By Andrea Swayne
The Dana Point Planning Commission on Monday voted 2-2 on a mixed-use development project proposed by Majestic Housing and Development LLC for the Town Center/Lantern District.
Commissioners April O’Connor and Susan Whittaker voted to approve. Commissioners Gary Newkirk and Norm Denton opposed. Commissioner Liz Claus recused due to the close proximity of her home to the proposed project.
According to city policy, a tie vote constitutes a denial.
The project, which called for 30,000 square feet of retail space and 111 residential units to be built on seven non-contiguous lots, received criticism due to requested variances running contrary to the Town Center Plan. Variance requests included four-story buildings and elevator shaft structures extending over the 40-foot height maximum. The TCP allows only three-story buildings.
Majestic may choose to file an appeal to the City Council although no decision has been announced.