Costa Mesa passed its sober-living law in October 2014 to control the previously unfettered influx of drug and alcohol rehab facilities to neighborhoods. “It’s a zoning ordinance,” countered Commissioner Colin McCarthy. The Costa Mesa City Council will still need to approve the proposed ordinance, and staff estimates the council will consider it in November. If approved, group home operators would have 90 to 120 days to apply for a city permit and another year to comply with the new regulations.
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