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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City Council Approves Voluntary Historic Preservation Ordinance

Congratulations!!!! Your participation, steadfast efforts, and team spirit collectively has made adifference. If you are not aware the City Council approved the CEQANegative Declaration and the Historic Preservation Ordinance, with minormodifications, moving it to a “second reading”. The Council will likelyadopt the proposed ordinance at the next Council meeting. We salute youand thank you for hanging…

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July 14th, 2020 City Council Meeting for Final Approval of Historic Ordinance

The long awaited Historic Preservation Ordinance will be heard by the City Council on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 5PM. PLEASE mark this date on your calendars now and plan to participate in the hearing. You may participate by Zoom or by telephone. This was the reason we formed Let Laguna Live! Please help us push this important…

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Special City Council Meeting September 29th 2018

At a special meeting on September 29, 2018, The Laguna Beach City Council supported the freedom of choice by empowering the Historic Preservation Task Force to write a voluntary historic preservation ordinance. For a long time you showed up, spoke up, wrote letters, made calls, talked to friends and neighbors, and generously donated to and…

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Legal Reasons Why a Mandatory Plan is Not Required

VIA ELECTRONIC AND FIRST CLASS MAIL Kelly Boyd, Mayor Rob Zur Schmiede, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, Councilmember Toni Iseman, Councilmember Bob Whalen, Councilmember Re: Historic Preservation Ordinance Dear Mayor Boyd and Council Members: Recent discussions of the revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance have generated much discussion of General Plan and CEQA mandates. Some…

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Response to CEQA Article

The following letter is in response to an article published by Stu News on July 31, 2018. Dear Barbara, Thank you for covering the historic preservation issue. I wanted to make a couple of clarifications in the article. “Historic resource” is a defined term in CEQA. In a nutshell, lead agencies (like the City) are required…

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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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