County’s application for revitalization project nears completion, Harbor director says
By Andrea Papagianis
Orange County survey crews were onsite at the OC Dana Point Harbor last week performing fieldwork for the county’s final application to revamp the city’s port.
The $140 million Harbor revitalization project has been in the works for decades with the first physical signs of change popping up throughout the last year. In February, wooden story-poles were erected, demonstrating the scale of new buildings slated to replace existing structures that were constructed in the late-1960s.
With the visit of survey crews, baseline information regarding underground utilities and proposed building elevations has been established, moving the project closer to permit hearings with the city of Dana Point, said Harbor Director Brad Gross.
The county’s rehab proposal would eliminate 13 commercial buildings in the area known as Mariner’s Village and construct seven new retail and office buildings closer to the south-end commercial docks. Landside plans also include a parking structure,the renovation of buildings nearer the commercial docks and a 35,000-square-foot park.
On the water, changes to boating slips and amenities, as well as the building of a dry-boat storage barn have been proposed.
While the Harbor is owned by the county, it lies within the Coastal Zone and falls under the jurisdiction of both the city and California Coastal Commission. In 2011, the city’s planning document, the Local Coastal Program, was approved by the state agency, meaning the city has the authority to approve building permits within the coastal zone.
The commission previously approved much of the landside plans, but now the city must give final approval. No date has been set for when the city’s Planning Commission will hear the finalized plans.