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Landscape & Scenic Highways Element

The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element consolidates existing policies and efforts into a unifying framework with a new, contemporary vision that brings the discussion of landscaping into the 21st century. Future policies will focus on our most relevant citywide landscape-related issues including sustainability, fire safety, soil stability, neighborhood character, view equity, heritage trees, scenic highways, streetscapes and more. On April 10, 2018, the City Council reviewed the public review draft of the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element and an updated Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document and provided comments and recommended changes. The City Council recommendations have now been incorporated into an updated review draft and is available for public review (links below).

If you have questions or would like to submit comments regarding the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element and Resource Document, please email Jim Pechous, Assistant Director of Community Development or call him at (949) 497-0320.

Landscape and Scenic Highways Element
Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document
Negative Declaration and Initial Study 6-15-17

History

The Element combines the 1975 Scenic Highways Element with the 1995 Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document. The City adopted a Scenic Highways Element in 1975 as an initial step toward official designation of Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway as scenic highways. Prior to 1984, the Scenic Highways Element was a mandated general plan element but that requirement was subsequently repealed. In 1995, the Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document (LSHRD) was adopted with landscape design implementation programs and maintenance guidelines for use by private property owners, decision makers and the general public. The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element (LSHE) consolidates existing policies and efforts into a unifying framework with a new, contemporary vision that brings the discussion of landscaping into the 21st century. Future policies will focus on our most relevant city-wide landscape-related issues including sustainability, fire safety, soil stability, neighborhood character, view equity, heritage trees, scenic highways, streetscapes and more.

Become Involved

The City of Laguna Beach City Council will review the updated review draft of the LSHE and LSHRD at the November 13, 2018, City Council's regularly scheduled meeting  at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). This effort needs your participation to refine and identify the City's landscape goals, policies and programs to address Laguna Beach's approach to preserve and enhance the local scenery. Please share your perspective and contribute your ideas.  Shape decisions, impact policy and spread awareness for landscape and scenic highways issues.