Marina del Rey Design Control Board chair Susan Cloke has requested a brief summary of actions taken by the California Coastal Commission at its January 9th hearing on the Marina del Rey Periodic Review of the Local Coastal Program (LCP). The request came at the Design Control Board meeting Thursday, January 17th, at the Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

Cloke also said that any forthcoming periodic review-related public hearings arranged by the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning could be held during scheduled Design Control Board meetings to give interested parties the opportunity to attend.

Cloke said she had attended the California Coastal Commission meeting and was pleased by the strength of public participation, and that for the most part, speakers were well informed and gave fact-based presentations.

A significant number of letters were included in the coastal commission staff report from various groups, and Cloke said she would like copies of these letters available to the public.

Cloke also took public comment regarding some of the actions taken by the California Coastal Commission.

Coalition to Save the Marina executive director David DeLange said the coastal commission’s recommendation on declaring heron rookery areas an environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA) in the Marina was a victory for the community.

He then said that, that morning, the county had tree trimmers working on 21 date palms and 17 fan palms in which the herons were nesting and that he had asked the crews to stop trimming in certain areas.

“So much for ESHA protection,” said DeLange.

DeLange told The Argonaut Friday, January 18th, that a “chain-saw nightmare” woke him up, as well as other [Marina del Rey] residents, and he and Dr. Mansour Rahimi were able to intervene “just as a chainsaw-toting crew with their noisy chipper was bearing down on trees right next to active great blue heron nesting near the U.S. Coast Guard facility.” DeLange said they were “able to win a reprieve when the crew chief agreed by phone to stop trimming and to haul away the mass of branches already taken away without using the disruptive chipper, all within a short stone’s throw of nesting herons, and the crew, to their credit, left quietly.”

BOAT SLIPS — Regarding the issue of boating slips in the Marina, boat owners have been accusing the county of allowing boat slips to be removed to allow more development, and that the small boat slips 35 feet and under were most at risk.

DeLange said that the California Coastal Commission’s finding that the number of boat slips 35 feet and under not be reduced included all slips in the Marina.

Ina Barish told the Design Control Board that two things were very clear from the coastal commission’s actions; that the commission was very persuaded by development affecting all resources, and that the commission really heard the community’s frustration at the lack of outreach by the county.

SIGNAGE, REPAINTING AND LANDSCAPING — In other business, the Design Control Board took under consideration requests from seven applicants regarding issues such as signage, repainting and landscaping at existing facilities in Marina del Rey.

One applicant, the Marina Beach Marriott Hotel, at 4100 Admiralty Way, withdrew the request to be heard for a valet parking sign and reflective bollards at the hotel.

Consideration for signage at the Marina Professional Building at 4560 Admiralty Way involved renovations to existing building faÁade signs, a free-standing pole sign, replacement directional post signs and existing temporary tenant identification banners.

The applicant and one of the tenants told the control board that the signage approval had been delayed and that this particular tenant, Playa Marina Walk-In Urgent Care, required proper signage as soon as possible because the medical care offered needed to be visible to the public.

Cloke said the one sign would be approved with the condition that the first letter of each word would be capitalized and the rest lower case, and that the sign had to be installed within 30 days. If not installed, the approval would be withdrawn.

The applicant was also told to return before the control board “in a timely manner” for consideration of the other signs that Cloke said would be continued at a future meeting.

The temporary banner signs for tenants were approved to remain for 90 days, and Cloke said that Peter Phinney, a control board member, would work with the lessee on the remaining sign designs.

The applicant for Calidora Skin Care at the Waterside at Marina del Rey received approval for exterior modifications and signage, but was denied using the business name on the glass door to remain consistent with other businesses at the center.

The Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau applicants obtained approval for repainting the building, at 4701 Admiralty Way, as well as landscaping changes incorporating native and native-compatible vegetation, removing a large portion of grass for drought-tolerant plants and seating amenities for visitors.

The Villas Apartments On Admiralty Way (4170 Admiralty Way) received approval for two new wall-mounted building identification signs, three parking garage maximum clearance signs and two temporary banners.

Cloke remarked that the quick approval was because the applicant had presented all of the information well and the designs were well done.

Mariners Bay Apartments at 14000 Palawan Way received approval for its color scheme, although Cloke and Phinney said a 30-day window would be allowed in case the applicant decided upon an alternate color scheme because of the number of buildings that would be the same color.

A decision on signage for the St. Tropez, Monte Carlo and Capri Apartments, at 13924, 13970 and 13953 Panay Way, was continued until the next control board meeting, with Cloke asking the applicant to bring back actual size, clear exhibits to scale to better determine size.

Proposed signage and an awning for sugarFISH at Waterside at Marina del Rey received approval with the condition that restaurant lighting would be turned off at the time the restaurant closes, rather than 30 minutes later.

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