Here’s the agenda for the OB Planning Board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 5th. The Board meets at 6pm sharp at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Avenue.
On Wednesday’s agenda, besides the usual reports, are two items of interest.
World Oil Wants Extension for Their Sunset Plaza
The first item of interest is an action item, a request by World Oil for an extension of time for their Coastal Development Permit that allows them to build a 6609 square foot, two-story office building at the corner of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Voltaire Street. The corporation years ago was approved to construct what they call the Sunset Plaza, but have yet to move on the development at the site of their one-third acre of prime OB property. They did purchase the Dover Plumbing lot – and both parcels have been boarded and fenced up for years.
NOTE: They need the extension not necessarily for themselves but for whomever they can sell the property and plans and permit to. For the property is up for sale.
That particular corner has a weird and controversial and contentious history. A decade ago, a community group, OBGO, took it upon itself to clear and clean-up what had become World Oil’s dumpsite and put in a park-like setting with trees, bushes, flowers, and paths. After a couple of years of working with OBGO, World Oil came in and overnight destroyed the garden and threw up a fence. Subsequently, they achieved OBPB approval for their unsightly “medical building” – a disastrous concoction of glass and stucco.
The corner lot has been fenced for years, accumulating political signs, trash and weeds.
Public Hearing on OB Precise Plan Update
The other item of interest is a discussion item regarding a “public hearing to consider the Ocean Beach Community Plan and local coastal program.”
It’s expected that City planner Maxx Stalheim will be asking the Planning Board for its “feedback” of what has been presented as the Ocean Beach community plan update. Copies of the update document will be handed out by Stalheim to Board members only – and not to the public. Stalheim told the Peninsula Beacon that even though the update will be discussed in public, audience members won’t be able to view it. “We simply don’t release draft documents before they go out,” he told the Beacon. The update goes to the San Diego Planning Commission next on June 20th.
The update will not be available to the public online or until its at the OB Library on July 12th.