By Lillian Boyd

The Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the permits requested by Chevron to remodel its convenience store located on Del Obispo Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

City staff recommended the commission adopt a resolution approving requests for a coastal development permit, a conditional use permit and a site development permit. Plans for a new Chevron station implemented Spanish Colonial Revival architecture style with scalloped layers for roofing. Designers intentionally closed off trash and mechanical areas in their plans in order to discourage illegal camping. Draw ups also incorporate more illumination and security cameras.

The current Chevron convenience store does not sell alcohol, but corporate officials hope to sell beer and wine after construction. Although the state of California allows businesses to sell beer and wine between 6 and 2 a.m., several Dana Point residents expressed concerns during the public comment period for a potential increase in public intoxication and nuisances.

At the start of the meeting, the proposal called for beer and wine sales to end at 10 p.m. each night. But the applicant – Stantec architect Gary Semling – said officials with Chevron were willing to compromise and he amended the time to 9 p.m. A requirement was added that beer purchases must come in a pack of at least three instead of single cans or bottles, while wine bottles must contain at least 750 mL.

Architects with Chevron are now tasked with obtaining building permits before moving forward with construction.

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