Downtown Action Plan

About the Project

At its April 16, 2019 meeting, the City Council awarded SWA Group, a landscape architecture and urban design firm, with a contract to prepare the Downtown Action Plan (“Action Plan”). The sub-consultant team of Fuscoe Engineering and Dudek provide expertise in the areas of civil engineering and arboriculture. The Action Plan is an action item of the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element. 

The scope of work for the Action Plan includes the identification of existing conditions, an evaluation of opportunities and constraints, the creation of a plan to address downtown trees, and the drafting of a plan to make improvements to the downtown infrastructure. Specifically, the Action Plan will provide details and recommendations regarding the following: (1) hardscape design, (2) street furnishings, (3) street lighting, (4) a visual inspection and documentation of existing trees and tree wells for purposes of planning future sidewalk and street improvements, (5) locations for new public art installations and pedestrian gathering spaces, (6) landscape design, and (7) phasing and implementation. 

The concept plans were introduced at the December 3, 2019 City Council meeting, and direction received at the meeting will be incorporated into a complete first draft of the Action Plan to be presented to the Planning Commission on March 4, 2020.


City Council and Planning Commission Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
(Request to table and re-notice for a later date)
Staff Report
Written Comments

Planning Commission Meeting
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
(Review of the completed Downtown Action Plan)
Staff Report
Downtown Action Plan (Reduced -- 85 MB)
Downtown Action Plan (Full Size)
Written Comments

City Council Meeting
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
(Introduction to the Downtown Action Plan Concept Plans)
Agenda Bill
Written Comments 

Community Outreach

Presentation to the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce
(Introduction to the Downtown Action Plan Concept Plans)
Friday, January 24, 2020, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue
Refer to the Tuesday, December 3, 2019 presentation for background information
Chamber of Commerce Updated Presentation 01-24-20

Downtown Action Plan Public Meeting
(Question and Answer Session)
Monday, January 13, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Community & Susi Q Senior Center, 380 3rd Street
Q&A Presentation
Written Comments

Additional Documentation and Background Information

Draft Downtown Action Plan

Lower Forest and Lower Broadway Concept Plans and Renderings

Before and After side-by-side Renderings

Downtown Tree Inventory

  • Viewing Instructions: (1) Download Google Earth Pro (free program available here); (2) download the tree inventory file here (LDAP Tree Replacement Final.kmz); (3) launch Google Earth Pro; and (4) drag and drop the .kmz tree inventory file downloaded in Step 2 onto the globe. The map can be zoomed in and panned to examine individual trees, identified by green and red dots. Trees denoted with a red dot are proposed to be replaced during project implementation due to poor structural and/or canopy health. Click on a tree to learn about its species, condition, and more. 

Landscape and Scenic Highways Element
Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document


For more information about the project, please contact:

Anthony Viera, Associate Planner 
(949) 497-0398