The Marina del Rey Design Guidelines Task Force was asked by RRM Design Group to indicate first and second choices in a visual preference survey of design scenarios relating to design guidelines in the Marina at the task force’s second meeting on Monday, December 10th, at The Boat House at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey.
The task force is an ad hoc working group — and a subcommittee of the Marina del Rey Design Control Board — composed of a diverse seven-member group established by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors working with RRM Design Group, a consultant to the county.
The task force was proposed by Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe to receive “broader-based input on planning and design issues in Marina del Rey,” said county officials.
The first meeting of the task force took place in late October to formulate the working procedures of the group members.
The task force is composed of one member from each of the following:
— Marina del Rey Design Control Board;
—Marina del Rey Lessees Association;
— Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau;
— LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce; plus
— a resident of Marina del Rey;
— a representative of boating interests; and
— one member at-large appointed by Knabe.
Information provided about each task force member is from their individual biography information.
— Peter Phinney, AIA, serves on the Design Control Board representing the Fourth District, and is the vice president of architecture with Bryant Palmer Soto, Inc. in Torrance, with supervisory responsibilities for master planning, retail, marina, corporate and industrial facilities and clients.
Phinney received his Master of Architecture in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, his Bachelor of Arts at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and has studied architecture and design in Europe at the Barbieri Center in Rome, Italy and at Ithaca College in London.
He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Design Professional, and is currently completing a marina renovation com- prised of over 400 slips, a yacht club, public park, playground picnic areas, yacht brokerage and other public facilities for Ventura County in Oxnard at Channel Islands Harbor.
— Greg Schem represents the Marina del Rey Lessees Association and is a current leaseholder in the Marina, and owns the Boat Yard and Fuel Dock, and had previously acquired the Villa Venetia apartments which sold three years ago.
Schem earned his M.B.A. at Cornell University and his undergraduate degree from State University of New York at Oneonta in chemistry.
An active boater in Marina del Rey since 1980, he enjoys cruising, fishing and sailboat racing.
Schem has actively acquired, managed and developed real estate nationwide for over 26 years, and is currently building a new pier for the Boy Scout camp in Emerald Bay on Catalina Island.
He said he is excited about being selected to serve on the task force and is looking forward to helping make a difference in Marina del Rey.
— Beverly Moore, executive director of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a leader in the California travel industry with more than 30 years of experience promoting travel and tourism destinations, including extensive expertise in creating destination marketing start-ups.
Moore has served as the executive director since 2001, implementing a complete overhaul of the community’s tourism promotion efforts.
Previously, Moore implemented and spearheaded the City of Santa Monica’s efforts to promote tourism, and within the 18 years helped to transform Santa Monica into an internationally renowned tourist destination.
Her experience creating destination start-ups began when former California Governor Jerry Brown recruited her from Washington, D.C. to create a completely new California State Tourism office in Sacramento as deputy director.
— Pat Younis, representing the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce, is the principal of The Bridge Group, which began operations in January1999 to assist real estate owners, develop-ers and commercial tenants in the areas of project development planning, entitlement strategy formulation, asset management, community outreach and land-lord/tenant relationships.
She has also functioned as the general and regional manager of the PM Realty Group, Marina del Rey properties formerly owned by Al Anwa, USA.
Her diverse background and knowledge were utilized as vice president and director of opera-tions for the Pacific region for Southmark Corporation, and as vice president of Real Property Management, Inc.
Younis has a number of com-munity affiliations which includes among others the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, of which she is vice president of the board of directors.
— Steve Curran, a Marina resident also representing boating industry interests, was raised in Santa Barbara, California.
He graduated from UCLA with a degree in economics in 1971.
Curran lives aboard his Cockpit motoryacht Friendship in the Marina with his wife B.J. and has two grown children.
His sailboat racing and yachting experiences include Olympic trials in 1968, several Trans-Pacific yacht races, winning in his class in 1985, commodore of the California Yacht Club in 1986, and co-principal race officer of Alpha Circle in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Curran started a small Hobie Cat dealership in 1969 while still attending UCLA and has owned or managed dealerships in the Marina since then.
In 1999, he opened the H&S Yacht Sales office in Marina del Rey, which he said is the largest sailboat dealership in North America.
