It's Your Home

The proposed “Historic Preservation Ordinance” will impact an estimated 4,000 Laguna Beach residential and commercial properties. Remodels may be limited, owners must disclose to buyers the home may be a historic “resource” and may have to hire a historian to prove that their property is not “historic” to do simple remodels or make other changes to the property.

Is your property on the list?

Use this form to check if a property or home is already on the Historic Inventory List making it subject to the restrictions and conditions of the proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance. We will also keep you informed via email as updates become available.

The Mandatory Ordinance Problem

Any home or building in Laguna Beach 70 years old or older will be subject to historic evaluation. Owners may have to hire a historian to prove to the city that their property is not “historic” to do simple remodels or make other changes to the property.

The Voluntary Inclusion Solution

Let Laguna Live! wants a voluntary, incentive-based Historic Preservation Program. Implementation of financial and planning incentives to promote long-term appreciation and preservation of historic resources is the right way to preserve historic properties in our community.

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Old Letter Reflects Original Intent of Historical Preservation Rules

In a letter I found in my files dated April 24, 1992, on city stationary sent to me, I was informed my home had been listed on the city’s Historic Resources Inventory. In the second paragraph of the letter there is the statement “that participation in the city’s Historic Preservation Program is completely voluntary.” Former…

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Hardships for Homeowners Under Proposed Preservation Rules

A new involuntary historic preservation ordinance would create for us a financial disaster. After a lifetime of voluntarily preserving a 1927 cottage, an involuntary ordinance would create a markdown of at least at $1 million. This is in terms of property value for resale and does not include the additional and impossible burden of trying…

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Response to City FAQ by Larry Nokes

  RESPONSE TO CITY “FAQ” By Laurence P. Nokes, Esq. And Let Laguna Live! A.    Introduction We have received and reviewed the City’s “FAQ” letter sent to people who own homes listed on City’s Historic Inventory. While we believe the document was “well intentioned,” it is based on 2 false premises: 1) That houses on…

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Our Request to the City

We have asked that the City make the following disclosures to the public tomorrow night, in light of the FAQ positions they have taken: 1. The current inventory creates no presumption of historicity and is not valid for any CEQA purpose. 2. That the intention of the city is to merge the old inventory into…

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A Solution to Simplify Historic Preservation Rules

If you own a property in Laguna Beach built before 1955, you must be concerned about the impact of the new proposed historic preservation ordinance on your property rights. Simple remodels to homes of that age are now potentially “historic” by city standards. You may have to hire an historian to prove to the city…

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