commission, is expected to be in place by spring 2007, pending
approval from City Council.
City employee parking will be relocated to what is now a municipal
maintenance yard area, and the maintenance yard will be moved to the
Act V parking lot, about a mile east on Laguna Canyon Road.
The multifaceted project includes the repaving and re-striping of
the maintenance yard, demolition of existing structures and new
landscaping and lighting.
"We all want to see something better out there," Council
Chairwoman Anne Johnson said.
Included in the project approved by the planning commission are
new street signs -- eight permanent and 18 seasonal.
The signs will be green with white lettering, consistent with
existing signs in the area.
Laguna resident Carolyn Wood questioned the design of the new
signs and proposed asking local artists to create signs that would
add character to the area.
"Cheap metal signs don't look 'villagey,'" said Commissioner Norm
"We've always been a city that prides itself on signs," Johnson
Wood also voiced concerns over the proper care of the landscaping,
hoping that it would be maintained nicely.
Three existing structures in the maintenance yard will be
demolished, with the remaining structures to be moved to the Act V
parking lot at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.
A new traffic signal will be placed on Laguna Canyon Road in front
of the Festival of the Arts grounds to ease pedestrian crossing.
Down the street from the new parking lot, the planning commission
also approved a permit for a new Broadway bus depot parking bay.
The parking bay, which is permanent, will be used by Orange County
Transit Authority as well as Laguna Beach Transit buses.
The project is funded through a $144,000 grant from the Orange
County Transit Authority. It is an attempt to reduce traffic on
Broadway during peak hours.
The new bay will accommodate two buses at a time.
The project requires the removal of two eucalyptus trees, which
elicited a complaint from Wood.
"It's so important that we try and save those trees; you can't
grow them anymore," she said.
"I don't see a way around this. We do have enough trees there, but
it's still unfortunate," said Grossman.