Letter: Why Does Developer Get ‘Fast Track’ Status?

Share this:

Can someone please explain to me why Mo Honarkar’s multitude of high-intensity, character-changing hotel, retail, and restaurant projects are eligible for “fast track” status, while other Laguna Beach property owners must wait in the queue for their plans to be reviewed and ultimately approved? After almost a year in the planning pipeline, on May 9 my wife and I received approval from Design Review to undertake a 157 square foot addition to our home. Our project involves no variances, no height issues, and no neighbor concerns. We are now informed that it will likely be late November before city staff will issue a building permit due to the time required to review final drawings and structural engineer calculations.

What is the rationale for allowing Mr. Honarkar to advance to the front of the line? I urged the City Council on Tuesday to reject any special treatment, two-tiered process for separately evaluating and approving big money projects. As proposed, our residential remodel will affect no one but ourselves; Mr. Honarkar’s oversize projects will forever change the character of our town.


Randy Lewis, Laguna Beach

Share this:
Firebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
  • Hate speech that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic slurs, or calls for violence against a particular type of person.
  • Obscenity and excessive cursing.
  • Libelous language, whether or not the writer knows what they're saying is false.
We require users to provide their true full name, including first and last names, as a condition for comments. We reserve the right to change this policy based on future developments.

Scroll down to comment on this post.


  1. So you finally got approval on May 9th . So now you have to wait 6 months for something that can be done in a few hours! The bureaucracy in this town is out of control. 157 s.f. is 12ft.x 13ft. ! in the early 30’s the Hotel Laguna was built in 6 months . Residents are afraid to question the bureaucrats. Just obey like sheep. Speak up ,these people work us! Homeowners wants should be the priority ! The fees for everything building related just keep going up! Wake up!
    Respect the Past, Embrace the Future!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here