The Costa Mesa Fairgrounds Makeover

The OC Fair & Event Center, home of the Orange County Fair, could undergo a $169 million makeover, including a bigger administration building, more parking and the demolition of an equestrian center.

The center’s Board of Supervisors on Thursday, April 26, will review draft concepts for a master plan defining what the 150-acre event venue will look like over the next decade.

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Kaitlin Willhoit
California ADU Applications Skyrocket

The legislation did several important things to encourage ADU construction. For one, it made ADUs legal in all California cities. It also established design standards that, when met, allow ADU development to receive “ministerial approval” instead of discretionary approval. In other words, ADU builders can apply for and receive construction permits over the counter at their city planning office, instead of seeking approval from a design commission or city council. When the proposed ADU is located within a half-mile of transit, is in a designated historic district, is attached to the existing unit and in several other instances, homeowners are not required to build an off-street parking space for the ADU. The 2016 legislation also creates a path for illegal ADUs to become official.

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