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Report on Hotel Draws Criticism

The adequacy of an environmental impact report on a proposed 495-room resort hotel in Rancho Palos Verdes drew criticism Tuesday from about a dozen residents, including members of a newly formed environmental group.

The project, proposed by the Monaghan Co., would be built on the former Marineland site and would include the hotel, a golf course and convention facilities.

Gar Goodson, chairman of Save Our Coastline 2000, told the Planning Commission hearing that the impact statement is “seriously inadequate” because it does not discuss the project in relation to the city’s General Plan, which discourages the construction of “industrial and major commercial activities due to the terrain and environmental characteristics of the city.” The land is zoned for commercial and recreational use.

Goodson and several other members of the group, which has about 150 members, most of them residents of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, said the new organization is dedicated to keeping commercial development off the bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean.

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Today is the last day to submit written comment on the EIR. The commission directed the consultants who authored the EIR for the city to prepare a response to the public comments for a Feb. 4 meeting.

When the document is complete, the Planning Commission may certify the report. The commission’s decision can be appealed to the City Council.


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