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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 44  |  June 2, 2020

Council’s agenda includes implementation of the Economic Recovery & Business Development Plan


The City Council on Tuesday will review proposals for the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan outlined at the May 12 meeting, with recommendations from Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow. 

Staff recommendations are divided into two sections: 

Section B 

--Delegate authority to the Community Development Director to approve Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) for outdoor dining through September 7, 2020.

--Authorize outdoor display of merchandise on the adjacent storefront sidewalk through the approval of a Temporary Use Permit and delegate authority to the Community Development Director to approve TUPs for display of outdoor merchandise through September 7, 2020.

--Delegate authority to the Community Development Director to approve minor deviations to the temporary sign and banner design standards and that the permits be valid through September 7, 2020.

--Waive all TUP Permit fees until September 7, 2020. 

Section C 

--Postpone the conversion of Ocean Avenue to a one-way street until this fall.

--Approve Temporary Use Permit 20-6262 and Coastal Development Permit 20-6263, for the temporary closure of the lower portion of Forest Avenue for the development and use as a temporary outdoor pedestrian promenade area, subject to the conditions in the resolution attached to the Agenda Bill, which can be viewed here.

--Award and authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement for amount not to exceed $145,703 with Choura Events for the proposed promenade on Forest Ave.

Council's agenda Forest

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Forest Avenue proposal under consideration

--The 10-page agenda item includes the Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan matrix and budget, a concept design for the Forest Avenue promenade, and a resolution approving the temporary closure of lower Forest Avenue that requires adoption.

Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis submitted the agenda item in coordination with Community Development Director Marc Wiener and Senior Administrative Analyst Jeremy Frimond. The submittal was approved by Manager John Pietig.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and can be viewed on Cox Cable Channel 852, at, or on Zoom. 

To participate in the Zoom meeting by phone, dial (669) 900-9128. The zoom ID is 94371581970#. Wait for instructions. Press 9 on the dial to comment. 

On an item that is under discussion, staff will unmute the caller’s phone. The comment period may be limited.

Emails may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during the meeting. The City Clerk will attempt to briefly identify the writer and the content of the email for the council. Unless an email is brief and to the point, it will not likely be read into the record and a summary may be provided. 

To aid the City Council in the timely consideration and completion of its business, participants are asked to limit written comments to 200 words or less. 

Comments may be submitted on any agenda item or on any item not on the agenda in writing via mail to the City Clerk at: 505 Forest Ave, Laguna Beach, CA. 92651, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by using this interactive form: 

Send comments to the City Clerk no later than 3 p.m. on the day before the City Council meeting in order for your comments to be submitted to the members of the City Council with sufficient time to review the comments. Written comments may submitted until noon on the day of the meeting, but council members may not have enough time to review them prior to the meeting.


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