Public hearing for more than 250-room hotel proposal continues Monday
By Andrea Papagianis
The contentious Doheny Hotel proposal will once again go before the Planning Commission, as the governing body continues a public hearing Monday, Feb. 10.
The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Dana Point Community Center gym, at 34052 Del Obispo Street.
On Dec. 9, more than 100 people packed the same room and raised concerns over the project’s size, density and the impact of a more than 250-room hotel, at Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive, could have on traffic.
The commission continued the meeting after the hotel’s developer, Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, presented an adapted proposal it believed addressed community and commission concerns about parking, traffic, density and commercial deliveries for the first time.
In the project’s draft Environmental Impact Report an alternative proposes to utilize an adjoining slope with Lantern Bay Park to add more parking spaces. The changes suggested using a portion of parkland to ease hotel entrance access and to add an additional loading dock. As it stood before, the hotel’s only loading dock would be located on PCH.
If approved, the changes would need City Council approval for a 30-foot easement, because the land was deeded by Orange County for park use.
Currently, the proposed hotel site includes a Jack in the Box, vacant store and 46-room hotel. All buildings would be demolished. Plans for the hotel include conference rooms, restaurants, rooftop lounge amenities and an underground parking structure with 275 spaces.