting. The council approved:  A $19,500 contract to Golden State Constructors Inc. to build a sidewalk at 111 Brooks St.  A parking restriction in front of 1832 Ocean Way, as recommended by the Parking, Traffic and Transportation Committee.  A $24,930 bid from Philips Medical Systems for 15 automated external defibrillators.  Formation of Three Arch Bay Assessment District 2008-1 for the construction of drainage improvements.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 19, 2007
The council rejected plans for another project at the corner of North Coast Highway and Cliff Drive Tuesday. Deemed by the council as too large, with no green space and too narrow sidewalks on the highway side, the mixed-use, residential and retail project was sent back for revisions to the Planning Commission, which had approved it as presented in September. The commission-approved project included a variance from the Mansionization Ordinance restricting the number of stories, which did not sit well with council members and residents opposed to the project.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2010
An out-of-town property owner was given by the City Council until April 6 to find tenants who are neighborly or he might find his property walled in. The council unanimously voted to hold off a decision on appeals of the Design Review Board 3-2 approval of a wall about twice the height of city standards, requiring a variance. The wall was approved for the property of a woman who claimed she needed it for protection from harassment and threats by tenants in a triplex owned by Phillip J. Griebe, one of the appellants.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The city acquired some downtown spaces for public parking and non-profits' event notices in exchange for some added height in a project underway at 580 Broadway at a site formerly owned by the Laguna Playhouse. A provision in the Downtown Specific Plan allows heights to exceed the plan limits in the Civic Arts District of the public benefits, such as parking, is offered. The additional height was requested by the developer of the building at 580 Broadway and approved Tuesday by the City Council.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 9, 2010
. FOR THE RECORD: Hannes Richter?s name was misspelled in the April 2 story, ?Three Arch wall approved.?. Testimony by a team of highly regarded professionals assembled by designer-builder Gregg Abel convinced a council majority March 23 to approve a retaining wall in a blufftop setback and the variance needed to make it legal. The council?s 3-2 vote overturned the Design Review Board?s unanimous decision that the proposed retaining wall was not needed to prevent soil erosion on a Three Arch Bay oceanfront parcel or to protect the safety of people using the beach access next to it. The variance required legal justifications for construction of the wall in the setback and to raise the grade of the side yard adjacent to the wall.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 11, 2010
. FOR THE RECORD: Feb. 5?s article ?Woman wants to wall out neighbor? should have said that Carl Iverson spoke in support of appellant Richard Upchurch.. . An out-of-town property owner was given by the City Council until April 6 to find tenants who are neighborly or he might find his property walled in. The council unanimously voted to hold off a decision on appeals of the Design Review Board 3-2 approval of a wall about twice the height of city standards, requiring a variance.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
The vote still isn’t in, but the Planning Commission is closer to approving an amendment to the zoning code that would eliminate the variance requirement for legal non-conforming elements on residential structures. After rigorous — sometimes heated — debate Wednesday, the Planning Commission settled on wording for an amendment, most of which was proposed by Laguna Beach architect Kirk Saunders, based on a previous version written by Development Director John Montgomery.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2009
One-quarter to two-thirds of the city?s property owners may soon find that existing ?non-conforming? elements on their structures are no longer a barrier to improvements. Legal non-conforming structures are those that do not meet city building standards and presently require a variance. The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider parking requirements for these properties, the last piece in a revision to the municipal code that would do away with the variance requirement pertaining to existing legal non-conforming structures.
NEWS
November 27, 2008
The following is from the Nov. 18 Laguna Beach City Council meeting. The council approved:  A $19,500 contract to Golden State Constructors Inc. to build a sidewalk at 111 Brooks St.  A parking restriction in front of 1832 Ocean Way, as recommended by the Parking, Traffic and Transportation Committee.  A $24,930 bid from Philips Medical Systems for 15 automated external defibrillators.  Formation of Three Arch Bay Assessment District 2008-1 for the construction of drainage improvements.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 16, 2008
A proposed extension of Thurston Drive hit another roadblock at the May 6 City Council meeting. The council voted 4-0 to deny a variance to extend the road beyond the allowed maximum, as recommended by the Planning Commission. The decision rendered moot Leonora and Gale Pike’s request to divide their property into six parcels, three of them residential building sites. The denial leaves the 13.3-acre property zoned for just one dwelling. “I agree with the commission,” said Councilman Kelly Boyd.
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