Private Bluff Fence in Laguna Beach

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Month April
Year 2023
Summary The Commission denied a City of Laguna Beach permit on appeal for a perimeter fence on a residential coastal bluff lot off of Coast Highway. The chainlink fence was constructed around the property and down along the bluff face, ten feet from the public beach. The City’s CDP inappropriately identified the bluff edge and required setback for permitting the fence which would set a negative precedent for future bluff development. The applicant asserts that the fence is necessary for safety reasons, however, development on a bluff face is prohibited by the local coastal program because of adverse impacts to public recreation, views and natural resources. The Coastal Commission denied the application in a 9-2 vote with 1 abstention..
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Outcome Description Commissioners agreed that the fence was inconsistent with the Coastal Act and that the City’s permit did not adequately consider alternatives such as native landscaping.
Why You Should Care Coastal bluffs are protected from development under the Coastal Act. Safety and crime should be dealt with by law enforcement, not by undermining the Act.
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Decision Type Appeal
Staff Recommendation Denial
Staff Report
Lobbyist/Agent Paul Beard II, FisherBroyles LLP Larry Nokes, Nokes & Quinn, Lawyers Todd Skenderian, Architect
Opposition to Project Mark and Sharon Fudge, Surfrider Foundation
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3

Voting Detail for Private Bluff Fence in Laguna Beach

Individual vote detail for Issue: Private Bluff Fence in Laguna Beach
Dayna BochcoGood Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersGood Vote
Donne BrownseyBad Vote
Caryl HartGood Vote by Alternate
Roberto UrangaGood Vote
Katie RiceBad Vote
Paloma AguirreGood Vote
Linda EscalanteGood Vote
Meagan HarmonAbstained from Vote
Justin CummingsGood Vote
Mike WilsonGood Vote
Ann NotthoffGood Vote

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