The final California Coastal Commission amendment plan for Marina del Rey development was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at its March 20 meeting.

The plans include a 114-unit senior living facility that would feature 3,500 square feet of retail space, and a 526-unit apartment complex, both requiring a zoning change of two parking lots to housing.

Docking spaces for boats were also reduced, with approximately 9 percent fewer wet slips, from 4,761 to 4,349. Dry slips will increase to 1,114 from 817. The reduction of slips is also affected by Americans With Disabilities Act requirements that call for wider docks.

The Coastal Commission opposed construction of a new facility for the county Department of Beaches and Harbors office, as well as a 116,000-square foot retail and restaurant project.

Michael Tripp, planning specialist for Beaches and Harbors, said that under the approved plan, 10 acres of open space would be added, Burton Chace Park would be expanded, a 1.46-acre wetland park would be constructed on Via Marina, and an existing parking/trailer lot used by county workers would be converted to a dry-dock storage boat facility.

Critics of the development process in Marina del Rey have consistently stated that the loss of wet slips means that the small craft boater is being eliminated from the Marina in favor of larger boats and luxury yachts.

Local boaters and residents addressed the supervisors, stressing that the Marina originated as a recreational source for the public. They claimed it’s being subverted by developers and the county to cater to the wealthy. Marina del Rey provides funding for many projects throughout the county through leasing revenues.

Supervisor Don Knabe, whose Fourth District includes Marina del Rey, defended the county’s need to upgrade parts of the Marina.

“Marina del Rey is the crown jewel of the county, and I think we can all admit that it needs some polishing,” said Knabe.

“Today’s action allows for a balanced approach to redevelopment of the Marina and will move us forward in creating a special place to be enjoyed by boaters, visitors and all residents of Los Angeles County.” For Marina parcel maps, development information, http:/beaches.lacounty.gov

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