An urban consultant claims that the biggest issue for the public regarding the Marina del Rey “Mothers Beach” is the poor quality of water at the beach.

Urban design consultants at RRM Design have been hired to develop a strategic plan for that beach by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Improvements to the entire public area of Mothers Beach — such as construction of a waterfront pedestrian promenade currently used primarily as a service road, and relocation of picnic tables and playground areas — are all part of the strategic plan, RRM Design planning and landscape specialist T. Keith Gurnee told the County Marina del Rey Design Control Board Monday, May 23rd.

The consulting firm has already held meetings with Marina lessees and members of the public who frequent the beach area.

The primary concern of Design Control Board members is that the Marina area as an entire entity should be considered when developing a strategic plan, the board members said.

The board members want RRM Design to have access to Design Control Board meeting minutes since September to help the consulting firm understand the scope and identity of planned Marina redevelopment.

RRM Design was asked to return late next month or in early July with specific plans.

OTHER BOARD BUSINESS — The design board also gave conceptual approval for temporary location of six storage containers at Dock 77 on Mindanao Way related to the county youth aquatic program, with a proviso that Beaches and Harbors staff would provide a complete set of plans, colors, logo and paint at a future meeting.

Consideration of a new awning, cantilever repair and repainting at the Harbor House Restaurant on Admiralty Way was tabled until the next meeting, with a request for detailed drawings from the Harbor House representative.

Approval was given for consideration of signage and banners for the 2005 CoastLink Water Shuttle, scheduled to begin in the Marina Friday, May 27th.