Doheny Hotel plans call for a more than 250-room two- to five-story structure at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. The hotel’s developer, Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, is expected to present updated plans at the Planning Commission’s April 14 meeting. Rendering courtesy of Langdon Wilson International
Doheny Hotel plans call for a more than 250-room two- to five-story structure at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway. The hotel’s developer, Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, is expected to present updated plans at the Planning Commission’s April 14 meeting. Rendering courtesy of Langdon Wilson International

 Steven Moss, Dana Point

So far it appears that the Planning Commission might not get what many residents are trying to tell them about the Doheny Hotel: Height, traffic impact, possible tsunami zone problems, water usage impact, loading zone on Pacific Coast Highway and not to forget parking problems and the issue of giving away park space for them to build parking spaces.

Then many of us didn’t realize how this could also impact the other hotels in the area that currently only operate at a 60 percent occupancy and what they bring to our fair city in tax revenue. What would we do if they left? What impact would that bring us? Do we really need another hotel?

I hope Mayor Lisa Bartlett is looking into this with a clear conscious that is not being impacted by the generous campaign contribution given to her by the hotel’s developer.

Attending the last Planning Commission meeting showed that consultants did not do their due diligence when looking into the above, or turned a blind eye. If the variance and land give away goes through, which it shouldn’t, then those elected—like the Mayor—will most likely face lawsuits and never get re-elected.

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