The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of Feb. 6.
Pulled for discussion
BEAUTY MARKS 5-0
The council directed the city manager to include funding in next year’s capital improvement budget for research, design and costs of permits for beautification of the ocean-ends of Brooks, Cress and Mountain Streets. Staff was directed to work with the Beautification Council on the projects as time allows and with other organizations such as Southern California Edison and the Laguna College of Art & Design to develop plans for future improvement projects.
PTC RECOMMENDATIONS 5-0
Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee recommendations to remove 25 mph signs and pavement markings on West Street, Eaglerock Way and Catalina, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th avenues in South Laguna were approved unanimously. Also approved: a committee recommendation to direct staff to include funding for the preparation of a design and cost estimate for a vehicle refuge on El Toro Road for left-turning vehicles from Canyon Hills Drive in next year’s 10-Year Capital Improvement proposals.
AFFORDABLE RENTAL STOCK 5-0
The council unanimously voted to send a proposal to relax restrictions on second units to a subcommittee comprised of two members each from the Housing and Human Affairs Committee and the Planning Commission. The committee had recommended the revisions as a way to increase affordable rental housing, with which the council concurred, but not for use as vacation homes.
MARINE PROTECTED AREAS 5-0
An amendment was introduced to bolster the city’s ability to protect its natural marine resources and passed on to second reading for approval.
The purpose of the proposed amendment would acknowledge the marine areas established by the city and designate an area manager to clarify, regulate, manage and enforce the status; streamline enforcement so minor offenses are cited as city code violations, not misdemeanors "” often dismissed by judges as overkill; regulate and reduce impacts of collecting or research in the areas by educational or scientific groups.
OPEN SPACE ACQUISITION 5-0
The council approved the purchase of the Stonefield and Chao parcels along Laguna Canyon Road with funding from the State Parks Bond measure routed through the California Coastal Conservancy. The city will hold title to both parcels, which will be leased to the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.
BYE-BYE ETRPA 5-0
A resolution withdrawing from and terminating the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority was approved. Each member of the group "” which successfully blocked a proposed commercial airport at the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Base "” was required to adopt the resolution.
“It is now time to do something very rare "” terminate a government agency,” said Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman, Laguna’s representative to ETRPA for six years.