— Dorothy Franklin represents local boating interests in the Marina.
“Having lived on my sailboat since 1983, I am delighted to represent the boaters on the task force to remodel Marina del Rey,” said Franklin.
She has a marine detailing business, as well as two other businesses, and has served as past president of Professional Marine Services Association, which is composed of over 40 marine business owners.
Franklin served on the first arbitration committee of Marina del Rey, and her boat won “Best of Theme” in the “Christmas Boat Parade” one year.
Her affiliations are P.O.W.E.R. (People Organized for Westside Renewal), Coalition to Save the Marina, and WE ARE Marina del Rey!
Prior to her life in the marine business, she was with two domestic and one international airline and traveled to the South Pacific and Asia, Central and South America and throughout Europe.
“My purpose is to help provide cohesion throughout the Marina’s remodeling and to promote and preserve the essence of our Marina from the boating community’s perspective.
— Attorney David Baker, appointed by Knabe as the at-large task force member, is a consumer attorney located at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club building since 1983.
He specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice and the representation of consumers damaged by acts of bad faith by insurance companies.
Baker has been involved in boating his entire life and he says he has owned 14 large boats and numerous small vessels over the past 30 years.
He has served as president of the Pioneer Skippers Boat Owners Association and in that capacity was responsible for running the annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade for several years.
Baker is a founder and president of Friends of Marina del Rey, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the interests of the recreational boating community in the Marina.
He has served as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointee to the board of the Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau since its inception, and has been honored with some community service awards over the years.
While the task force meetings don’t have public comment, the public may submit comments to the county Web site and the information will be provided to task force members.
NEW MARINA DESIGN GUIDELINES — The new design guidelines emphasize the need for simplicity and clarity, presented in a clean, concise and user-friendly format, said T. Keith Gurnee, principal of the RRM Design Group.
The design guidelines will clarify both the design of public realm and private leasehold improvements; balance guidelines versus standards; suggest treatments for the waterfront walk, streetscape appearance, “wayfinding,” landscaping, lighting, pedestrian and boater experience; and illustrate examples of successful designs.
RRM Design Group has prepared a set of “Guiding Principles” that are to be followed closely by the task force, and it is the task force’s charge “to respond to work products associated with a set of design guidelines that will be consistent with these approved principles,” county officials said.
The design guidelines will be presented to the full Design Control Board for action and adoption in the spring, and once approved, the guidelines will be presented to the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and the California Coastal Commission for any subsequent action, according to county officials.
MARINA DESIGN PRINCIPLES — There are six design principles that will be used to guide the development and processing of a new set of guidelines for the Marina, describing how the guidelines can create more cohesion, continuity, consistency and connectivity for Marina del Rey, county officials said.
— The first principal provides for continuous lateral public access along the entire waterfront; provides a wayfinding system for pedestrians, boaters, bicycles and vehicles to identify opportunities to interact with the water’s edge.
— The second principle high-lights the variety of parks, recreation and open-space opportunities and the importance of res- toring parks by reassessing the role and function of the Oxford Basin and the significance of Ballona Creek and the wetlands.
— The third principle outlines the provision of the distinct char-acter and functionality for street-scapes and attractive /functional parking facilities.
— The fourth principle estab-lishes a distinguishing identity for each mole (a massive structure set up in the water for a breakwater or pier, or an anchorage or harbor protected by such a structure) by identifying gateways at the entry to the mole, and modification of the overall plant palette.
— The fifth principle promotes sustainable systems throughout the Marina by improving the health of natural systems by protecting and promoting natural environments within the Marina; reduce run-off pollution, introduce innovative “green” systems by developing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) inspired guidelines for new buildings that encourage low energy and water use; practices to enhance the ecological health of the Marina and consider design of LEED-certified public buildings.
— The sixth principle provides leasehold design guidelines for future development.
The public may send com-ments through the county Web site or to a direct county e-mail address.
At the county Web site, beaches.co.la.ca.us/bandh/Main .htm/, click on “Contact Us” to either reach a form to be com-pleted or to reach a direct e-mail address, depending on your browser; or send e-mail to beach email@example.com.