A briefing on the Marina del Rey Design Guidelines Task Force and various project approvals, some with conditions for signage, lighting, landscaping and repainting, were on the agenda of the Marina del Rey Design Control Board at the Thursday, February 28th meeting at Burton Chace Park Community Building in Marina del Rey.

Donald Sibbett of RRM Design Group, the consultant company to the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for the Marina del Rey Design Guidelines Task Force, gave an overview of the task force’s goals. The group’s latest meeting took place in early February.

Sibbett said the categories include gateways and landmarks, streetscapes, waterfront access, parks, signage and buildings.

Remembering that the primary focus of the Marina is as a recreational boating area, Sibbett said the task force’s work keeps that goal in mind as it works on the guidelines within the parameters of public comments gathered prior to the task force implementation.

Susan Cloke, chair of the Design Control Board, said the use of language describing various categories and the implementation needed to be scrutinized to ensure that the correct ideas are being carried out, since language plays a large part in the final determination, and language in one document could set a precedent for other documentation.

In other business, the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau received approval for repainting and landscaping changes, emphasizing that the two main doors remain brown.

The Monte Carlo and Capri Apartments projects received approval for signage, but the applicant was asked to modify the signage for the St. Tropez apart- ments, with a rendering to be e-mailed to the Department of Planning and confirmation of the changes to be approved at the next meeting.

The applicant for the Marina Beach Marriott Hotel received approval to retain an unauthorized sign for a 60-day period related to valet parking at the hotel (the hotel now has valet parking only), and county staff said they would work with the applicant regarding traffic patterns at the hotel and the proper signage.

A new restaurant, the Organic Panificio (serving steaks and seafood), will take over the premises of the former Harbor House and Edie’s Diner to have two organically natural dining establishments — the more formal one in the Harbor House location — and a more casual eatery at the former Edie’s Diner.

The applicant/co-owner received approval to retain existing temporary signage and to remove an existing awning and a roof structural backboard, but was asked to return at the next meeting for signage approval.

The applicant for the BCBG Maxazria shop (the shop will be located in the former Pier 1 Imports store) at the Waterside at Marina del Rey received approval for exterior signage and exterior modification.

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