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Despite a city staff recommendation to approve a proposed residential development in Trafalgar Canyon, California Coastal Commissioners voted, 9-0, on June 14 to deny the project at 217 Vista Marina in San Clemente.

Brian Swanstrom with Friends of Trafalgar Canyon said environmental advocates were able to prove that the near 9,000-square-foot project—complete with a house, deck and garage—violates city building codes and the 1976 Coastal Act.

Swanstrom said the home site would sit in an environmentally sensitive habitat area, and the lot is geologically unsafe and would require large-scale, destructive work to fix.

Lastly, advocates said that San Clemente’s preliminary approval of the coastal canyon project shows that the city did not follow required processes.

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