About the Project
On July 15, 2014, the City Council accepted the Downtown Specific Plan Update/Urban Planner Subcommittee recommendation to select MIG (agenda item 24). The City hired MIG, an urban planning firm, to assist with the preparation of a comprehensive update to the Downtown Specific Plan and review of Laguna Canyon Road land use issues. (Laguna Canyon Planning Study)
On February 24, 2015, the City Council directed staff to work with MIG on pilot demonstration projects, and to seek input from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, Visit Laguna, Transition Laguna and the Laguna Beach Beautification Council and other interested members of the public, and return to the City Council with options. MIG is anticipated to return to the City Council on May 5, 2015, to present recommendations/options regarding pilot demonstration events.
The downtown is the focus of the City's social, cultural, civic, artistic and recreational activities. The primary objective of the Downtown Specific Plan is to preserve and enhance the unique character of the downtown.
The Downtown Specific Plan was adopted by the City Council in 1989, after several years of work by a Citizen's Advisory Committee to identify significant planning issues and develop a policy base for the plan. Since 1989, the Downtown Specific Plan has been amended nine times, including one comprehensive amendment in 2000, which included the expansion of the Plan boundary to the Boys & Girls Club on Laguna Canyon Road, and the creation of the Civic Art District.
Some of the Plan areas to be evaluated for potential modification include, but are not limited to, expansion of the Civic Art District to the Act V and the Laguna College of Art and Design sites, the types and locations of the various downtown districts and their intent and purpose, allowed uses in each district, the general provisions/development standards, issue statements and policies, design guidelines and implementation measures.
MIG and the City staff are actively seeking input regarding the update of the Downtown Specific Plan from community members, property owners and business owners in the downtown. Check the schedule below for upcoming workshops and opportunities to participate and provide valuable input.
Community Outreach Schedule
Upcoming Community Workshop
Coming in Spring 2015...
Pop-up Downtown Workshop
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Winter Fantasy at Sawdust Art Festival - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Hospitality Night - Friday, December 5, 2014
Laguna Beach High School Football Game - Friday, November 6, 2014
First Thursday's Art Walk - Thursday, November 6, 2014
For more information about the project or to sign-up to receive updates, please contact:
Wendy Jung, Senior Planner
Downtown Specific Plan Update Reference Documents