At the recent City Council meeting, Planning Commissioner Jorg Dubin was reappointed after acknowledging that he was living in a place where it was zoned not permitting housing. A bit odd that a lawmaker need not be in accord with all city laws and regulations. However, City Attorney Phil Kohn assured the City Council that the only legal requirement was to be a resident of Laguna Beach.
Councilmember George Weiss noted that if Dubin would file a conditional use permit with the City Council that it would likely be viewed favorably. I hope this happens and be extended to all citizens in Laguna Beach that have legal non-conforming residences.
The City should create a process where these Lagunans can come out of the shadows and be legalized. To work, they must be assured that they will not be penalized.
The Housing and Human Service Committee has been performing diligent work on the serious problem of needing low-cost housing. I do not support their efforts to facilitate large buildings to be built.
Better ideas to focus on are:
Coast Highway second story, 50% residential housing restriction should be eliminated
Auxiliary Dwelling Units
Junior Auxiliary Dwelling Units
Promoting ways for aging in place
Allowing homeowners to rent a room
Legalize existing legal non-conforming housing units
Let Dubin be the first and the model to legalize an existing legal non-conforming housing unit.
Gene Felder, Laguna Beach
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