Laguna Beach Parking Information

Laguna Beach like many other coastal designation cities has its share of parking related issues. It’s been a growing hot topic among city leaders and residents for decades. According to visitor business industry organizations like Visit Laguna, LB now hosts 6 million visitors per year. That’s a lot of vehicle traffic. Accommodating tourists with parking, in or near our downtown and other commercial districts has been an ongoing dispute between City Council Members and Residents. One significant disagreement creating such discourse is if parking structures are necessary and if so where should they be built and who pays for them. Many resident taxpayers feel that if the need is driven by commercial property owners and their businesses, then they should be the primary investors.

To address the parking issue, the City Council approved a master plan subcommittee appointing Council Members Bob Whalen and Sue Kempf to oversee the development of a comprehensive study to identify potential parking structure sites within the city. This effort resulted in the development of the Parking and Transport Demand Management Report which after several reviews by Council and the public was adopted on June 13, 2023.

While the the Council approved of the consultant report, no action has been taken to move forward with any specific locations at this time. Stay tuned. Those interested in giving input on the report and future parking needs should can contact:

Community Development Parking Plan Meetings and Documents 2 – Here

Community Development / Master Plan Subcommittee Report – Here

Final Recommendations and Adoption of the Parking and Transport Demand Management Report. June 13, 2023 Council Agenda Item # 14 – Here

Million Dollar Parking Garage

Story courtesy of the LB Indy –

There’s life again at the village entrance, a highly visible and often-congested downtown corner where hundreds of people park their vehicles between a concrete flood channel and a chain-link fence.

Over several decades, the asphalt parking lot has seen multiple virtual iterations. But plans for what some deem an eyesore near City Hall are getting closer to reality. The City Council decided Tuesday, Aug. 30, without a formal vote, to revive the plan, opting for an amalgam of two concepts presented to council members by a team of consultants. Read more here

City Council Proposed a $42.3 Million Parking Structure in 2013!  The Village Entrance continues to be a source of controversy.  This year, City Council members introduced  yet another Village Entrance plan presented by high-paid consultants.  As soon as this plan is available it will be posted.

Laguna Streets post is here

Check the city agenda record for specifics here.

LagunaBeachCHAT also wants to point out how LB’s own City Council super-donors/development interests showed up to speak in favor of the project:

  • Matt Lawson
  • Morris Skenderian
  • Sam Goldstein
  • Joe Hanauer
  • Marshall Ininns
  • Larry Nokes

Of course, they only have the best interests of the typical Laguna Beach tax-paying resident in mind 😉