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By Andrea Papagianis

On Tuesday, the City Council received and filed an update from project consultant ROMA Design Group on plans to revamp the 0.5-square-mile Capistrano Beach district of Doheny Village.

Boris Dramov, of the San Francisco-based firm—also working on Town Center revitalization plans—was on hand to answer questions regarding the planning process. The update was requested by council members at a meeting last month.

Dramov highlighted the need for residential opportunities to create a pedestrian-friendly, live-work environment. In order to do so, Dramov suggested the city alter existing zoning—established in 1989—to better fit their view for development.

Planning for Doheny Village began in 2011and the city retained ROMA as the design consultant for the project. The planning effort is funded by a $340,000 grant from the California Strategic Growth Council aimed to initiate the development of sustainable communities.

The five council members applauded Dramov and ROMA Design for the work being done on both city renewal projects.

While only general ideas were discussed, director of Community Development, Ursula Luna-Reynosa said the city’s goal is to have finalized plans before the end of 2013, as the approval process could take years.

Ultimately, plans will have to gain approval from three bodies including the California Coastal Commission, the city Planning Commission and the City Council.

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