Letter: Following the Rules, Being a Good Neighbor

The Dana Point Planning Commission is expected to hear updated plans on the Doheny Hotel at its April 14 meeting. Originally, the hotel’s developer Beverly Hills Hospitality Group proposed building a two- to five-story building at Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive. Changes to the plan are not known at this time. Courtesy endering by Dan Sasso

The Planning Commission is expected to hear updated plans on the Doheny Hotel at its April 14 meeting. Originally, the hotel’s developer Beverly Hills Hospitality Group proposed building a two- to five-story building at Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive with more than 250 rooms. Pool deck rendering by Dan Sasso

Wayne Via, Dana Point

Regarding the plans for a new hotel on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive, most of the people at the Planning Commission meetings, are not against the construction of a hotel. The new hotel is just replacing the existing old hotel.

What they are upset about is that the developer of the new hotel has decided that he doesn’t have to follow the established rules regarding building height, needed parking spaces and easement restrictions.

It’s been my experience that if a new neighbor comes into the neighborhood and the very first thing he does is announce to you that he is not going to follow your rules and regulations, he is not going to be a good neighbor.

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3 Responses to “Letter: Following the Rules, Being a Good Neighbor”

  1. Dean
    March 20, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    The point could not have been presented more succinctly.

  2. Paul
    March 21, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    Absolutely! Building height has been observed by all development for years and now we are going to allow a change? For what? This is one of the things that distinguishes Dana Point from other beach cities. It keeps the quaint charm that makes this town appealing. Please don’t let the development crazed, revenue driven new comers rule and change what we hold dear. Annex park land? Raise height limits? Ignore set backs? Who are these people and why should we allow their entry to our city? City officials salivating over tax increases need to be replaced. They don’t speak for those that have paid taxes and haven’t allowed over development of our precious resources.

  3. Dave Bartholomew
    March 23, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    Dear Wayne, Dean, Soapbox, good and bad neighbors
    I missed the math comparison. The new proposed upgrade is 250 rooms, but what was the existing Hotel density? Please recall that two decades ago, People were quick and right to point thumbs down and to join the Save the Headlands movement and stand against the out-of-towners’ their architects paid well to forecast and predict our Public outrage.

    Where’s the math? L.A. Times Land Barons wanted to triple and quadruple the size of the Headlands’ property density. Just look at the sad, special interest overdevelopment at the Strands Beach!

    I probably missed it, but did Dana Point Times purposely err to leave out the math comparisons? Please supply a list of all important factors. Ie / before and after parking, setbacks, shipping trucks, etc. When accurately completed, it is at this time, when in fact, the issues are presented more succinctly.

    Please also know that in the past, when a big enough beef and complaint was demonstrated and when city officials refused to in the past to be just, good, a smart neighbor … then the People would make a just and smart Call for an attorney to step in and offer services.

    What I see taking place with the Harbor Remodel tells me that only the outsiders, the very elite and very wealthy, county special interests will win out. Dana Point as a beautiful, romantic and environmental attraction will take two steps backwards. Our big hotels are idiots to stand silent and trust the County plan. This is where funding for anti-Harbor Remodel campaign should begin for the big three stand to lose big time.

    To avoid confusion, making assumptions, it is best for both the City and the People to itemize the mathematical comparisons, above and compare both lists. Don’t forget the ticking time bomb, of the whole downtown rezoning white elephant. As the past and current ‘developers council’ make D.P. a less attractive attraction, it will be possible to look back 10 years from now, or next election, to count the good neighbors.
    DaveBartholomew@cox.net is an artist, teacher, night security guard … when I am feeling up to it.

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