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SCSQUARED halfBy Eric Heinz 

The proposed public parking lot to be built at 1832 El Camino Real in the city’s north beach was brought up by community members during the oral communications portion of Tuesday’s meeting.

The California Coastal Commission gave the city the option to withdraw the application and submit a new application for an alternative proposal than the original proposal from past meetings.

During a May 13 meeting, the city of San Clemente had given its proposal to the commission, but during the commission meeting May 13 in Santa Barbara the city’s public works department said to consider an alternative to the commission with certain conditions. The parking lot is designated at 1832 El Camino Real in the city’s north beach, and it is to be almost 200 feet parallel and 100 feet perpendicular to the coastline.

In January, the proposal was postponed because opposition to the city’s proposal had been brought by some community members.

Some of the inquiries from the commission included a lack of parking compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, secondary exits, ocean views impediment from large trees proposed in the center of the lot and adequate parking spaces.

To alleviate some of the concerns, applicants proposed to reduce the height of the parking lot by 2 feet.

With as much coastal view as possible from the sidewalks and proposed adjacent greenery surrounding it, the commissioners said they would like to see the community members’ alternative in a proposal in the near future.

The people who spoke during oral communications said they would like to see the city include the alternative accepted by the commission for a council meeting in the near future. If the council does not approve the alternative, the speakers said that it would set the project back significantly. The entirety of the commission’s hearing is available at for the May 13 meeting under item 16(b) starting at time mark two hours and 30 minutes (2:30:00).

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  • a smart and planned out north beach is all anyone wishes ,, this mite include the future ,,,, like bus turn outs or trail extensions and a large park or plaza
    most councils ask for a raw plan ! a contest type thing to direct design and features

    here we let the 300 foot radius or nearer citizens design it to their benefit with some special interests sneaking around also

  • Those people who keep speaking out need to just relax. Cities change, people change. The beach trail went under such opposition, and now everyone loves it. If San Clemente improved its active transportation and transit options, then we could reduce the need for parking. Fair enough, we need ADA compliant parking, but there doesn’t need to be a million spots for everyone and their Tesla.

    We have a real opportunity to make something amazing that connects the Marblehead development, North Beach, El Camino/Del Mar Businesses, the Pier Bowl, and even the Camino de Estrella development. This development lies in an integral area for creating connectivity within the City. It needs to really welcome people in to San Clemente.

  • How about a nice dog park instead of ANOTHER parking lot? If our city “leaders” are not going to allow dogs on ANY of our beaches, not going to allow our dogs to play off leash at ANY of our parks, the only dog park that exists is miles inland and hardly worth the drive, very small, boring and ugly. How about a NICE one at least CLOSE to the beach?

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