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The Majestic Project, the major topic of the July 14 Planning Commission meeting,  is a 111 unit (320 car) condominium complex on only 2.2 acres between Del Prado Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway that claims to promote the goals of the Town Center Plan.

This, while asking for significant variances for height (over 40 feet) and the number of stories (four), would violate the most important and core requirements of the Town Center Plan for which residents are paying millions for just for sidewalks, street improvements and landscaping.

If approved, this project would set a precedent for creating a densely-populated, condo district with thousands of condos and cars rather than the pedestrian friendly, “small town village atmosphere” that the Town Center Plan requires and which would appeal to all Dana Point residents and visitors.

At the meeting, Dana Point residents overflowed the council chambers and vigorously objected to the lack of information to Dana Point residents about the project and its hasty presentation to the Planning Commission. The Community Development and Planning Department presentation did not highlight pertinent issues or provide complete disclosure to the public and commissioners but advocated a sweetheart deal for the developer with no concern for residents. The project’s generic appearance, density, traffic congestion and parking were the residents’ other major concerns.

Majestic and Town Center property owners expect the city of Dana Point to knuckle under to their outrageous demands for the sake of “progress” in Town Center. For example, since Majestic Housing & Development LLC will not provide all required parking on its site, Majestic has demanded that Dana Point assume a long term obligation to provide necessary parking elsewhere in Town Center.

Without a parking plan in place, the city has no idea of the parking location or cost. This demand alone could cost the city $1.5 million. The city is also granting this developer free rights to the area above and below two alleyways to enhance the project.

The city of Dana Point must not sell out its residents. If a major change of the Town Center Plan is required to attract development, residents must be fully included in all discussions and decisions regarding such changes.

The Planning Commission has decided to continue the project to its Aug. 11 meeting. To avoid the perceived deception that occurred leading up to the July 14 Planning Commission meeting, the city must provide residents with more timely information about the project well before the next meeting.

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