By Andrea Swayne
The city of Dana Point has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the appeal of a permit for landside revitalization of the commercial core at Dana Point Harbor.
In May, the Planning Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit for the Commercial Core Project, a portion of the $140 million Harbor Revitalization Plan in the works for more than 15 years.
That approval was quickly followed by an appeal, filed by Bruce Heyman, president of Boaters 4 Dana Point Harbor.
In June, City Council denied the appeal and Heyman took the appeal to the California Coastal Commission. Two members of the Coastal Commission also appealed the permit.
Boaters were concerned that boater amenities, such as parking and storage could be negatively impacted by the project.
The plans call for the addition of 30,000 square feet of new retail and include the demolition of 13 buildings, reconstruction of seven, a 35,000-square-foot park, infrastructure and landscape improvements. Approval, in concept, is also being requested for a dry stack boat storage facility.
Regarding amendments to the Coastal Development Permit being presented at the hearing, the city’s official Notice of Public Hearing reads as follows: “Revisions to the project are intended to supplement the existing documentation and to allow the California Coastal Commission to determine that no substantial issue exists, thereby allowing the city’s discretionary approval of the permit to become final.”
Citizens wishing to be heard, for or against the project, will have an opportunity to speak at the hearing. Written correspondence may also be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at City Council at 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Ste. 203, Dana Point, CA 92629.
For more information, visit the city’s website at www.danapoint.org