Tuesday, January 26, 2016


MIG Consulting is the city's chosen urban planner tasked with assisting the Laguna Beach Downtown Specific Plan update. MIG published draft recommendations to be discussed during a joint session of the LB Planning Department, City Council and MIG on Wednesday January 27 2016 (available from the city website here). The 47 page report reveals the emphasis in recommended changes to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) and confirms the Parking Management Plan. The chart shows keywords repeated in the plan, some frequently some don't appear at all. (updated report here).

"pedestrian" 7x
"plaza" 1x
"bike" 2x
"bikerack" 0x
"transit" 61x
"transitstop" 2x
"rail" 0x
"garage" 45x
"parking" appears 604 times.

Urban planning specialists tell us increasing parking supply increases the supply of cars to fill it. Like parking garages, you build it and they will come. Here are some surprises from the draft report, perhaps the best that can be done in politically contentious Laguna Beach. 
  • Special Parking Requirement 1 space per 1000 sqft. (good move)
  • In-lieu parking fees will fund more parking facilities
  • Design of parking facilities (garages) should include bicycle access ( but no bikelanes)
  • Growth of the parking supply (building new parking structures)
Now it should be clear what the consultants have in store for Laguna Beach.        -LS

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Nutty Bike Bill

Oy Vey!
Still feeling banner envy over those Wright Brothers from North Carolina, state legislator Jay Houghton introduced Missouri House Bill 2046 to amend Missouri state law to require every bicycle “operating upon a lettered county road” to be equipped with a fluorescent orange flag “suspended not less than 15 feet above the roadway.” More at Bicycling here. -LS