Planning Application PA22-0227 for a Coastal Development Permit, Variance Permit, Use Permit and Lot Line Adjustment


SCH Number
Public Agency
Orange County
Document Title
Planning Application PA22-0227 for a Coastal Development Permit, Variance Permit, Use Permit and Lot Line Adjustment
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project proposes the demolition of the existing on-site structures and merger of existing Parcels 1 and 2 into a single building site to accommodate the construction of a new two-level single-family residence with 5,493 square feet of living area and an attached three-car garage, a detached pool house, and an 'entry gate' structure spread across the single lot (or building site). The proposed project requires a Coastal Development Permit, Variance Permit, Use Permit, and Lot Line Adjustment in conjunction with the demolition of an existing two-level single-family residence and its replacement with a new two-level single-family residence and associated site improvements. The Coastal Development Permit is required for the demolition of the existing structure and construction of the replacement residence, along with the associated site grading and improvements. The Variance Permit is requested to reduce the front and rear setbacks from standards required under the Zoning Code. The front setback for the main structure and entry gateway/gazebo would be a minimum of 5 feet from front property line and the rear setback would be o feet from the edge of the access easement. Both reduced setbacks would match existing nonconforming setback conditions of the residence to be demolished. The project also seeks approval of a Variance Permit to allow a (westerly) side yard setback of 2 feet 5 inches from the edge of the access easement for a portion of the pool house. The Use Permit is required to permit specific proposed over-height structures. A privacy wall is proposed in the front setback area at 5 feet in height (with 6-foot pilasters) where Zoning requirement would limit the wall to 3 feet 6 inches in height. The Lot Line Adjustment is requested to merge two existing legal building sites into one legal building site.

Contact Information

Cindy Salazar
Agency Name
Orange County
Job Title
Planning Division Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Laguna Beach

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301 - Class 1, 15302 - Class 2, Section 15303 - Class 3
Reasons for Exemption
The project includes the demolition of an existing single-family residence and construction of a new single-family residence with attached garage spaces and accessory structures. All components of the project meets criteria outlined in the CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 Class 1(l)(1), Class 2, and Class 3(a) and (e). None of the exceptions listed in Section 15300.2, such as location in a sensitive environment, cumulative impact, significant effect, scenic highways, hazardous waste sites, or historic resources apply to the project. The project applicant commissioned their own Historical Resource Analysis Report (HRAR) (February 2024) related to the existing structure, which was conducted fully in compliance with applicable professional standards and state procedures, and was included as part of PA22-0227 application materials submitted by the applicant during the course of the County's discretionary review. The February 2024 HRAR concluded that the property and its structures did not qualify under the applicable standards as an historic resource pursuant to the criteria outlined in CEQA Guidelines Section 15064.5.
County Clerk


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