The following is from the June 19 meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council.
Resident Ganka Brown said the non-native pampas grass will not propagate if eradicated before the plumes open. She also noted that non-native eucalyptus trees are prevalent throughout town, as is overgrowth that sometimes blocks safety signs.
Editor’s note: Consent calendar items are approved in one motion unless a member of the council, staff or public “pull” the item, which then requires opening it for public comment and a separate vote.Approved without comment:
Pulled for discussion:
Iseman asked the council to delay the whole deal for a year because she thinks the city will change to credit card-capable or multi-space-meters, if they prove effective, but settled for half a loaf.
Frank offered the compromise in order to replace the oldest meters this fiscal year.
The city was asked to submit a detailed application for the $1 million grant, which included filing an application with the State Water Resources Control Board, acknowledgment that the city will fund the operation and maintenance of improvements 20 years after completion of the project and authorization of the city manager to act for the city. Approved 5-0.
CENTERS’ DESIGN MODIFICATIONS 4-0, Kinsman recused
The council approved modifications to the design of the community/senior center that included natural lighting in the kitchen, bamboo cabinetry throughout the building, concrete siding to replace proposed cedar siding and the installation of conduit for future solar heating.
Architect Charlie Williams estimated that sustainable design strategies points were at about 28, two points above the requirement for certification.
Kinsman recused herself because she owns property within the noticing area of the project.
RV PARKING 5-0
The council unanimously approved the first reading of amendments to the zoning ordinance and the local coastal program that would close a loophole that allows recreational vehicles to park in the front yards of properties zoned for two- or three-family homes.
Under the proposed amendments, owners of RVs 20 feet or longer and more than 6 feet high may be parked in a rear yard provided the owner obtains an administrative use permit and complies with conditions.
WAY TO GO 5-0
After hearing impassioned testimony on both sides of the issue, the council reaffirmed its decision to accept from the county the pedestrian easement between Pedro and Monterey Streets in South Laguna.
“I believe it is a community asset,” said former Mayor Ann Christoph.
Once given away, it would be gone forever, she warned.
Gordon Mayo said he lives one house from the trail and had never seen anyone use it.
“The intent was beach access,” said real estate broker Russell Singer, who opposed the city acquisition. “West Street is a much safer way to get to the beach and just as quick.”
David Montaigne testified that the path "” although reduced from its original 60-foot width to 15 feet, according to Christoph "” benefits the neighborhood.
GREEN CURB APPROVED 5-0
The council approved the installation of a 66-foot, green-curbed zone on the south side of Brooks Street by the Old Pottery Place for metered, 30-minute parking between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., but unrestricted other times.
The installation required the modification of a condition of approval in the conditional use permit for the redeveloped site, which required three parking spaces on Brooks Street for passenger loading and unloading, typically a white curb for un-metered, 2 to 3-minute parking.
Three other changes to the conditions were requested by the applicant and approved: a change in the location of the plates on the building faÃ§ade; and retention or replication of “Pottery Shack” tile signage and removal of the gazebo.
The Heritage Committee recommended places for the plates and agreed that the signs were no longer relevant. The committee and the Design Review Board also agreed that the gazebo was not historic and need not be retained, a condition of approval.