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Majestic Development Project Issues


1)      Density -  111 Condos and 30,000 sq ft of retail and restaurants with a need for 337 cars on 2.19 acres – not a small town village atmosphere as required in Town Center Plan

2)      Parking Nightmare – Only 250 spaces plus 12 tandem spaces provided in garages versus needs for from 337 (Community Development) to 392 (without concessions)

            a)      Guests and customers expected to find parking in underground maze?

            b)     Inevitable spill over into residential neighborhoods north and south

3)      Traffic Congestion – all project provided parking is entered from Amber Lantern or the alley between Amber and Violet Lantern which will snarl Amber Lantern; Only 2 narrow lanes on Amber Lantern for access to Phase 1 and 2 underground garages and back in slant parking plus deliveries and trash trucks blocking narrow lanes of Amber Lantern, PCH and Del Prado

4)      Height  variances - add 10 foot elevator towers and 3 ½ foot railings which were not highlighted and require a conditional use permit

5)      In Lieu Parking – burden to supply rest of parking is passed off to the city for $15,000/ space; City has no plan where this will be and could cost $1,575,000

6)      Concessions - recommended by Dana Point Community Development to Majestic

            a)      4th floor variance adds 40 Condos = +56%  and 88.5 parking spaces required

            b)     Roof garden variance adds height + noise

            c)      Majestic can build to the lot line on all sides – no extended sidewalks, no seating

            d)     Majestic is given free use of two sections of public alley – 2 floors above and 2                                layers of garage below

            e)      Majestic is allowed to provide no delivery and trash pickup locations (pushed onto                         public roads and alley)

            f)       Majestic can eliminate providing  guest parking (23) and reduces retail need by 10                             by providing bike spaces

            g)      Majestic can count 12 parking spaces on Amber and Violet Lantern as their                                 contribution


The Majestic Project, the major topic of the July 14 Planning Commission meeting,  is a 111 unit condominium complex needing  a minimum 337 cars on only 2.2 acres between Del Prado and PCH that claims to promote the goals of the Town Center Plan.  This while asking for significant variances for height (over 40 feet)and the number of stories (four) that would violate the most important and core requirements of the Town Center Plan,  for which residents are paying over $24 Million just for sidewalks, street improvements and landscaping. If approved, this project would set a precedent for creating a densely populated condo district with thousands of condos and cars rather than the pedestrian friendly, “small town village atmosphere” that the Town Center Plan requires and which would appeal to all Dana Point residents and visitors.  

At the meeting, Dana Point residents overflowed the council chambers and vigorously objected to the lack of information to Dana Point residents about the project and its hasty presentation to the Planning Commission.  The Community Development and Planning Department presentation did not highlight pertinent issues or provide complete disclosure to the public and Commissioners but advocated a sweetheart deal for the developer with no concern for residents.  The project’s generic appearance, density, traffic congestion and parking were the residents’ other major concerns. 

Majestic and Town Center property owners expect the City of Dana Point to knuckle under to their outrageous demands for the sake of “progress” in Town Center.  For example, since Majestic will not provide all required parking on its site, Majestic has demanded that Dana Point assume a long term obligation to provide necessary parking elsewhere in Town Center.  Without a parking plan in place, the City has no idea of the parking location or cost.  This demand alone could cost the City $1,575,000. The City is also granting this developer free rights to the area above and below two alleyways to enhance the project.

The City of Dana Point must not sell out its residents. If a major change of the Town Center Plan is required to attract development, residents must be fully included in all discussions and decisions regarding such changes. The Planning Commission has decided to continue the Majestic project to its August 11, 2014  meeting.  To avoid the perceived deception that occurred leading up to the July 14 Planning Commission Meeting, the City must provide residents with more timely information about the project well before the next Planning Commission meeting.