Editor, Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted Coastal Commission appeal. I served as chairman of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission on May 14, the night The Ranch project was heard. I can attest that only two points questioning The Ranch proposal were raised in the […]
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Editor, “Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel.” A few points come to mind of my recent tour of the Ranch property with Mark Christy. What an amazing property that is there for us all to enjoy. What was once overgrown dilapidated and tangled now shows a renewed vibrancy. Mark is particularly prideful of all of this property’s […]
Editor: Only the cold hearted could read Mark Christy’s plan for his special property without feeling extra sympathy for him. (“Laying Out Ranch Plans,” July 17, 2014). What is most striking, beyond his unquestionable sincerity and optimism, is the tangled web of boards and commissions that have a say in the way he sees fit […]
(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several years ago went through re-visiting regarding a few chairs and […]
Editor, I was rendered speechless by Commissioner Linda Dietrich’s derogatory, prejudicial, scathing, and entirely inappropriate comments during (a July 9) Planning Commission discussion of a conditional use and development permits for a two-unit artist live work project at 2000 Laguna Canyon Road. Commissioner Dietrich: “As far as neighborhood compatible I, I disagree with, with, um […]
Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City Council were properly progressing The Ranch application; a resulting […]
Under rules proposed by the California Coastal Commission staff, reroofing an ocean front home and replacing framing ridden with dry rot could be considered a major remodel and trigger a 25-foot setback rule, which would require Mark Spencer to lop off a quarter of his Laguna Beach house. Scenarios such as this prompted Laguna’s city […]
Editor, This letter was addressed to City Council members. The principal driver in the current village entrance proposal Plan ‘D’ is the “replacement parking” stipulation dictated by the California Coastal Commission. It reads much like a rigid principle of physics such that public parking shall be conserved when planning a municipal design project. It is […]
Editor, Thanks to recent articles and commentaries in our local papers we all now know the California Coastal Commission does not require one for one replacement of lost parking spaces. The Coastal Commission instead provides several options to the city that promote alternative modes of transportation such as using mass transit, pedestrian paths and bike […]
Editor, The three council members that voted in favor of the current village entrance project have promised to institute a $1 per hour parking meter rate increase to help cover the cost of this multi-million dollar nightmare. Any increases to parking fees requires approval by the California Coastal Commission. Since these same three city council […]
The Green Light column, “Partnering for Preservation,” in the April 5 edition incorrectly reported the source of $5 million for restoration of Crystal Cove cottages. Rather than a personal donation from Peter Douglas, the pledged “mitigation” funds resulted from a ruling by the California Coastal Commission.
The Planning Commission will host a Land Use Element workshop on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The meeting’s purpose is informing residents, property owners, businesses, architects, designers, realtors and interested parties of changes required by the state California Coastal Commission to the city’s recently approved […]