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LAGUNA BEACH : Justices Won’t Hear Landowner’s Appeal

The state Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a landowner who was denied approval by the city of Laguna Beach to build two dozen homes on a South Laguna hillside.

The court’s decision effectively ends a seven-year legal battle over the fate of an 11-acre parcel above the Three Arch Bay community, City Atty. Philip Kohn said.

The city had held that the landowner, Orange County Real Property Investments Inc., never obtained municipal approval for an application for the project.

The landowner had argued that its application was made through Orange County officials before South Laguna was annexed by Laguna Beach. And since the county did not take action on the application before the annexation, the landowner had claimed that the application was approved by default, Kohn said.

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If the development is to proceed, the landowner must file a new application with the city and pass the city’s more stringent development regulations.


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