Posted 11/23/16: Loch Lomond Marina Update

On Monday November 21, 2016, the Coalition’s Marina Committee met with the S.R. Community Development Department (CDD) and S.R. Dept. of Public Works (DPW) for our regular monthly review of the developments at The Village at Loch Lomond Marina (aka “The Strand”). The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) also participated by conference call. The public is encouraged to communicate with the Marina Committee using the Contact the Marina Committee form to raise any issues or concerns so that they may be brought to the City’s attention.

The following items were discussed:
[NOTE: MVA below refers to Marina Village Associates, the owner and developer of this property]

Meeting Schedule: It was agreed to cancel the December meeting in deference to the holidays. The next meeting will be in January.

BCDC Order to  MVA: On November 3, 2016, BCDC formally approved the BCDC Stipulated Cease and Desist and Civil Penalty Order (CDD 2016.04) issued to MVA. The stipulated $210,000 fine was paid by MVA. However, MVA has already failed to comply with some of the conditions in that Order and will likely face additional penalties. BCDC has not yet determined how it will proceed with this matter, how the penalties will be calculated and imposed, and if any other conditions might be imposed as a result.

Fuel Dock: A question had been raised earlier as to whether BCDC needs to approve the re-opening of the fuel dock. BCDC confirmed that the fuel dock does require BCDC approval. BCDC does not believe that will be a problem. However, they do require that MVA formally request this as an amendment to the current BCDC permit. The City requires the fuel dock in its permits for this development. MVA is due to submit a permit amendment application to BCDC by November 30. 2016 as part of the Cease and Desist Order agreement and the City intends to have this item included.

Restaurant: BCDC met with MVA on November 14, 2016 and MVA said they would be including the shift of the Harbormaster’s Office to the combined restaurant/Harbormaster’s Office building in their permit amendment application due to BCDC by November 30, 2016. Originally, the Harbormaster’s Office was identified in the BCDC and City permits to be in the grocery market building. BCDC said that they would have no problem with this change.

Flooding on Eastern Breakwater Connection: The BCDC Cease and Desist Order specified that MVA must hire a certified specialist to conduct a flooding study and report the findings to BCDC. MVA has until April 28, 2017 to complete this flooding study for the eastern connector to the breakwater and the central spit (where the playground is located). MVA then has until June 30, 2017 to apply for a permit to BCDC to conduct the work specified in that study’s findings.

Public Access Areas: The City’s regulations call for dawn-to-dusk-only access to public parks managed by the City (and this property is included) while BCDC regulations call for 24/7 access on all shore lands regulated by BCDC. An initial agreement was reached between the City and BCDC that the public areas would be open 24/7 but the restrooms would be locked dusk-to-dawn. BCDC has ordered MVA to install timed locks on the restrooms. Meanwhile, discussions are ongoing between BCDC and City attorneys for a final resolution.

Dog Regulation Signage & Bags: BCDC takes no position regarding dogs on- or off-leash or in the water on areas under their jurisdiction and will support any position that the City takes, including signage. The City requires all dogs to be on-lease in public parks. Signage requests must come through MVA, not the City. So, the City must require MVA to submit the signage content and location to BCDC for approval. The City intends to have MVA include this information in its forthcoming permit amendment application.

Andy’s Market: The current construction schedule projects that the market will move from its current location to the new building on Loch Lomond Drive approximately mid-2017. (NOTE: See the updated Construction Schedule for more details)

Pt. San Pedro Road: Discussion was held on the timing of the road repaving and when the current entrance to Andy’s Market would be closed so the work on the medians could commence. DPW stated that the timing was in the hands of MVA at this point. They have not yet submitted any plans to the City for razing the current market building and beginning trucking in surcharge soil. Such plans would have to be reviewed and approved by the City before MVA could proceed.