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Parking Structure Study: Iseman asks for study to be expanded

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Councilwoman Toni Iseman wants the City Council to consider adding three more sites to the parking structure study to be conducted by Walker Consultants. 

The council on Tuesday will consider Iseman’s request to expand the consultant’s Cost/Benefit/Analysis and add a Feasibility Study for a Downtown Parking Structure located within the City-owned parking lots adjacent to City Hall. If her proposal is approved, the estimated cost of the expansion will be added to the previously approved $35,000 cost of the study, with each additional site to cost $12,000. 

Approval of the original parking study was part of the Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan to address the parking demand for downtown businesses. Controversial changes in parking requirements have been proposed with some residents objecting proposed reductions, with others in support. The California Coastal Commission has the power to require the city to replace lost spaces if it feels the reduction of spaces would affect public access to city beaches.

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Council will consider Parking Structure study expansion

Spaces have been lost on Forest Avenue, at least temporarily, during the trial of the pedestrian-only Promenade.

Iseman is recommending the consultants’ Feasibility Study include parking lots privately owned by the Laguna Presbyterian Church, Wells Fargo Bank, and the parking lot behind the Laguna Playhouse. 

The through church lot is located between Third Street and the alley behind it. The Wells Fargo lot is on either side of the bank and behind it, accessible from Broadway or Ocean Avenue. The Playhouse parking lot was previously considered for a site when the Village Entrance plan for a parking structure fell apart. 

The council meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and may be viewed live on Cox cable channel 852, online on the city’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/agendas, or on Zoom.

Public participation 

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

Zoom participation 

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Callers may also access the meeting at the following link: https://lagunabeachcity.zoom.us/j/93651175337

If unable to access this Webinar system, callers may submit comments via email during the meeting to the city clerk, who will attempt to identify the writer and the content of the email during the meeting. 

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Council requests that all written comments be limited to 200-or-less words.