The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning will hold two community meetings this month to present information and solicit community input on the proposed Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP) major amendment.

The meetings are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 21 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Burton Chace Park Community Building, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

The draft LCP is available for a six-week public review period that began Aug. 13.

County officials said that as part of the “roadmap approach” approved by the county Board of Supervisors on Sept. 1, 2009, a draft major amendment to the LCP has been prepared, aggregating proposed amendments, including the “pipeline” projects, into one major map and text amendment.

The process treats all Phase II development requiring an LCP amendment as a single compound amendment, and calls for the county to develop a vision of future Marina redevelopment within five years, focusing on leaseholds terminating in 15 to 20 years.

At issue are six pending “pipeline” projects that are being treated as one project requiring an amendment, with some opponents saying that there are more than six because while some share an environmental impact report (EIR), they are separate projects.

The six pipeline projects listed by the county are:

Parcels 52/GG n 345-space dry stack boat storage building and outdoor mast-up storage spaces at Fiji Way;

Parcels 49/77 have been withdrawn from the lessee bidding process at this time. The project included commercial and visitor-serving (including restaurants) or mixed-use with associated parking, replacement boating/launch facilities, public parking, option to build residential units, and/or new administration building for the county Department of Beaches and Harbors at Admiralty Way, bordering Fiji and Mindanao ways.

Parcels 9U/10/FF n a 19-story hotel/timeshare with a wetland park on the southern half of the parcel, and 526 apartment units and anchorage replacement, plus public parking relocation (FF conversion contemplated in 1996 LCP relocation of open space to Parcel 9 for wetland park) at Admiralty and Marquesas ways;

Parcels 33/NR n mixed-use project (The Waterfront) with apartments, restaurants and retail. Public parking will be replaced and residential component supports commercial use during non-visitor periods at Admiralty Way (formerly Harbor House/Edie’s Diner);

Parcel OT n 114-unit senior retirement facility with on-site replacement public parking spaces (conversion and replacement of public parking for senior use contemplated in 1996 LCP) at Washington Boulevard near Palawan Way; and

Parcel IR n 147-room Marriott Residence Inn, with replacement of public parking both on and off-site at Marina (Mothers) Beach. This project was withdrawn by the developer in 2009.

Opponents to the LCP amendment said it proposed major development changes that may cause significant negative impacts on people who live and recreate in the Marina, as stated by We ARE Marina del Rey co-directors David Barish and Nancy Vernon Marino. Barish and Vernon Marino claim that the county’s redevelopment plans would impact local residents and boaters in a number of ways such as:

Major traffic increases and intersection changes;

Handover of public recreational land to private developers including public parking lots, park space and the boat launch ramp;

Loss of significant open space and views of the water;

Loss of promised two-acre public park at Via Marina and Marquesas Way;

Loss of small boat slips n over 800 slips less than 35 feet to be eliminated; pushing non-motorized boating activity away from Marina (Mothers) Beach;

Large/tall buildings with no setbacks, such as Esprit I;

Wetland destruction/loss of bird life, and environmental impacts; and

Removal of Fisherman’s Village’s colorful, landmark-worthy buildings.

Beaches and Harbors director Santos Kreimann has maintained at public meetings that because of the economy and the shortage of California Coastal Commission staff, it is more fiscally responsible to combine the pipeline projects into one amendment.

For information, the Department of Regional Planning, Special Projects Section, Michael Tripp from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (closed Fridays) at (213) 974-4813 or marinaplanner@planning.lacounty.gov/.

Project materials are available at the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey and online at http://planning.lacounty.gov/.

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