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Dana Point Planning Commission approves harbor development project, despite concerns from boaters
With more than 20 speakers – half for and half against – weighing in on the planned landside renovation of Dana Point Harbor, the city’s Planning Commission voted Monday night to approve the county-led project.
The 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Norm Denton dissenting due to the inclusion of a boat storage facility in the plan, moves the county closer to beginning work on the estimated $150 million project that is 15 years in the making.
“This plan has been vetted, amended, reviewed and revised and it’s time for it to come to fruition,” Commissioner Douglas Newkirk said.
The approved coastal development permit allows for landside renovations that include demolishing 13 of the harbor’s commercial and boater support buildings and replacing them with seven larger buildings that will add 30,000 square feet of new retail, restaurant, commercial and office space. The plan also includes construction of a two-level parking deck that will add 545 parking spaces to the harbor area, plus a 35,000-square-foot park near the waterfront.
The Planning Commission also approved in concept a 50,000-square-foot boat storage facility nicknamed the “boat barn” at the harbor’s northeast corner. That project still needs approval from the California Coastal Commission before it can be built.
Click here for full OC Register Article by Taylor Hill