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Planning Commission Rejects Doheny Hotel Proposal

posted Apr 27, 2014, 4:39 PM by Betty Hill   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 9:56 AM ]
The planning Commission voted 4-0 to reject the Doheny Hotel Proposal citing the high density of the project; the doubling of the height limit; the lack of required setback; and the traffic that would be generated on PCH and at the already congested intersection.

Why did the developer spend so much money on his proposal and an Environmental Impact Report when approval by the commission was highly unlikely?  Why did the city staff spend so much time supporting this project?  Why did the developer feel he could use city parkland for the entrance to his hotel?  It is particularly interesting to note that the developer can take this project directly to the city council, which can overturn the commission's ruling.

If the developer does go to the council, each councilman should act responsibly and reaffirm the rejection of the Doheny Hotel Proposal.  Failure to do so will make the council appear to be under the influence of the developer or a special interest group.