Wednesday night, November 2nd, at the OB Recreation Center, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will formally review the plans for the Ocean Park Villas project, slated for the corner of Abbott and Saratoga.
This is the project that recently went before the California Coastal Commission where three OB Planning Board members spoke and convinced them to send the project back to Ocean Beach for a public review. This decision was seen as a victory for community planning – although it may be short lived. The Commission’s staff had recommended approval of the plans – despite substantial changes from the original and the lack of any public review process by either Ocean Beach or San Diego for that matter.
Wednesday night’s review will be the very first formal review of the project’s plans by the entire OB Planning Board. The Project Review Committee had seen the plans at that meeting back in mid-October. (A full set of plans in PDF format are available for download)
OBcians, local property owners, and merchants are urged to attend this hearing for a number of reasons. First, to review the project’s changes from the original. Second, to celebrate the victory by the planners in obtaining a continuance from the Coastal Commission. And third, to see up close what is probably going to be the reality at that corner of the community’s waterfront.
The Planning Board meeting begins promptly at 6:00 pm at the Rec Center, located at 4726 Santa Monica Ave. Here is the agenda: