Wave Resort Dana Point

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Month August
Year 2018
Summary F23a Wave Resort Dana Point

Appeal No. A-5-DPT-17-0063 (Headlands Investments, LLC, Dana Point)

In October 2017, the Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter appealed a luxury hotel development approved by the City of Dana Point through Local Coastal Development Permit CDP17-0008. At its December 15, 2017 meeting, the Commission found substantial issue with the City of Dana Point’s approval of this project and ordered de novo review. One of the critical issues focused on by the appeal (and by the Commissioners during the hearing) was whether the certified Headlands Development and Conservation Plan (HDCP) permits construction of a hotel in addition to a hostel in Planning Area 4 (where the proposed project is located).

The HDCP allows for development of one hotel and does not permit a second hotel in Planning Area 4. The prior owner of the property comprising Planning Area 4 knew this and did not attempt to construct a hotel when it entitled the property for retail/restaurant/office space in 2008. In 2014, the City of Dana Point, in its bond proposal for a Facilities Maintenance District repeatedly distinguished between the commercial/office lots of Planning Area 4 and the hotel/luxury inn lots of Planning Area 9. Clearly, the HDCP does not permit development of a second hotel in Planning Area 4.

Coastal Commission staff disagreed, stating that the HDCP is sufficiently ambiguous to allow the luxury hotel. As such, staff recommended approval of the development with conditions. Commissioners ultimately agreed with staff and approved the development with proposed conditions.

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Outcome Description Commissioner Steve Padilla stated that he respects the Surfrider Foundation’s argument. However, he sympathized with the developer and stated that the hotel is a principally permitted use in the HDCP and he motioned to approve the permit. Commissioner Roberto Uranga seconded the motion stated that he supports the addition of a hostel to the hotel development as mitigation for the moderate- to high-cost proposed hotel.
Why You Should Care Consistency of position and plain meaning are important when interpreting local coastal programs. The HDCP does not permit a second hotel in Planning Area 4 and the City of Dana Point has never thought it did, until now. By allowing this development, the Coastal Commission is opening the door to other development inconsistent with LCPs and potential abuse of LCP policies.
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Decision Type De Novo Appeal
Staff Recommendation Approval with Conditions
Staff Report
Lobbyist/Agent Steve Kaufmann
Opposition to Project Surfrider Foundation
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3

Voting Detail for Wave Resort Dana Point

Individual vote detail for Issue: Wave Resort Dana Point
Mark VargasGood Vote
Ryan SundbergBad Vote
Carole GroomGood Vote
Dayna BochcoBad Vote
Steve PadillaBad Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersBad Vote
Aaron PeskinGood Vote by Alternate
Donne BrownseyAbsent for Vote
Erik HowellBad Vote
Mary LuevanoBad Vote
Sara AminzadehAbsent for Vote
Roberto UrangaBad Vote

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