South Laguna Civic Association Cares!
Located in Southern California, USA about half way between Los Angeles and San Diego along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Our community is nestled between the coastal hills and the rocky coves in the south most areas of the city of Laguna Beach. See a map for area and photos.
The South Laguna Civic Association is an organization of South Laguna residents striving to:
--preserve and enhance the quality of life existent within the community environment
--maintain the unique village character of the community: the streets,the vegetation, the diversity in housing and living opportunities.
--preserve open space, conserve natural resources, and protect outstanding geographical features
--insure planned and orderly growth: to prevent excessive density and the accompanying increase in taxes needed to finance enlarged community services
--inform citizens on issues affecting South Laguna
--insure the citizens of South Laguna a significant, representative voice in the future of their community.
Since 1946 the South Laguna Civic Association has represented
South Laguna's interests, primarily in relation to community planning.
Homesteaded around the turn of the century, South Laguna wasn't
subdivided until the 1920's.
Subdivisions at that time were not required to provide sewer and water,or even paved roads, so in the 30's and 40's the efforts were to provide the most basic of services. In the 1950's and 60's the organization fought the proposed Coast Freeway, and tried to minimize the impact of ocean front condominiums that the County approved on R-1 zoned land. Still unincorporated, in 1971 South Laguna was besieged with a series of development proposals--from more condominiums on the beach to residential subdivisions, condominiums and mobile home parks and in the
hillsides. The Civic Association took the lead, with Fred Lang as head of its "Sub-committee for the South Laguna General Plan," to prepare a general plan for the community. This plan proposed to keep the hillsides as preserved open space, while allowing development on the hill tops, accessed from inland streets.
Since that time Civic Association has championed the concepts of the plan, and acres of hillsides have been preserved, which are now part of Aliso Woods Canyon Regional Park. South Laguna Village Green was created as a result of Civic Association efforts, as well as the children's park at Aliso Beach. SLCA fought hard to keep Aliso School from being closed and sold. Unfortunately having lost that battle, SLCA fought for the best possible design for the community park, later named for Frederick M. Lang. The Civic Association was an impetus for the preparation of the South Laguna Specific Plan. Many of its members served on the South Laguna Specific Plan Board of Review, which was South Laguna's only planning board until 1987 when South Laguna was annexed by the City of Laguna Beach.
Now that South Laguna is part of the City, the SLCA represents South Laguna's concerns at the City Council. Current issues are monitoring the Binion project now under construction on our southern ridge top, working for improved water quality in Aliso Creek, and trying to keep the Treasure Island project in scale with the community.
SLCA does all this with the help of many concerned and active South Lagunans who enjoy working together for the benefit of the community. Please join us. We look forward to meeting you.
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