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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council held a special meeting this week to consider a temporary freeze on building permits, but decided against such action after being assured that the staff of the recently formed city is able to handle planning responsibilities assumed from the county last month. The meeting was requested by Councilman Paul M. Christiansen, who said there were "glaring failures" in planning procedures inherited from the county.
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February 8, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
A Las Vegas casino owner who acquired 45 hilltop acres in the Laguna Greenbelt as a collection on a gambling debt will be allowed to divide the site--paving the way for its development. In a 4-1 vote this week, the Laguna Niguel City Council upheld an Orange County Planning Commission decision to allowing Jack Binion to split the parcel, which is on a steep ridgeline in the southernmost tip of the Greenbelt.
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April 26, 1990 | LEN HALL
Officials agreed Wednesday to pay a store $5.8 million for the right to build part of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor directly over the store and its parking lot, officials said. Costco, a discount department store that is part of a Seattle-based chain, agreed to sell the right-of-way for its Cabot Road store just west of Interstate 5. That right of way will provide an alternative for linking the corridor with the freeway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ
Faced with trying to preserve a scenic ridgeline that overlooks Laguna Beach but is located in neighboring Laguna Niguel, the Laguna Beach City Council has asked for a joint meeting with Laguna Niguel council members in an effort to stop a proposed 32-unit housing development.
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December 20, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council has let stand its earlier approval of a 17-acre shopping center in the Bear Brand community, but gave final approval only after further modifying a project that already had 34 conditions attached to it. The proposed center, which will include a seven-screen movie theater and three restaurants, has been opposed by some residents as a hulking, noisy intrusion into their neighborhood.
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July 15, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Orange County supervisors took up a host of development agreements in early 1988, four months before a heavily favored slow-growth initiative was scheduled to appear on the ballot, local environmentalists howled in protest. The haste to lock in permits would result in mistakes and rob the public of potential benefits, they argued. Their pleas to delay action were ignored: In a heated session on Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
Organizers of a new committee who are fed up with "unchecked development" will launch a petition drive today for a ballot initiative that would protect the city's ridgelines. If members of the Laguna Niguel Ridgeline Protection and Preservation Committee gather enough signatures by Aug. 7, the City Council can adopt the measure or move to place it on the November ballot. The group must collect roughly 3,500 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
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July 20, 1990 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In February, 1988, Laguna Niguel officials sat down with a developer to swap some land for the public good: The developer was to give up eight scenic acres of open space and in return Laguna Niguel was to give up three acres of slopes. Last week, the officials were dismayed to learn that they had actually given up not three acres but 96 that were supposed to have been reserved for future parkland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council has voted to ask the Orange County Superior Court to invalidate a proposed ridgeline protection ordinance because of fears that it could be unconstitutional. The council voted 2 to 0, with two abstentions, to take the action after city attorneys warned that implementing the ordinance could violate individual property rights. At a public hearing Thursday night, Councilmen Thomas W. Wilson and Larry A. Porter voted to ask the court to invalidate the proposed ordinance.
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October 4, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
Officials will take the unusual step of notifying all city residents of a hearing next month on the proposed ridgeline protection ordinance because of the "far-reaching economic impacts on all taxpayers," City Manager Timothy J. Casey said Wednesday. Officials also began searching Wednesday for a hall to accommodate hundreds of residents they think will attend the hearing, which probably will be held on a Saturday.
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