Height of proposed Hotel to be shown using flags starting Thursday, November 14
By Andrea Papagianis
The Dana Point City Council approved a contract extension Tuesday with the Irvine-based firm preparing an environmental impact report for the proposed 258-room Doheny Hotel.
A preliminary EIR became available for public review in September, but with public comments and feedback from city staff, the Planning Commission and City Council still ahead, the contract with the environmental consultant UltraSystems was extended. This is the second contract extension. Project applicant, Michael Draz, of the Beverly Hills Hospitality Group, pays for the EIR.
The firm was contracted in January 2011 to examine impacts of the proposed two- to five-story hotel on 1.5-acres at the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, a staff report said.
The site currently houses a Jack in the Box, a vacant store and the 46-room Dana Point Harbor Inn, all of which would be demolished. Plans for the hotel include conference rooms, restaurants, rooftop amenities like a pool and bar and an underground parking structure with about 275 spaces.
Beginning Thursday, November 14, story-poles will be erected on the property, demonstrating the various heights of the proposed hotel. They will be removed on Wednesday, November 20.
To move forward as planned, the developer would need a variance for the city’s height limit of 35 feet, said Ursula Luna-Reynosa, the city’s community development director. The proposed hotel varies in height from two stories to five, with its highest point standing at 60.5 feet tall.
Preliminary findings along with public comments and responses from city staff will be presented to the Planning Commission on Monday, November 18. No vote will be taken on the project. A public hearing will follow on December 9. Planning Commission meetings are held at City Hall, Council Chambers, located at 33282 Golden Lantern. Meetings begin at 6 p.m.
The Doheny Hotel proposal will be the topic of the Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat on Friday, November 15. The developer’s communications consultant will present the plans and field questions about the project. The monthly meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and are held at Coffee Importers in the OC Dana Point Harbor, at 34531 Golden Lantern.
Updated on Wednesday, November 13: An earlier version of the story incorrectly listed the date story poles would be erected at the site. The story was updated to reflect the correct date. The Dana Point Times apologizes for the error.