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By Andrea Swayne
City Council voted unanimously on April 19 to direct staff to creating a reserve account and explore funding sources for the Doheny Village revitalization plan.
The vote came after a project update informing council of the project’s progress. Among the updates was news of the city having received completed draft code language from the project designer, Opticos Design, as well as beginning the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report.
Cindy Nelson, interim economic development manager, reported that after discovering Caltrans’ requirements of extensive studies related to the planned “road diet” that would remove one lane in each direction and add two roundabouts on Doheny Park Road, staff decided to separate that part of the plan in order to deliver a land use plan to the California Coastal Commission in a more expeditious manner. The road diet, she said, will be handled separately.
The staff report also included news of recent investment in the area in the form of short-term improvements such as new median landscaping in the village.