South Laguna Fuel Modification Project

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Laguna Beach
Document Title
South Laguna Fuel Modification Project
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
The City of Laguna Beach Fire Department proposes to conduct vegetation removal in FMZ 20 and FMZ 21 (project site) to reduce fire hazards in South Laguna. Fuel modification would provide a defensible space adjacent to homes and commercial development to enhance residents’ ability to evacuate and survive a severe fire event. All fuel modification activities would be conducted in accordance with the approved Treatment Protocols for Fuel Modification Zones Subject to Coastal Development Permitting (Treatment Protocol) prepared by the Laguna Beach Fire Department. Hand crews would reduce or clear vegetation load in 100-foot wide sections within these FMZs to reduce the risk of wildfire threat to residential and public structures. The majority of perennial root systems would remain, and native vegetation waste would be mulched and left on-site to minimize erosion. Non-native vegetation waste would be transported to a green waste recycling facility or landfill if not recyclable. Exclusion areas within both FMZs would be established to avoid disturbance of known cultural resources and sensitive biological resources, specifically big-leaved crownbeard and Coulter's Matilija poppy.

Contact Information

Scott Drapkin
Agency Name
City of Laguna beach Staff
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Laguna Beach
Southern California
Other Information
The proposed project consists of fuel modification zone (FMZ) 20 (South Laguna) and FMZ 21 (Sunset). FMZ 20 encompasses the canyons and hillsides bounded roughly on the west by Ceanothus Drive, Alta Loma Drive, Holly Drive, and Ocean View Street; on the south by West Street, Valido Road, and Paseo del Sur; and wrapping around East Georges Way, Mar Vista Avenue, and Eagle Rock Way. FMZ 21 is located on the hillsides to the east of the neighborhoods between Eagle Rock Way to the north and Vista Del Sol to the south. 3rd Avenue, Mar Vista Avenue, Sunset Avenue, and Hillhaven Ranch Way generally follow the orientation of FMZ 21. The north end of FMZ 21 ties into FMZ 20 and the west end ties into the existing FMZ 8.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Other (Fuel Modificatin Project)
Local Actions
Site Plan, Use Permit, Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Biological Resources


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