The California Coastal Commission has postponed hearing a Marina del Rey Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendment consisting of four projects until November.
Santos Kreimann, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, told The Argonaut, “Since the Coastal Commission appointed a new executive director, Dr. Charles Lester, additional time was needed for his staff to properly brief him on the details of the LCP amendment application, which is quite complex, and I was in agreement with commission staff’s decision to postpone the meeting.”
In addition, approximately six new commission members have been appointed this year, replacing longtime members who were familiar with the proposed amendment.
The four pipeline projects in the amendment include the Neptune Marina apartments; a 1.46-acre public wetland park; the Oceana senior housing facility; and the Holiday-Panay Way marine commercial facility.
A fifth project, the Woodfin Suite Hotel, was originally part of the pipeline projects, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in April to separate the project and refer it to the Department of Regional Planning for further review and public input following recent project revisions.
The project revisions included redesigning the hotel from a 19-story, 225-foot-high hotel to two five-story wings below 70 feet in height, and eliminating a proposed timeshare element.
Strong opposition to the hotel project from local organizations and residents of the Marina, during various phases and public meetings, seemingly prompted the supervisors to remove it from the amendment process.